Elana has over 15 years of experience in education as a history teacher, a counselor, a school leader, and a consultant.  She has worked with both district and charter schools all over the US. Her consulting practice focuses on designing and redesigning schools in order to prepare all students to succeed in a global workplace. 


Her major projects include:

  • Project Manager for the Neighborhood House High School Expansion

  • Instructional Designer and Founding Team member for East Bay Innovation Academy

  • Founding team member, coach, and program designer for Mass IDEAS, a project of Next Generation Learning Challenges

  • Personalized Learning coach and PD facilitator for New Schools for New Orleans

  • Design lead for Bricolage Academy 7-12 expansion

  • Leadership coach for Leading Educators

  • Project Manager for the Boston International Newcomers Academy redesign and expansion


Prior to her work in education, Elana spent four years in technology start-ups. She began her teaching career as an Americorps member in the Harlem Children’s Zone, then taught history at San Mateo High School, then was a history teacher and school leader at Summit Public Schools.


Elana has an M.A. and a teaching credential from Stanford University and a  B.A in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University.  


When not creating the schools of the future, Elana can be found: running, patiently working on her meditation practice, visiting foreign lands, listening to live music, and volunteering to support local politics. 


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