Meet TNTP's leadership team: 20 people who shape the organization's goals, services and strategy.
As TNTP’s President, Karolyn Belcher oversees all of TNTP’s partnerships with school systems nationwide. Currently, TNTP is active in more than 30 cities.
Karolyn was one of TNTP’s first employees after its founding in 1997. After leaving for several years to found the John A. Reisenbach Charter School, one of the first three charter schools in New York State, she returned to TNTP in 2007. Since then she has served in a variety of senior leadership roles, including Vice President for Human Capital and Executive Vice President for Talent & Operations.
Immediately prior to becoming President in June 2015 as part of TNTP’s long-term growth strategy, Karolyn served as Executive Vice President for TNTP’s New Teacher Effectiveness group, leading 150 staff members to recruit teachers for high-need schools and pioneer new ways of preparing those teachers to be effective in the classroom. In this role she oversaw the training of more than 5,200 Teaching Fellows across 14 states and the District of Columbia.
She also participated in the writing of two publications sharing TNTP’s approach to teacher preparation: Leap Year (2013), on TNTP’s experience overhauling its Teaching Fellows programs to link teacher certification to classroom performance, and Fast Start (2014), on TNTP’s pre-service training model.
Karolyn began her career teaching science in New Orleans as a charter corps member of Teach For America. She later joined the national staff of Teach For America, leading its pre-service training institute in Houston. She has a BA in Biological Science from Mount Holyoke College and an MA of Education in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the co-chair of the Board of Trustees of Prospect Hill Charter School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.