Partnership Director

Gimari is a service driven equity and social justice leader and former teacher whose life’s work is dedicated to removing barriers and creating pathways for underrepresented students and families to reach their full potential in life.

A graduate of Howard University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Gimari spent four years in television media before switching careers to education. While earning her masters in curriculum and instruction, she taught at a high-poverty public charter school. Witnessing first-hand many disparities, this is where her passion for education equity grew.

Before joining Equal Opportunity Schools, Gimari was a Program Manager for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC. During her tenure she led the development of policies, initiatives, and programs, in partnership with public and public charter school leaders, teachers, and community stakeholders, which focused on safeguarding the civil rights of English Learners (ELs) and immigrant youth in schools across the city. This work included interpreting and communicating Office of Civil Rights guidelines and guidance to school leaders, increasing access to professional development opportunities for teachers, development of annual convenings that provided a space for educators to share and exchange best practices for teaching ELs, and providing turn-key resources to schools to aid them in building successful EL programs and inclusive school communities. She was also key in leading the development and communication of English learner related accountability measures and other federal requirements for DC’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, having authored critical components that address the needs of English learners while representing the SEA at local and national convenings.

Gimari is a wife and mother of two. She loves dancing, 90’s movies, watching HGTV with her mom, vintage shopping, and experiencing the world through travel with her husband and children.

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