EOS Board of Directors Appoints Deb Merle as Interim CEO

Seattle, WA January 28, 2019 – The EOS Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Debora (Deb) Merle begins today as the Interim CEO for EOS. She replaces Reid Saaris who is stepping down as CEO effective February 1, 2019.

We are fortunate to have an Interim CEO who has passion for our work, unique qualifications for the role, and a highly collaborative style. During Deb’s career in public education research, advocacy and policy making, she worked to advance equity with a particular focus on how best to equip students of color and low-income students for success in college. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of statewide programs that made demonstrable differences in the lives of students in Washington state. Deb has also earned a reputation for ensuring smooth operations as an interim leader of educational organizations during times of significant transition.

Deb Merle said, “Equal Opportunity Schools is an amazing organization full of people dedicated to improving the lives of students of color and low-income students by ensuring access to rigorous high school programs that will prepare them well for college. I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the team during this transition and can’t wait to get started.”

Deb Merle will serve as the Interim CEO until a permanent CEO is hired in the next six to nine months. Reid Saaris will continue to support the organization though his ongoing work with the Board and as an external advisor.

For more information, contact:
Tofa McCormick | Marketing Communications Manager | Tofa@EOSchools.org

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Equal Opportunity Schools brings equity to AP and IB.

We collaborate with school districts to increase equitable enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, so more students can excel.

Equal Opportunity Schools’ mission is to ensure students of all backgrounds have equal access to America’s most academically intense high school programs—and particularly that low-income students and students of color have opportunities to succeed at the highest levels.

Our partnership model is consultative, collaborative, and requires a commitment to specific and measurable results. Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) has helped more than 540 schools identify low-income students and students of color who qualify for, but are missing from AP or IB classes. Working together, we successfully enroll them and support their academic success.

EOS is headquarters in Seattle, Washington and continues to hire professionals to support our growing portfolio of partner districts.

To learn more contact us today or email us with questions.

Student iconThree-quarters of a million high school students are ready to be enrolled.

Each year, approximately three-quarters of a million incoming juniors and seniors are ready to be enrolled in rigorous academic programs. Unfortunately, low-income students and students of color are not being engaged at the same rate as their peers. We help schools get them enrolled and ensure their success.

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Increasing the number of low-income students and students of color who enroll in rigorous classes leads to more of those students graduating and attending college. This is one of most resource-effective strategies for tackling the classroom equity gap.

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That’s why we’re here.

Equal Opportunity Schools has worked with schools coast-to-coast to help more than 36,000 (and counting) students of color and low-income students—among active partners—succeed in rigorous academic programs.

Let’s close the AP/IB gap together.

“My AP class has prepared me so much for the future. I used to be scared having to grow up and the thought of college work would be so difficult.

I had thought that AP classes were mostly for “smart people”, now I know it isn’t about being smart, it is about putting in the time and effort into the difficult things.” Underrepresented AP Student