Ebony English

Director of School Transformation, Philadelphia

Ebony’s commitment to cultural responsive teaching and educational equity began as an early childhood teacher at the Emory Autism Center. In this position, she taught children with Autism Spectrum Disorders language development, life skills and social development. She then went on to teach for the Head Start Program in the Atlanta area. Her class consisted of refugee preschoolers. It was then Ebony became passionate about advocating for English Language Learners. Ebony who double majored in Professional Writing and Communications at Purdue University, went on to earn her Master’s degree in Middle Grades Education at Mercer University. For several years she taught English Language Arts at a turnaround school, where she had the opportunity to lead the Language Arts department. She also led a year-long, school-wide professional development on cultural responsive teaching to ensure students’ academic and social needs were being met. Ebony is very passionate about literacy and has taught in several settings such as the Jefferson County Adult Education Program teaching GED reading courses and in Fuzhou, China teaching conversational English. When she is not at work, Ebony can be found reading, watching documentaries, or trying new recipes.

Education is all a matter of building bridges.– Ralph Ellison