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Reform Leaders' Summit Spotlights

Jamie Crain: Getting to the Heart of School Choice

Tim Will on Tuesday, 17 March 2020.

Jamie Crain - Most Pure Heart of Mary in Mobile, Alabama

Twelve years ago, Jamie Crain’s husband Max popped the question…

“So, what do you think about Alabama?”

Her response: “I don’t. I’m from the suburbs of Chicago. This is as far south as I’m going.”

Amanda Pertierra: Serving Students and Families by Building Community

Tim Will on Monday, 10 February 2020.

amandapertierrrareformleaderssummitPhoto credit: Cristo Rey New York High School

If you had asked Amanda Pertierra when she went off to college about ways to make our society a more just place, education would not have been at the top of her list.

Joseph Connor: Fighting Educational Inequality by Giving Back

Tim Will on Monday, 16 December 2019.

Reform Leaders' Summit - Joe Connor

Joseph Connor has worn many hats in the fight for education reform. He has alternately worked as a teacher, a research analyst, in-house legal counsel, and as a pro bono attorney. Most recently, Joseph has continued his school choice work by becoming a member of the 11th cohort of the Alliance for Catholic Education’s Reform Leaders’ Summit.

Dr. Tim Uhl: A Superintendent Seeks Enrichment at the Reform Leaders’ Summit

on Monday, 18 February 2019.

By: Darby Evans

Tim Uhl Reform Leaders' Summit

If you hope to one day become a superintendent, Dr. Tim Uhl has some advice for you—get ready for a dynamic, multifaceted leadership role. Uhl, the superintendent of Catholic Schools for Montana and the founder of the “Catholic School Matters” podcast and newsletter, loves his job precisely because it demands expertise in several domains.

Marianela Nuñez: Connecting Latino Families to Catholic Schools with the Reform Leaders’ Summit

on Thursday, 14 February 2019.

Marianela Nunez - Reform Leaders' Summit

If it is true that “your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need,” Marianela Nuñez has found that vocation in the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Nuñez, an exuberant woman who emigrated from the Dominican Republic, directs the diocesan Latino Enrollment Initiative where she connects Latino families with Catholic schools. In this role, Nuñez is able to utilize so many of her gifts and skills: her communication background, natural affability, and love for her community and culture. Because Nuñez does such excellent work building the Latino community among South Jersey Catholic schools, she was nominated to attend the Reform Leaders’ Summit to broaden her understanding of educational choice in the United States.