Amy Parsons has been a literacy educator and a fierce advocate for social justice in education for the past twenty years. Since 2018, she has been the Founding Director of High School English for Uncommon Schools, overseeing a team of curriculum writers for six literacy courses, developing and leading professional development for HS English teachers, and guiding strategic initiatives related to culturally responsive teaching, student support, and AP preparation. Prior to this role, Amy supported the development of literacy PD for grades K-12, and led working groups focused on building new instructional and coaching frameworks. Before joining Uncommon’s network team, Amy taught 6th and 7th grade Reading at Roxbury Prep in Boston, MA, and then was the Founding Dean of Curriculum & Instruction at Leadership Prep Bedford-Stuyvesant Middle Academy in Brooklyn, NY. Amy holds a B.A. in English Literature & Political Science from Saint Michael’s College, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University. Following college graduation, she dedicated three years to national service through AmeriCorps*NCCC and Citizen Schools.