Meet Kirtley, BIF's newest Experience Designer
We're so excited to welcome Kirtley to the BIF team. She will be adding some major chops to our latest project in the Student Experience Lab.
What impresses me about BIF is the dedication to shape a better experience by hearing from every voice, especially from populations that are normally overlooked. I am excited to join the BIF team and be part of a passionate community with both local roots and global connections. -- Kirtley
Kirtley is from Newport, RI and received a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University. After college, she moved to Washington, DC and worked as a legislative aide for Congressman Jim Langevin (RI). Most recently, she served as Senior Legislative Assistant and advised the Congressman on issues that included education, business, labor, economic development and children & families. She enjoyed working on collaborative efforts that brought together multiple stakeholders to support student success, especially underserved students. She worked to promote the inclusion of art and design thinking in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields. She also worked to curb identity theft and promote financial literacy among the foster youth population.
Curiosity about the education system and leveraging partnerships brought her to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she earned a master's degree in education focused on systems change and implementing innovative concepts. She researched student-centered learning, including design thinking in the classroom. She believes we are lifelong learners, where learning extends beyond the classroom to the workplace and community.
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