Mary Lord Copeland
Mary is excited to be back in the PacNW, serving as the Curriculum Specialist for Green Dot Washington. As a CS, she supports educators and school communities to ensure all students receive equitable access to curriculum that is rigorous, reflects their unique backgrounds, and introduces new ways of thinking. Mary spent 10 years as a middle school teacher and leader in Oakland Unified School District and 2 years in Southern California focused on English Learner instructional programs. While in California, she was part of a beautiful community of educators, families, and students focused on social justice education. Mary has experience building culturally relevant curriculum and school communities that incorporate restorative justice as well as working in full-service community schools.
Mary earned her BA from Pacific Lutheran University (Go Lutes!) and her masters in educational leadership with an emphasis on equity from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!).
She is excited to expand her community here in Washington and looks forward to exploring the great outdoors with her family and new friends.
As a resident of Southeast Seattle and former principal and teacher, Bree believes deeply in working with families and community to create schools that will realize their hopes and dreams for students. Most recently, Bree served as the Director of the Leadership Center at WA Charters, helping school leaders design new schools for Washington students. She also served as the Executive Director of Schools for Seattle Public Schools, overseeing its Southeast region of schools, and was a public charter school principal in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Bree has researched charter schools nationally with the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education and started her career in education as a high school math teacher. Having worked in a variety of traditional and public charter schools where academically underserved students successfully find a path to college and beyond, she is excited to see what our students make possible in Washington State. Bree proudly serves on the boards of City Year Seattle-King County and Teach for America Washington. When not working Bree loves live music, the outdoors, and a good book by the fire.
Director of Human Capital and Human Resources
Emily Ganyo oversees Human Capital and Human Resources at Green Dot Washington. In her role, she ensures each department is operating legally, efficiently, and strategically. An attorney and former middle school teacher, Emily brings experience in district labor and employee relations, criminal litigation and organizational change management. Most recently, Emily served as the Director of Talent Operations at STRIVE Prep, a network of public charter schools in Denver, Colorado where she helped grow the organization’s human capital and employee support systems. Emily believes all students deserve equal access to excellent public schools and is excited to support the work of closing the opportunity gap in her home state of Washington. Emily earned her J.D. from the University of Denver, M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Director of Operations and Finance
A founding member of the Green Dot Washington team, Blake Herrera serves as the Director of Finance and Operations. She supports school leaders in developing sustainable systems, managing school finances, and ensuring all state and federal compliance requirements are met. With over 10 years of finance and operations experience and a lifelong passion for education, Blake understands the importance of effective operations on achieving academic success.
Before joining the Green Dot Washington team, Blake worked in New Orleans, LA as a Project Manager for Algiers Charter School Association overseeing strategic operational initiatives for the six schools in their network. Prior to that role, Blake served as the Director of Finance and Operations of Akili Academy of New Orleans, a high-performing, public elementary charter school. Before transitioning to a career in public education, Blake worked as an Associate at Goldman Sachs and Co in their Global Operations division. Blake earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Management degree from Tulane University. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, cooking delicious meals, and spending time with friends and family.
Julie serves as the Superintendent for Green Dot Washington. In this role, Julie works closely with Green Dot Washington’s principals to execute on their visions for excellent schools. Julie believes passionately in building joyful schools that lead all students to high academic achievement. Julie started her career teaching middle school science in Boston and Newark. After several years of teaching, went on to found a middle school in Brooklyn and served the students and families there as principal for 6 years. Following that, Julie went on to coach middle school and high school principals across Brooklyn for several years. Julie helped grow the Brooklyn network from 3 middle schools to 15 middle and high schools across several years. Julie is a native Washingtonian and when not working, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and great restaurants with her family.
Laura is the School Psychologist for Green Dot Washington. She is a California native and began her career as a school psychology intern with Green Dot in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Long Beach. She then spent three years at Chapman University earning her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology. With over a decade of experience in various roles , Laura has always felt driven to serve children and adolescents. She believes that with the right support and strong advocacy, all students are capable of success. Laura is an avid traveler, fitness instructor, and brunch enthusiast.
