Director, Strategic School Support
Alia Verner joined Edvestors in August 2018 and currently serves as the Director of Strategic School Support overseeing Edvestors’ Seed Fund grantmaking and Blended Learning program within the Zeroing in on Math Initiative. Alia began her career in education as a STEM special education teacher for Teach for America at TechBoston Academy, where she spent three years teaching science and six years teaching mathematics. Prior to EdVestors, Alia worked as a Math Director, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Consultant, Special Education Liaison, Edvestors ZioM Fellow, and track coach alongside many other leadership roles in the district of Boston. During her time as an Edvestors ZioM fellow, she helped design and facilitate a sustainable professional learning model called “Bridging Classrooms” that was selected by the Nellie Mae Grant and piloted in Spring 2018. She also co-founded and served as a Regional Strategy Team Leader for the Boston Education Action Network, an organization committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students in Boston through community organizing and collective action. Alia believes deeply that all students should have equitable education opportunities and is passionate about developing systems, structures, and policies that support students, schools, districts, and communities toward reaching this goal. Alia graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science and received a Masters in Teaching from Boston University and a Masters at Harvard in Education Policy and Management.