Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2015 Washington Fellow
Bio/Overview: Meredith Morelle is an Instructional Coach for the Capitol Hill Campus of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy where she just completed her fourth year of work. Morelle's career in education began in 2002. After studying and working in the field of journalism, Morelle switched to teaching in an effort to work toward social justice in our nation. She began as part of the Prince George's Country Teaching Project and spent three years as a 9th, 11th, and 12th grade English teacher at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Maryland. Morelle then moved to Barcelona, Spain, in 2005, to learn Spanish and teach English and from there to New York City to attend Columbia University's graduate program in Human Rights Studies. While in New York, Morelle taught English for Speakers of Other Languages Instructor (ESOL) for a Family Literacy Program and spent two years teaching sixth grade Humanities at The East Harlem School, where she focused on revising the curriculum to include writing portfolios and more cooperative learning strategies. Upon earning her master's degree, Morelle returned to the Washington, DC area and spent two years as a Center Director for Higher Achievement, a year-round academic enrichment program for middle school students in historically underserved communities. In 2011, she returned to a traditional school setting and became the Instructional Lead Teacher for the English Department at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy and more recently the school's Instructional Coach.
Values/Philosophy: Morelle believes that education has the power to be the "great equalizer" in our society, and that schools must lead the country in fulfilling the promise of our democracy. Morelle is passionate about the fact that every child has the fundamental human right to a quality education and to be free from discrimination of any kind. She wants to help change the reality that students in one state, district, or school may be significantly behind students in another because of vast disparities in funding, facilities, resources, and staffing. Morelle envisions an educational system that fulfills its duty to support all students in reaching their highest potentials, and, in the process, dismantles systems of privilege and disadvantage so that our nation may at last embody the concept of "liberty and justice for all." In order to realize this vision, Morelle believes that schools must focus on holistic education practices that include explicit human rights and anti-bias curricula.
Achievements: Morelle presented her Master's Thesis, Toward a True American Democracy: Proposing a Nationwide Anti-Racist Education Initiative, at the 2014 International Conference on Human Rights Education in Washington, DC. She earned the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools' "Sí Se Puede" and "The Hill" staff awards, was featured in The East Harlem School's "Spotlight on a Teacher", and was named "Favorite English Teacher" and "Most Enthusiastic Teacher" at Crossland High School. In addition, she was highlighted in the 2003-2003 and 2004-2005 editions of Who's Who Among American Teachers. As a journalist, Morelle was chosen among hundreds of applicants as the 2000-2001 WUSA-TV 9 Reporter Fellow. Morelle is a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in Journalism, Alpha Lambda Delta National Academic Honor Society, and Golden Key Honor Society.
Leadership Experience: At Chavez, Morelle focuses on teacher development and provides leadership and coaching for the English department. Her work includes conducting observations and debriefs, facilitating planning meetings and data conversations, and co-teaching with her collaborating teachers. As the leader of the English team, Morelle created "Bard Day," an annual school-wide celebration of William Shakespeare's contribution to literature and language. As a member of the instructional leadership team, Morelle helps plan and implement professional learning and is the leader for cultural proficiency trainings. Morelle also developed her leadership skills while at Higher Achievement. Her role as Center Director included managing students, staff, and volunteers during a 25-week after-school program and six-week summer academy.
Affiliations: Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, Higher Achievement, American Federation of Teachers, University Settlement, Bess Escuela De Idiomas, Crossland High School, WUSA-TV 9, Associated Press Television News, Cox Broadcasting, WTTG Fox 5 News, Joe Solvo Primary School, Humanity World International, El Refugio de Los Suenos
Education: Morelle graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism, and minors in Literature and Theater, from American University. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in Human Rights Studies, with a focus on Race and Ethnicity, from Columbia University.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Human Rights/Anti-Bias Education
- Cultural Proficiency/Culturally Responsive Instruction
- English Language Arts Instruction
- Equity Initiatives
- Instructional Coaching