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Nancy Duchesneau
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Nancy Duchesneau

Spencer Fellow for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

Nancy serves as a Spencer-funded doctoral fellow at The Education Trust. In this role, she works to fill current gaps in research, policy, and advocacy to ensure that social-emotional learning efforts in schools move forward in a beneficial way for all students, but especially for low-income students and students of color.

Prior to joining The Education Trust, Nancy worked in multiple roles, including as a tutor and barista before graduate school, and more recently as a research assistant under education faculty at Michigan State University. She has also previously worked on projects with researchers at ETS and interned with consultants at the Center for Assessment.

With Pennsylvania considered her home, Nancy received her B.S. from Lehigh University in psychology. Nancy is also currently in the final stages of the Education Policy Ph.D. program at Michigan State University, with a dissertation that focuses on the intersections of social emotional learning with culture and restorative justice.

Proudest Moment
Receiving my first acceptance letter to graduate school

What are people most surprised to learn about you?
I used to breakdance in college.

What drew you to education?
After college, I served as both a private tutor for wealthy families and a sub-contracted tutor in a low-income school district. Although my own experiences growing up had shown me that opportunities differ based on race and income, the differences in educational opportunities I saw as a tutor were stark. Upset with what I was seeing, I entered graduate school for education policy with the goal of finding ways to reduce these inequities.

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