I AM ELP: Programs & Operations Senior Manger, Rachel Maida


Describe what you do at ELP?

I lead the operations side of Envision Learning Partners. This primarily involves behinds the scenes work to ensure our infrastructure and systems are running smoothly so our coaches can deliver high-quality professional development. ELP’s start-up culture has built our service and systems through many years of relationship building, prototyping, and refining.

What experiences brought you to ELP?

I began my work with Envision as an English teacher at City Arts and Tech [our school in San Francisco]. After stepping out of the classroom, I worked closely with all of our schools in a highly successful reading intervention program. In 2010, I became a founding member of the Envision Learning Partners team. We spent the first several years of ELP figuring out the most high leverage work we could do with our external partners. The journey has been amazing – we’ve grown our service from 3 team members serving 1 partner to 11 team members serving over 60 partners.

What do you enjoy most about working for ELP?

I am driven by the mission of ELP and expanding positive educational impact to all students. I believe deeply in providing access and high-quality learning experiences to all students. At ELP we primarily work with adult learners to refine their teaching practices and educational systems, but my motivation still comes from impacting students’ lives by shifting adult teaching and learning.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I spend most of my time on outdoor adventures with my wonderful husband and two children. We like to hike, rock climb, backpack, ski, and camp whenever we have the opportunity. Almost every morning before the sun is up you can find me at a barre class and I always sneak in time to read several novels per month.

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