SEN’s leaders are onetime school founders and principals who led schools that represented the top performing turnaround efforts in the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). Based on this success, our team was tasked with revitalizing the district’s Office of New Schools, and under the leadership of founding CEO Alex Shub, engineered the relaunch of 121 schools — part of an initiative that the research organization MDRC found successfully increased outcomes for students of color across New York City. Today, we share that expertise with school systems around the country, partnering with districts to support the design and implementation of school resets that produce dramatic gains for underserved students.

SEN is able to provide districts and educators with a roadmap for creating more high-quality seats and significantly improving results for students. Since its launch in 2015, SEN has brought its services to partners as diverse the Education Achievement Authority and Detroit Children’s Fund in Michigan; the Texas Education Agency and Midland Independent School District in Texas; the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership and Southbridge Public Schools in Massachusetts; Natchitoches Schools in Louisiana; Atlanta Public Schools, as well as the UP Education Network.


With 20+ years in the field of education, Carolyn’s roles have included serving as the executive director for school quality for the NYCDOE and as founding principal for the Academy for Young Writers. Carolyn began her career by  teaching high school ELA. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland and has a degree in educational administration from Baruch College. More

Executive Director

A teacher in NYC. A school director and principal in the South Bronx. A leadership and literacy consultant in Newark. Ryan has been committed to increasing student achievement through systematic work with stakeholders at every level. Most recently, Ryan served as a talent coach for TNTP. Ryan has a BA in English from Amherst College, an MA in teaching English, and an MEd in curriculum and teaching. More

Chief Operating Officer

Eduardo has more than 15 years of experience managing programs and operations on behalf of large government agencies and nonprofit organizations, which includes leading: finance, grant management, procurement, and human resource teams. Eduardo received his MBA from Yale School of Management. More

Program Director

Kate Callaghan began her career as a biology teacher at one of the first small schools in the South Bronx. She then became the assistant principal and principal at the Bronx Leadership Academy II, where she developed a comprehensive teacher performance management system. More

Program Director

Rolandria started her career in education as a middle school teacher. She then became a school administrator, supporting the development of positive school culture. Afterward, she accepted the role of founding principal of a charter school in New Bedford. Prior to joining SEN, Rolandria worked as an instructional coach for Turnaround for Children. More

Program Director

Adam Paredes, LMSW, possesses more than 11 years of experience in public education. He has served as a school social worker, a dean of students, and a restorative justice coordinator. Before joining SEN, Adam served as director of high school admissions for the NYCDOE Office of Student Enrollment. Adam holds a BS in human services from St. John’s University and an MSW from New York University. More

Program Director

Mike has 20 years of experience working in public schools. He began his career in education at one of the first small high schools in the South Bronx, where he was an English teacher. Mike then served as assistant principal for operations and as an instructional leader at a small high school where he developed an innovative teacher/coach model and oversaw a transition to standards-based assessment. More


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SEN’s CEO previously oversaw the quality reviews for all 1,700 schools in New York City. Today SEN leads school quality assessment and strategic planning support for chronically underperforming schools and districts in Massachusetts, as well as for middle schools in Rhode Island.



Founding members of SEN engineered the launch of 121 new schools across NYC. MDRC researchers found that these schools successfully increased outcomes for students of color. SEN now leads new school design training for the Texas Education Agency (TEA).



SEN has designed and led programs to support emerging school leaders in developing knowledge and skills critical to effective leadership. Today it supports leaders in Midland, Detroit, and Atlanta.