Amal lived in five different countries growing up, moving because of her father’s job as a diplomat. While she loved immersing in new cultures with every move, strong, supportive schools remained the constant in her life. Originally from Bangladesh, Amal was always aware of the disparity between the schools she attended and those that majority of Bangladeshi children attended. This led to her interest in education as a lever for transforming not just individual lives but whole societies.
After graduating from Pomona College with a degree in politics, Amal taught middle school English to amazing kids at Crazy Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Following her time in the classroom, Amal spent a year in Malaysia on a Fulbright research grant to work with teachers in the Teach for Malaysia program. She then pursued her interest in policy by earning a master’s in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University where she concentrated in international development and earned distinction on her qualifying examination.
Amal joined the Educators for Excellence policy team because she is passionate about using research and advocacy to advance rational policies and move the needle on education. She truly believes that elevating the teaching profession and prioritizing student outcomes can go hand in hand − and that educator voices are critical to achieve this vision.