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Elise Darwish has been on the leadership team of Aspire Public Schools since its founding and currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer. In this role she supports principals, oversees research and development pertaining to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and manages internal professional development programs. With over twenty-five years of experience in charter schools, traditional public schools and private schools, Elise was well-poised to design the Aspire education model and oversee its implementation. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher in the inner city of Chicago; since then, she has worked in the roles of teacher, mentor teacher, assistant principal, administrator and curriculum coordinator. Elise is a Fellow of the 11th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.