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Ava Javid


Ava Javid is Beyond100K’s Associate Director of Growth, responsible for growing partnerships with organizations committed to Beyond100K’s vision that all students, especially those who are most excluded from STEM learning and opportunity, have access to high-quality STEM knowledge, skills, and agency. Ava has been working in STEM Education and Teacher Development for over 16 years across the United States as a teacher and professional development leader.

In that time, she has worked to increase equity in access and equity in outcomes among students as a science teacher across the country. She saw the impact a great teacher has on student learning and became passionate about teacher development and retention with a special focus on retention of teachers of color like herself who do not always benefit from the dominant cultures of school both as a student and as a teacher.

Ava supervised student teachers completing their teacher certification, led professional development around anti-bias education, and most recently served as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Math for America, a NYC-based non-profit that builds community among accomplished STEM teachers through participation in a fellowship program offering collaboration and professional learning opportunities.

Ava earned her B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA and her M.A. and Ed.D. in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation, titled “Beginning Science Teachers’ Agency: An Exploratory Study of Choice and the Role of Technology for Continuing Education” examined STEM teacher induction, retention, belonging, and identity.

Why did you join Beyond100K?

As a former high school science teacher, I’m passionate about STEM teacher preparation, support, and retention. I believe teachers are the biggest influence on a student’s experience learning STEM and I am excited about the difference we can make at Beyond100K to support STEM teachers in building inclusive and joyful learning spaces for their students. I’m excited to work at Beyond100K bringing together a network of organizations working to support great STEM teaching that explicitly includes Black, Latinx, and Native communities. We can accomplish much more in STEM education by leveraging our collective knowledge and strategizing for the future together rather than working by ourselves.