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Joel Scott, M.S.Ed.

Instructional Coach

Joel joined Turnaround for Children in 2015 as an Instructional Coach. In this role, he facilitates professional development sessions, supports teachers to gain classroom management and instructional skills and prepares school leaders to support and sustain teachers’ skills. Joel also collaborates with principals and team members to establish school staff teams that are responsible for addressing student behavior, academic, social and emotional issues.

Prior to Turnaround, Joel worked for Goodwill BEGIN, an education program for adults receiving public assistance. While there, he supported the organization in the roles of Orientation and Assessment Coordinator and Senior Teacher. Later, Joel taught elementary grade levels across Brooklyn for several years. Joel also serves as the Associate Director of It’s Showtime NYC.

Joel received his M.S.Ed. from Brooklyn College and B.A. from Binghamton University in psychology and African studies. In 2015, Joel was selected to be an Education Pioneers Fellow at New York City Department of Education Office of Teacher Effectiveness and currently serves on the Education Pioneers Eastern Region Alumni Board.

Who do you admire most in your life?

The person I most admire in life is my father. To grow up incredibly poor, almost in a shack of a house, and to accomplish so much from such humble beginnings, has always been an inspiration to me. His incredible work ethic, smile and devotion to his family, work and purpose is amazing. He is my best friend as well.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is not here yet. I have been working with and for children of color in a variety of academic settings with success for 13 years. Seeing children make gains and achieve goals they thought were out of reach means everything to me. I look forward to supporting and providing more love, resources and leadership to children in the future.

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