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Madeline Karp, Director of Programs and Communications

Madeline earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, concentrating in both Biology and Religious Studies. In 2013, she moved to Washington, DC as part of the 2013 Corps for Teach for America, where she taught secondary science at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County. As a science teacher, Madeline sought to emphasize the relevance of science in her student’s everyday lives, honing her skills surrounding culturally responsive teaching.

During her second year of TFA, she was accepted into the D.C. Region’s Leadership Fellowship, a year-long experience where a diverse cohort of fellows developed personal theories of change and received support to innovate exciting solutions in their classrooms and communities. Realizing that many of her older students were not knowledgeable about the college process, Madeline also focused on instructing her freshman about college readiness, planning backwards from their career dreams to determine their most advantageous high school and college paths. 

As a history teacher at KIPP DC: College Prep in 2015, she continued to pursue excellence for her students while rigorously involving parents in her classroom, which led to passion for parent outreach and engagement. At this point it became clear to her that strong parent involvement could overwhelming change outcomes for students, positioning them even closer towards a college-bound path. While teaching, she pursued a master’s degree in education with concentrations in policy and leadership from American University, graduating in 2016.

In her current role, Madeline focuses on maintaining community partnerships and recruiting families for programming, overseeing the training & management of consultants, honing digital strategy, and producing DCSRN's unique virtual school tours. She currently lives in the District with her partner and their two cats.

Kay Starr, Director of Development

Kay Starr served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic, and has a decade of experience working in the nonprofit industry.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University, joining the Peace Corps upon graduation. During her two years of service, Kay worked as a Sustainable Organizational and Community Development Volunteer. She worked closely with Community Based Tourism (CBT) in Karakol town, a local tourism group founded with the help of the Swiss organization Helvetas. CBT's goal is to assist local people in setting up their own small tourism businesses, as a way to encourage tourists to spend their money with locally-based providers instead of large tour companies. For CBT, Kay wrote grants, composed tourism brochures and other material, trained local service providers in everything from English to project organization to cooking. She also worked closely with other non-governmental organizations based in Karakol, such as the UN Development Project, the local American Corner library, and taught English conversation and literature courses at the local university.
Kay returned to the US in 2008 and settled in Washington, DC, first working with Miramed, an organization which assisted Russian orphanages, then joining the Development Department of the Blinded Veterans Association in 2009. Over her seven years with BVA, Kay wrote and managed many grants, including a grant that launched a new Veterans Care Review partnership with the VA to ensure quality of care for blinded veterans throughout the VA system, overhauled BVA's online donation system, and helped launch a new accessible website in 2015.
Kay believes that high quality public education should be available for all students.
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