Sean Planchard

Employer: Education Opens Doors

After two year teaching 8th Grade Social Studies at T.C. Marsh Middle School, I am now working as an Impact Manager for the non-profit Education Opens Doors (EOD). Our mission at EOD is to empower students to purposefully navigate their pathway through high school and to college. The need couldn't be clearer. According to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 95% of at-risk students aspire to attend college yet only 8% actually make it. My role as Impact Manager is to support the schools, teachers, and students that partner with EOD and our Roadmap to Success Program. Through a data-driven curriculum, comprehensive manual on soft-skills and soft-knowledge, and on-site support I work to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and choice to change their lifelong trajectories. By no means is my ripple alone sufficient for creating the change that students across Dallas and America need. But I wholeheartedly believe that my work is valuable and important to the mounting tidal wave of change that will bring about the equality of access and opportunity for our students

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