President and CEO
Catherine is the founder of the Summer Learning Collaborative, which was established as a product of her work with Teach for America (TFA) Delaware. While at TFA, Catherine served as the Director of Community Impact, through which she worked intensely with local teachers and community leaders to address summer learning loss and its impact on Wilmington’s low-income youth. Catherine is passionate about public service and youth empowerment, and has spent her career seeking solutions to educational and social inequities that plague low-income children. Catherine’s single-minded focus on equality has inspired her to work not only with local youth, but internationally, as she has spearheaded youth programming efforts in Kenya and India.
Darby joined the SummerCollab team in 2015 as a member of AmeriCorps’ Public Allies program. She was instrumental in helping the SummerCollab’s expansion into additional camps and in the founding and execution of Tyler’s Camp, through which students from local community centers opted in to various sports and arts camps. Darby also brings knowledge of child development and educational best practice stemming from her years as a preschool teacher. She recently spent six months in Uganda, directing service efforts in schools and hospitals.
Nancy is a TFA alumna who spent five years teaching 5th and 6th grade ELA. She recently joined the SummerCollab full-time, and is passionate about our work because as a teacher, she experienced first hand what it means for a child to lose knowledge during the summer months. Her work with SummerCollab focuses on curriculum development, and ensuring that not only are our kids gaining academic knowledge, but that they’re also growing their interpersonal skills and self-esteem. She spends much of her free time volunteering at her church, coaching basketball, and participating in after-school programs that empower children of color.
Director of Operations
Laura is also a TFA alumna, spending three years teaching preschool at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington, DE. Through her work there, Laura witnessed the importance of community-based centers, as well as the need for high-quality programming in community center space. As Director of Operations with the SummerCollab, Laura focuses on internal organizational development, and guiding SummerCollab’s expansion efforts. Prior to joining TFA, Laura was an attorney practicing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; her desire to work with children, especially those in highest need, drove her change in career and continue to inspire her work.