Ariel Morris Spector

Director of Curriculum and Programming

amorris@breakthroughsv.org

After growing up and attending public schools in Stockton, California throughout elementary and middle school, and then having the opportunity to attend a private, college preparatory boarding school for high school, Ariel witnessed first-hand the inequity that exists between schools. As a result, she has dedicated her work in education to public school students. Ariel received her Bachelor’s degree in English at U.C. Berkeley, and upon graduating, was selected for the Teach For America corps in Los Angeles. There, she taught 7th grade English while simultaneously earning her teaching credential through UCLA’s TeachLA cohort, with a special emphasis on social justice in urban schools. Beginning in Los Angeles and eventually returning to the Bay Area, Ariel taught English at public middle and high schools for a total of eleven years, and also earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature. Ariel has always taught and worked with the belief that all students can be successful if given the right tools and support.

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