Who are we?
Vision: Generation Schools Network™ transforms public schools to ensure all students – regardless of life circumstances – are prepared for success in school, work, and life.
Mission: Generation Schools Network™ seeks to transform public education through sustainable, scalable strategies that drive student achievement and teacher effectiveness for all students and teachers.
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The Curriculum Team
Meet the Generation Schools Network SEL & CCR experts who researched and developed the curriculum collections and professional development sequences.
Leslie Tjajadi, Manager of Whole Student Success
Leslie leads the social-emotional learning, health and wellness, and community engagement work at Generation Schools Network after starting as a Community Engagement Associate in 2013. During her time at GSN, Leslie has provided professional development in social emotional learning to hundreds of teachers, written and managed several grants, and implemented GSN’s Advocacy program in 20 different school districts. Prior to joining GSN, Leslie taught middle and high school English in both Costa Rica and Denver Public Schools. She has also spent a year doing community mobilization with International Justice Mission in Bolivia. Leslie has a BA in Spanish and an MA in Intercultural Studies and ESL Education from Wheaton College.
Check out Leslie's LinkedIn profile here!
Katie Peyton, Implementation Manager
Katie has been a member of the GSN team since the spring of 2014. Since then, she has supported a school leadership team in both implementing the Generation Schools model and in providing general school support during the school’s first year of operation. She has helped create College and Career and Advocacy Units, conducts assessments of school's use of time and space, and advises on instructional best practices. Previously, she worked as a high school English teacher and administrator for a community school in Cincinnati, Ohio for six years. Check out Katie's LinkedIn profile here!
Christon Harris, Implementation Manager
Christon is a New York native who has spent the last decade endeavoring to bolster and enrich the lives of young, disadvantaged people of color in urban areas. His professional and personal efforts reinforce each other. His early experience designing curriculum aimed to help students succeed in college is useful in his current volunteer roles for two mentoring programs supporting young men of color: The Sankofa Project and the Bronx Brotherhood Project. In this capacity, he follows high school senior boys through their college graduation and beyond, helping them with topics from financial literacy to cultural competence and blackness.
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Melissa Muniz, Americorps VISTA, Curriculum Development
After graduating from Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado, Melissa moved to Fort Collins to receive her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Colorado State University. She became a VISTA with AmeriCorps shortly after her college graduation and was introduced to Generation Schools Network. With GSN, Melissa is currently assisting in curriculum development, focusing on college and career readiness.
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Samantha Sgourakes, Americorps VISTA, Curriculum Development
Sam has her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Sociology-Based Human Relations from Connecticut College and a M.P.A from the University of Colorado, Denver. Drawn to the mission and whole-child approach of Generation Schools Network, Sam joined the team in 2015. Curating research and developing curricula for the Advocacy and College and Career Readiness programs, Sam has been proud to work for an organization dedicated to ensuring that students have the competencies to succeed personally, academically, and professionally.
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Isabelle King, Americorps VISTA, Curriculum Development
Maggie Mather, Americorps VISTA, Content Development Specialist
Maggie is a recent graduate of Occidental College, where she received a degree in Critical Theory and Social Justice. During her time at Occidental, she served as a member of Peer Health Exchange, a national program that trains college students to master a comprehensive health curriculum, which they then teach to first year students in schools in the surrounding area. Maggie brought this experience to inner city Los Angeles and impacted her students’ health and wellness initiatives. She is joining the GSN VISTA team as a Content Development Specialist by supporting the development of our Social Emotional Learning curriculum.
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Serena Whitaker, Americorps VISTA, College and Career Engagements Specialist
Serena is GSN’s Career and College Engagement Specialist. She brings many valuable experiences and skills to GSN. Throughout her college career, Serena tutored and mentored underserved middle school students. While tutoring, Serena also spent volunteering over 200 hours for multiple causes with her sorority, Alpha Sigma Chi. She also served as her chapter president where she gained her valuable event planning experience. Serena is a graduate of State University of New York at Oswego, where she majored in adolescent education with a minor in history. At the end of her college career, Serena earned her initial New York State teaching license and is working diligently to obtain her Colorado teaching license.