Cherise Ayers is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. Her 20 year career in K-12 education has included numerous roles, including teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, and equity supervisor for an urban school district. Professionally, Ayers has developed expertise in professional development, strengthening support systems for students, and evaluating programs. Ayers is passionate about nurturing community and family engagement and implementing systems of progressive change.
In her previous role as Equity Supervisor for an urban school district in the midwestern region of the United States, Ayers is responsible for creating and facilitating professional development on equity, managing district equity programs for students and staff, and promoting the equitable implementation of curricula and programs throughout the district.
Ayers holds a B.A. in English from Spelman College and an M.A. in secondary education and teaching from Brown University. A teacher at heart, Ayers' specialty is making connections as she explains complex and uncomfortable topics with style, humor, and grace.