Special Projects Associate
Trang serves as the Special Projects Associate for Green Dot in Washington. She works on strategy, operations, and communications projects. Trang has experience in both the private and public sector.
Prior to Green Dot, she taught Chemistry in Chicago Public Schools and was a grade level lead, where she executed academic remediation plans and oversaw a team of 11th grade teachers. Soon after teaching, Trang transitioned into a consulting role where she helped answer companies’ biggest questions while gaining a strategic mindset. She is passionate about bringing her project management experience and passion for education equity to serve Green Dot schools and students.
Trang received her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, finding the next best restaurant, and staying active.
Glenn serves as the IT Manager for Green Dot Public Schools Washington. He supports our schools with setting up and troubleshooting laptops, desktops, printers, and various other forms of hardware and software. With over 10 years IT experience from working with Whole Foods Market and Apple, he began his time with Green Dot by supporting Animo James B. Taylor and Alain Leroy Locke College Prep Academy in California, before making the move to be a part of the growing Washington region. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing basketball with his kids, watching football, and finding great places to eat.
Angela Oh serves as the Talent Recruiter for Green Dot Washington. In this role, she works to develop teacher recruiting strategies and maintain a rigorous selection process for all Green Dot Washington schools. Before coming to Green Dot, Angela spent two years teaching Government and Economics in Dallas, Texas where she gained a passion for building positive school culture and strategizing on how to best serve all students. Today, she uses her past experience as a classroom teacher to guide her recruitment and selection decisions, ensuring that the very best teachers come to and stay at Green Dot Public Schools. Angela is a Washington native and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Political Science from Swarthmore College.
Computational Thinking Specialist
Eli serves as the Computational Thinking Specialist at Green Dot Washington. You’re probably wondering what that means, because Eli certainly did when he initially applied for the role. Computational thinking, at least to his students, means solving hard problems of all kinds using ideas from computer science. These include algorithmic thinking, decomposition, abstraction and pattern recognition. Computational thinking is also dependent on attitudes like confidence in the face of ambiguity, tenacity through multiple iterations and strong collaborative and communication skills. Eli’s role focuses on creating and helping to implement computational thinking rich curriculum across all disciplines.
Eli graduated from Olin College with a mechanical engineering degree and spent four years as a program manager at Microsoft. After realizing his weekends volunteering with children felt more and more like his true calling, he eagerly jumped into the world of education. Eli is allegedly a film and food snob, and he enjoys filmmaking, photography, cooking and hiking in his free time.
Student Services Program Administrator
Theresa Taft serves as the Student Services Program Administrator for Green Dot Public Schools Washington. She has a passion for education and an unwavering belief in all children. She has dedicated her adult life to improving the education of students with special needs and adores every day she is blessed to work with students.
She started her career in education as a paraeducator working with students within special education programs. She enjoyed helping each of them learn and grow so much that she decided she wanted to be a special education teacher. Theresa enrolled in Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her 1st Masters in Education in 2007, and was a special education teacher for the last 8 years. She returned to Pacific Lutheran University and recently completed her 2nd Masters in Education with an emphasis in leadership in 2015.
Theresa enjoys working with such an outstanding educational establishment and dedicated team of educators. She is eager to continue to grow special education and student support programs centered on preparing all students for leadership, college and life.
Director of Academics
Jeremy serves as Director of Academics for Green Dot Washington. He works alongside school leaders and teachers to develop the district’s rigorous, Common Core-aligned curriculum & assessments, to share instructional and leadership coaching practices, and to ensure the district's academic model meets the needs of all students. If he had his way, Jeremy would spend much of his time challenging students to reach for ever-greater heights and holding them accountable to lofty and realistic expectations.
Before joining the Green Dot Washington home office, Jeremy played numerous roles at YES Prep Public Schools, a high-performing, public charter district in Houston. He taught middle school English for 5 years and literacy intervention for 2 years, during which time he earned 2 teacher-of-the-year awards. After full-time teaching, he transitioned to a Dean of Instruction role, coaching & supporting teachers. Most recently, he served as a middle school English Curriculum Specialist, where he helped the district develop rigorous, engaging units of study.