Madaline is the founding executive director of Educators for Excellence in Minnesota. Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Madaline’s work in education started with volunteering in her mother’s elementary classroom and extended into college, where she served as an Upward Bound tutor in Flandreau, South Dakota. At that same time, she began volunteering on progressive campaigns and building political leadership of educators with Leadership for Educational Equity.
In 2009, she became part of a founding teaching team as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in St. Paul. She earned a master’s in teaching from Hamline University, and while teaching, she worked with other teachers to create a grassroots teacher group called Empowering Educators for Equity (E3MN).
In 2012, E3MN became the third official chapter of the E4E, and since then, E4E-Minnesota has grown to a network of more than 1,600 teachers across the Minneapolis–Saint Paul region working together in efforts to elevate the teaching profession and improve outcomes for students. E4E-Minnesota members have championed policy changes on topics ranging from strengthening teacher preparation to increasing teacher diversity to ending racial discipline disparity.