Joelle Formato approaches The Fellowship with optimism and determination as she sets out to found and lead a high-achieving charter school in Buffalo, NY.

Joelle began her career in education as a Teach For America Corps member. She taught seventh and eighth grade math at a turnaround middle school in Maryland, where she also chaired the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support team. In this role, she spearheaded the analysis of discipline data, so that adults in the community could proactively intervene and make targeted decisions on issues of school culture.

More recently, Joelle has worked as a school counselor at a charter high school in Buffalo, NY, where she improved student retention rates and raised overall academic achievement. She consulted with teachers, parents, and administrators on removing barriers to academic success for her students. Coordinating and leading the Academic Review Board conferences for struggling students, she met with the most at-risk students, problem solving ways to improve their behavior and academic performance. Through this role, she learned how important it is to encourage each student to succeed, removing physical as well as mental barriers to their success.

Through her career, Joelle has amassed a wealth of educational experience, which she will channel into the creation of her own school. She is excited to bring a high-quality educational experience to her community in Buffalo, and to enable and equip more students to strive for and achieve unparalleled academic success.

Joelle holds a B.S. in Accounting and Human Development from Boston College and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Buffalo.