DR. AYANNA GORE
was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. With a long line of preachers, Sunday school teachers and teacher aides in her family, education has always been the focus despite the fact that she earned a college degree before any siblings or her parents. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology of Crime and Justice from Loyola University—Chicago. She entered education after joining Teach For America as a high school science instructor and continued her work in education for the last 13 years. Her passions lie within mindset coaching, classroom management, curriculum/instructional development and diversity, equity and inclusion within the school system. She graduated with her doctorate in Educational Leadership at DePaul University in April 2020 where her research was titled, “AM I A SYSTEMIC INIQUITY INTERRUPTER? UNDERSTANDING THE INFLUENCE OF CRITICAL RACE EDUCATING THROUGH THE NARRATIVES OF ALTERNATIVE ED. BLACK EDUCATORS” She focuses on providing support to educators with a cultural competency lens. Her motto is, “Where teachers learn, students learn!” She was a school leader in Chicago where she led turnaround efforts in 2016 which successfully moved the school from off of the Chicago Public Schools warning list. She served as a school leader and Executive Director of Summit Sierra High School in Seattle from 2018-2021 where her leadership focused on developing anti racist leadership within students. She is now the Vice President of Selection at Teach For America working on creating equitable selection systems within the organization. In her free time, she enjoys being a dance mom for her 4 year old and teaching fitness classes.