For 25 years, New Teacher Center has focused on getting better at what we do. Our reputation is built on giving educators access to career-shaping coaches and mentors — high-trust relationships that lead to deep, personal, affirming, and reflective learning experiences. The goal is that teachers can, in turn, model these same practices and ways of being in their classrooms with their students.
New Teacher Center (NTC) is pleased to announce that Sabrina Plassman has been named our chief operating officer. Her role is to provide leadership of our Finance, Operations, Impact, and Technology teams, ensuring NTC’s excellent operational support across the organization. She aligns business, financial, and technical strategies to enable a highly inclusive culture for team members to thrive in a collaboration-first environment.
“New Teacher Center’s partnerships with hundreds of districts nationwide are possible because of the incredible teams operationalizing our programs and mission,” said CEO Tommy Chang. “Sabrina has been an integral part of our organization, having previously served as the Senior Vice President of Program and Partnerships and, more recently, the acting COO. Her unwavering belief that people drive possibility and her deep knowledge of NTC’s work position Sabrina to continue bridging our teams with transparency, efficacy, and assets at the center.”
Before serving as the acting chief operating officer, Sabrina was the senior vice president of program, overseeing the Innovation and Design, Delivery, Federal Grants, Internal Learning, Impact, and Professional Learning Systems teams at NTC. During her tenure, she worked to:
- Develop NTC’s internal learning strategy, which prioritized strengthening NTC’s approach to people management
- Support the design and planning for NTC’s impact strategy to align with our strategic plan and theory of change
Sabrina began her career in education as a 6th-grade teacher in North Carolina. Before joining NTC, she worked as a partner with TNTP to manage talent and academic contracts and support school districts in launching academic strategic plans focused on the implementation of and professional learning for high-quality math and English Language Arts curricular materials. In addition, Sabrina served as partnership manager with Insight Education Group, director of data analytics with KIPP Chicago, and managing director of district strategy for Teach For America Chicago.
Sabrina earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and English from Boston College, where she also competed on the rowing team, a master’s degree in policy organization and leadership from Stanford University’s School of Education, and a master’s in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Sabrina lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three young children.
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Over the past year, it has been a rewarding journey as I assumed the CEO role at the New Teacher Center (NTC). As a lifetime educator, NTC’s mission to disrupt the predictability of educational inequities through accelerating educator effectiveness spoke to me and my story. I want to share a few insights and reflections from my first year at the helm of this dynamic organization.