Teri West brings 30 years’ experience in K-16 education, first as a high school English teacher, then working with education non-profit organizations where she focused on school improvement. As Senior Program Officer at the Academy for Educational Development, she managed the development and implementation of their middle school improvement program, and developed program and training materials for site-based coaches. Teri currently works with public high schools, colleges, and other education organizations, such as FHI 360, in New York City and Philadelphia to improve access to and success in college for first generation and low-income students. Teri has a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University, and a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Boston University.
Rochelle Nichols-Solomon is an education specialist with more than twenty-five years of experience designing, managing, and supporting the implementation of major multi-year school and community education initiatives.
At FHI 360, Rochelle leads a diverse portfolio of Postsecondary Success Programs. She most recently directed the Postsecondary Success Collaborative that led to significant improvement in college enrollment and persistence for underserved high school students in three urban communities. Her area of expertise includes providing high impact technical assistance to schools/districts, higher education, youth serving organizations as well as family and community partners. This work contributes to a collective impact strategy, and includes the development of educational tools, guides, and other materials.
Rochelle studied and earned her degree in education from Cheyney University. She has managed numerous secondary education projects, taught pre-school to adults, directed public housing education programs, pioneered K-16 Compacts, and served as a Community Foundation Program Officer.
Maud Abeel is Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships for Postsecondary Success Programs, including the Postsecondary Success Collaborative. Her other roles at FHI 360 include: Technical Assistance liaison to Succeed 2020, a statewide initiative in North Dakota to increase students’ success in postsecondary education and 21st century careers; and Co-director of a school leadership initiative designed to strengthen the preparation and professional growth of principals in the Upper Midwest. Currently, she is also helping to launch FHI 360’s participation in the groundbreaking Community Schools initiative in New York City.
Previously, Maud was the director of the College Bound program at New Visions for Public Schools. Before that, she worked at Carnegie Corporation of New York where she provided technical and research assistance to national grant initiatives and was a contributing author to Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century. Maud has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a 1992 Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, MD.