Glynis O’Leary

Director, Corporate Relations

I grew up in a family of educators, so I was always drawn to working in and with schools.  After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in English and Postcolonial Studies, I joined the New York City Teachers Fellows.  I earned my MSEd from CUNY-Lehman College and spent five years as an English teacher in the NYC schools, teaching primarily 12th graders.  I was struck by how my students’ demeanor changed as the year progressed: the initial confidence and excitement would gradually give way to fear of what would come next, especially for those students who were not planning to matriculate to college right away.  This inspired me to learn more about career learning programs and the ways in which these programs can successfully partner with schools to create amazing opportunities for students.  In the six years since leaving the classroom, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and for several organizations committed to college and career readiness and to giving students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.  I am excited to be part of the NAF team and to work with our incredible corporate partners in order to transform the educational experience for NAF students.  A life-long learner, I am currently pursuing my Master of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.