Alison Welcher

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Current Role: Doctoral Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Fellowship Role: Director of School Leadership for Project L.I.F.T. at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, NC

Pre-Fellowship Role: Principal/Project L.I.F.T. Initiative at Ranson IB Middle School

Teach For America Alumni: Charlotte 2007

Alison Welcher is currently a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and served as the Fellowship Director of the Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools Project after SSLF. As an SSLF fellow, she served as the Director of School Leadership for Project L.I.F.T. with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In this role, she provided coaching and professional development to school leaders in the nine Project L.I.F.T. schools, ranging K-12 and serving over 7,500 scholars. Prior to this role, she served as the Principal of Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte, NC. In this capacity, she led school turnaround, serving over 1,000 scholars and over 100 staff members. During her tenure, Ranson IB was one of four schools to launch the Opportunity Culture Initiative and was named in the “Getting Smart: 100 Schools Worth Visiting” in 2014. In 2014- 2015, she led her school to increase the school accountability performance grade from a D to a C in one year, and the school was in the top 25 schools in the state for the Student Growth Index, with an 11.84 growth index resulting in “exceeding expected growth.” Before joining Project L.I.F.T., Alison was an Assistant Principal of Instruction/Strategic Staffing Initiative at Zebulon B. Vance High School in Charlotte, NC.

Alison holds an M.Ed. in Risk and Prevention from Harvard and a B.A. in English from Spelman College.