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 elects Chong-Hao Fu, Sujata Bhatt, and Jim Mylen to its national board of directors to help guide innovation and professional learning to support systemically underserved students
New Teacher Center (NTC) has named three leading education sector experts to its board of directors.
Chong-Hao Fu is CEO of Leading Educators, a leading nonprofit working with school systems to build and sustain the conditions, teaching, and leadership to ensure that the students furthest from opportunity succeed in school and life.
Sujata Bhatt is the founder and CEO of Incubate Learning, bringing over twenty years of experience in strategy and design to support redesigning formal learning to make it human, humane, and joyous.
Jim Mylen is a senior advisor at the Emerson Collective, investing in people, tools, and models with a focus on high school as the fulcrum of change in the lives of individual students and across the education system.
The NTC nine-member board, chaired by New Profit Managing Partner Shruti Sehra, supports the organization with expertise in pedagogy, curriculum, finance, education philanthropy, academia, and district leadership. “I am excited to partner with career educators who believe in the vision of New Teacher Center that every student deserves an excellent and equitable education that ensures they reach their fullest potential,” said Tommy Chang, NTC CEO. “These individuals have spent their careers supporting students and educators in classrooms, schools, districts, and national partner organizations. Their deep expertise will immediately impact our organization as we support educators throughout the U.S.” Collectively, they add nearly 100 years of experience in K-12 education, nonprofit leadership, and education innovation.
Chong-Hao Fu is a nationally recognized thought leader on teacher leadership and professional learning, equitable instructional practice, teacher diversity and pathways, and sustainable systems change. He is actively engaged in efforts to shape the future of teaching and learning as the co-chair of the Research Partnership for Professional Learning (NTC is an affiliate organization), an advisory board member for the ASU Next Education Workforce, and a steering committee member for the Coalition to Reimagine the Teaching Role (NTC serves on the steering committee). He is a member of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) and the Pahara Institute Fellowship. Before his time at Leading Educators, Chong-Hao was the founding principal at KIPP Sharpstown in Houston, Texas. He began teaching middle and high school math in Greenville, Mississippi. In 2016, Chong-Hao was a finalist for the Teach for America Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Ed. from National Louis University.
Sujata Bhatt serves as the Capstone Director for the world’s first Education Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where she supports entrepreneurs to define and develop ventures in ed-tech, K to Gray learning, and social justice. Sujata was a former Senior Fellow at Transcend, served as Managing Partner of Innovation for the Boston Public Schools, and founded a middle-high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District that centered on real-world impact projects—including launching startups in 8th grade—supported by blended and social-emotional learning. Sujata serves on the board of the Mastery Transcript Consortium and Red Bridge, is a frequent contributor to national publications and conferences, and is currently co-authoring a book on mastery-based learning with Tony Wagner and Ulrik Christensen. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and she was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard.
Jim Mylen is an ed-tech executive and investor with a 30-year track record of scaling, growing, and transforming educational businesses. He began his career in education during the rise of Apple II and IBM PC. Jim has worked with classroom teachers, school principals, and district leaders to support their curriculum, technology assessment, and professional development initiatives. He continues to be a trusted advisor to many district administrators as they work tirelessly to improve education, equity, and access in their communities. He previously served as Senior Vice President and President of Amplify (formerly Wireless Generation), where he led the sales team through one of the largest growth cycles the company experienced. Jim received his B.A. from Fairfield University.
“New Teacher Center is excited to welcome Chong-Hao, Sujata, and Jim to our Board of Directors,” said Board Chair Shruti Sehra. “Their addition adds to the collective experience and expertise of a group of professionals committed to the success of this organization, one that has led a national movement to support educators by combining the science of teaching with deep connections to students for 25 years. We thank them for their willingness to serve and look forward to their contributions to this important organization.”
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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.