REBECCA CROOK

CO-FOUNDer
 


Rebecca is committed to ensuring all leaders and learners have the skills, tools, and community they need to thrive in the 21st century. She has experience as an innovative educator, principal, trainer of education leaders, and Fulbright researcher in diverse contexts. Rebecca began her career as a bilingual Teach for America educator and supported the launch of Caliber Schools. As a founding principal for SPARK Schools' first campus in an inner-city, she designed and facilitated over 250 hours of professional development for the network's 100 teachers. She led innovations, created a social emotional learning curriculum and report card, supported her teachers to design models of parent engagement, and collaborated with her students to win the Design for Change South Africa competition. As Program Director of Dignitas, she designed and implemented a new model for coaching and training over 200 school leaders to improve low-fee private schools in Nairobi's informal settlements. She has interviewed over 200 parents, students, and education leaders across Africa and India and documented learning in 35 schools across Southern Africa. When Rebecca is not designing and facilitating learning experiences, she shares visual stories of education leaders and life in Nairobi to over 38,000 followers on Instagram @stickylittleleaves.

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KATHLYN PATTILLO

CO-founder
 

Kathlyn is an educator and qualitative researcher who has interviewed and coached hundreds of education leaders across Africa. Prior to Metis, she spent four years at African Leadership Academy, where she taught Entrepreneurial Leadership and other courses to leaders from over 35 African countries. She has lived across the continent conducting human-centered design research for Metis, including South Africa, for her thesis about the failure of national reforms, Uganda, where she interviewed principals for Educate! and wrote a case study on CIYOTA, and Kenya, where she interviewed edupreneurs, school leaders, and investors for a Fulbright Fellowship. Kathlyn has seen the power of social movements; she was a community organizer in Panama and for the Obama campaign, and she studied the civil rights movement in her hometown of Atlanta, the anti-apartheid struggle while studying abroad in South Africa, and the Indian independence movement while living in India. These experiences, alongside watching her parents invest in education initiatives across the world, made her committed to bridging the gap between local leaders and global capital, through a movement for collective impact in education.

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