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I think that the job of a teacher—educating the next generation to ask questions, solve problems, and think critically about the world around them—is one of the most important jobs that exists

Ginna Roach
2013 Fellow

Ginna Roach

2013 Fellow

Hailing from just outside the nation’s capital, Ginna attended suburban schools in the metropolitan area. Afforded the privilege of attending schools with resources and inspirational teachers, she noticed the marked difference whenever she worked in schools in the District of Columbia Public School System. This disparity made her consider working as a teacher in an urban public school after college.

In high school, she was fortunate enough to have an Advanced Placement (AP) calculus teacher who brought math to life and a smile to her face. This teacher empowered his students to take risks and succeed in his class. As a student in this class, it dawned on Ginna that his ability to inspire joy and confidence in others was something that she wanted to emulate.

While studying math and Spanish at Dartmouth College, Ginna embarked on a life-changing experience. For three months, she worked as a volunteer math teacher in Salasaca, Ecuador. Teaching students that differed widely in age and ability transformed her outlook on teaching and helped Ginna come to a deeper understanding of herself. Upon returning from Ecuador, she was determined to become a teacher.

After completing the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program, Ginna will remain in Chicago to teach in the public school system. Her favorite lessons “are those that allow students to discover things about the world and build connections between ideas.”

This diehard Nationals fan loves softball, rugby and solving puzzles. She is truly passionate about rugby, as it provides an outlet for her energy and gives her the opportunity to work with strong, inspiring women.

Ginna is “excited to have the KSTF community as a continual source of feedback, energy, support, and ideas,” as she embarks on her teaching journey.