Lead Instructional Coach
Raised on the South Side of Chicago in Altgeld Gardens, Jillian Carew is committed to ensuring all students have access to a quality education. She earned a BA in Sociology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MAT in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
She started her teaching career as a Teach For America Corps Member teaching 3rd grade and continued her career as a 9th and 11th grade Math Teacher before serving as a Dean, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Adjunct Professor. During her time as a school leader, she secured more than half a million dollars in grant money to personalize learning for her students and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by creating a pathway to college for all kids.
Her passion for the work can be best summarized by a quote from Marian Wright Edelman: “The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.” As a first-generation college student, Jillian is committed to changing the narrative and proving what is both possible and probable for Black and Brown kids in the city of Chicago through the lens of equity for humanity. She loves to collect sneakers and travel in her spare time.