College Possible is welcoming Amanda Leigh Albert and Suzie Considine into leadership roles as high school program coordinators. In their new roles, Albert and Considine will coordinate the organization’s work with low-income students in Milwaukee high schools. Both will supervise eight AmeriCorps members serving as high school coaches for College Possible Milwaukee students.
College Possible works to make college admission and success possible for low-income students in Milwaukee by providing after-school college access programming to nearly 600 juniors and seniors at 10 high schools. The organization also serves more than 800 students through its college program, as they work to complete their degrees.
A native of South Milwaukee, Albert received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and history from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland, specializing in management & leadership and public sector financial management. She joins the College Possible team after serving for two years with Teach for America in Kansas City as a middle school English teacher.
“I wanted the opportunity to continue impacting academic achievement in underserved communities, outside of the traditional classroom setting,” said Albert. “I want to build on the successes that College Possible Milwaukee, our coaches and our students are seeing already.”
“Amanda’s experience as a classroom teacher with Teach for America is invaluable,” said Edie Turnbull, executive director of College Possible Milwaukee. “Pair that with her love of data, and it’s a winning combination for our team.”
Considine, a native of Portage, Wisconsin, received her bachelor’s degree in life sciences communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following her graduation, she completed two terms of service with College Possible Milwaukee as an AmeriCorps college coach. Considine went on to work as a Youth Employment Specialist and Youth Programs Specialist at Commonwealth, Inc, a nonprofit community development organization in Madison, where she mentored low-income high school students.
“I enjoy the challenges and rewards of making success in higher education a reality for all students, and I am excited to return to College Possible to do that work,” said Considine. “I look forward to being a part of the organization as it continues to grow.”
“It’s exciting to welcome Suzie back as a member of our leadership team,” said Turnbull. “She was an outstanding AmeriCorps coach with us, and she brings a wonderful energy and knowledge of our culture that is key in helping our students achieve success.”
The previous experience of both new high school program coordinators in service and leadership positions will support College Possible Milwaukee’s goal of making college graduation a reality for Milwaukee’s low-income students.
Biographies and photos for Albert and Considine are available at http://www.collegepossible.org/leadershipteammilwaukee.