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New Teacher Center Announces Departure of Chief Program Officer Atyani Howard

Atyani Howard, Former NTC Chief Program Officer
Atyani Howard, NTC Chief Program Officer

New Teacher Center today announced that Atyani Howard will leave the organization at the end of January to join nonprofit education talent solutions provider Promise54’s leadership team.

The organization will start a national search for NTC’s next chief program officer in March 2024. In the interim, CEO Tommy Chang, Vice President of Program Delivery and Internal Learning Krysten Wendell, Vice President of Design and Innovation Lisa Settle, and Senior Director of Program Strategic Initiatives Katy Kadree will provide oversight and support to program teams.

“Atyani has been more than a strategic leader for NTC over the past five years,” said CEO Tommy Chang. “She has been a catalyst for pushing our work to meet the many challenges facing schools with high-quality, student-centered professional learning for educators. Atyani’s leadership of the Program Team has scaled and aligned our service offerings to meet our ambitious mission. She has been instrumental in identifying anchors for our work and defining our point of view. Our incredible reach and impact are possible due to her tireless creativity, pursuit of justice, and embrace of the transformative power of relationships.”

Howard continues to support the program and leadership teams to ensure a smooth transition and continued momentum. We thank her for her leadership in:

  • Providing significant guidance and strategic planning through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Overseeing NTC’s programs reimagining and innovation to align with our mission statement and support of systemically underserved students
  • Implementing a five-year strategic plan with a focus on program growth, internal learning, culture-building, and more
  • Driving NTC’s vision for teaching and learning: The Elephant in the (Class)room
  • Serving as interim co-CEO for eight months during a leadership transition

“We’re excited for her new role as president with Promise54,” said Shruti Sehra, chair of NTC’s Board of Directors. “We are proud she’ll take NTC’s mission and human-centered ethos into new opportunities to develop the conditions our educators need to thrive. We know Atyani will champion that every part of education systems and design must embrace the identities and strengths of each student and the educators who serve them.”

Over the next several months, NTC will begin identifying NTC’s next Chief Program Officer. During this transition period, we will continue building on NTC’s classroom-to-system professional learning approach to create optimal learning environments for educators and students.

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