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Karolyn Belcher is Executive Vice President for New Teacher Effectiveness at The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most. Karolyn leads TNTP's largest group, which recruits more than 1,600 teachers each year for high-need schools and subjects, and pioneers new ways of preparing those teachers to be effective in the classroom. Previously, as Vice President of Human Capital, Karolyn led TNTP's efforts to recruit and develop an exceptional staff of educational leaders. Karolyn began her career as a charter corps member of Teach For America, teaching science in New Orleans. She later joined the national staff of Teach For America, leading its pre-service training institute in Houston. Karolyn was one of TNTP's first employees, leaving for several years to serve as the founding school director of the John A. Reisenbach Charter School, one of the first three charter schools in New York State. She currently is the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Prospect Hill Charter School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Karolyn has a degree in Biological Science from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Fellow of the 11th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.