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Heidi Reed

Instructional Coach

Heidi joined Turnaround in 2017 as an Instructional Coach in Washington, D.C. In this role, she coaches and leads professional development for teachers as part of the team based at Hendley Elementary and Turner Elementary schools.

Prior to joining Turnaround, Heidi served as an assistant principal at DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus, one of the highest-performing public charter networks in the city, where she supported culture and academic initiatives. One of Heidi’s biggest projects was leading organization-wide efforts to fully adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in grades K-8. Previously, she worked as a grade-level leader, department chair and teacher.

Heidi started her educational work in Washington, D.C. in 2007 as a Teach for America Corps member. Before that, she worked for the Neighborhood Schools Program at the University of Chicago, was a research assistant at the Chapin Hall Center for Children and participated in a fellowship at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Heidi earned her B.A. at the University of Chicago graduating with honors in a unique, interdisciplinary major called law, letters and society. She remains close to her family in Minnesota and visits them often, while calling Washington, D.C. her home.

What is the greatest invention of all time?

In the summer, air conditioning. When I am sick, NyQuil.

What motivates you?

I am motivated by a deep belief that education is transformative and that all students deserve the opportunity to experience such an education. Witnessing the unlimited capacity for learning in students inspires me to keep learning myself.

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