Lanise Stevenson is no stranger to inequities in education. For this reason, she is driven by a moral imperative to provide equitable and excellent education for all children. Lanise began advocating for educational justice as a middle school student in Baltimore City, Maryland. As a Gifted and Talented student, she was tracked in advance courses from an early age. Lanise was granted access to the best education that public schools had to offer; however, she knew that her school experiences differed from the majority of her peers.
Throughout her academic career, Lanise considered herself lucky and often wondered why teachers delivered contrasting forms of learning experiences to similar students. These experiences shaped her purpose and passion for educational advocacy and fueled her mission of eliminating barriers to college and career readiness for linguistically and culturally diverse students.
Before joining the EOS team, Lanise served as a teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, and district leader. Her diverse experiences enabled her to carefully examine the high-end opportunity gap that exists between underrepresented students and their peers, especially pertaining to AP access and success. As the site lead for her school, Lanise led the EOS Initiative and supervised the Equity Team in the development and implementation of 32 schoolwide Equity Outreach events. Her efforts led to an increase in AP enrollment numbers in underrepresented populations from 381 to 677.
Currently, Lanise is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education from Johns Hopkins University. She currently holds a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, a M.S. in Secondary Education, and an Administrator I certification.