Jade Rivera brings to The Fellowship a range of teaching and leadership experiences that drive her to found and lead a high-achieving charter school in Albuquerque, NM.

Jade is from Albuquerque, where she was raised by a single mother, and graduated top of her class from the local high school. While pursuing her degree, she decided to volunteer at the campus community service agency, which helped shape her desire to spend her life serving her hometown.

During her final year in college, Jade served as a Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach For America. Upon graduation, she became a Corps member, moving to Las Vegas, NV, to teach middle school math for two years. Returning to New Mexico, she worked as a policy administrator for the state’s Public Education Department, directing innovation truancy and dropout prevention programming, as well as managing professional development opportunities for educators in areas of culturally and linguistically responsive instruction and Common Core State Standards implementation.

Jade believes that strong teachers are truly the key to students’ success. “The greatest predictor of student success is not family income, race, ethnicity, or even the school a student attends; from my experience, the greatest indicator is access to exceedingly wonderful educators. Great teachers mold great students, who build great schools.” Jade intends for her school to achieve greatness in this way.

Jade received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas.