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Our Founder

Dr. Raquel Grindley, PhD.

Dr. Grindley has dedicated the past 15 years to the field of education as a teacher, administrator, consultant, and motivational speaker.  Graduating from City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College with a double major in English Language Arts and Secondary Education, and began her teaching career working with at-risk students from traditionally underprivileged and under-resourced communities. 


At Capella University, she earned her Master’s degree in K-12 Education and specialized in closing the achievement gap for at-risk students.  Soon after, she earned certification as a new teacher mentor through New Visions Teacher Academy, and then furthered her studies in literacy education for grades 5-12 at CUNY Queens College.


She completed a terminal degree at Liberty University where she earned a PhD in Education, specializing in organizational leadership. Her research focused on the effectiveness of college and career readiness curriculums in Title I schools.  She is an expert in the area of community-based programming for at-risk youth.

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