Born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Deanna loves all outdoor activities. She was fortunate to grow up by New York’s best state parks, which encouraged her to stray not too far from home for her undergraduate work at Binghamton University. Majoring in both psychology and Africana studies, Deanna’s passion grew for promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. After graduating, Deanna worked as an adjunct lecturer with the Africana studies department, and through her lens as an educator, she realized that many of her students did not have the same educational foundations. This inspired her to embark on a path of attaining education equity.
Deanna then received her master’s of social work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in children, youth, and families. Deanna’s passion for policy grew through this program as did her understanding of racial inequity across the United States. Completing an internship with a foster care agency in New York City further drove Deanna to advocate for policy reform for students of color and those from low-income families.
As a member of the E4E team, Deanna highlights her passion to ensure key teachers have a voice in policy change. Deanna is excited to work with Connecticut's staff and teachers to support E4E’s mission to ensure teacher voices are heard in educational policy.
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