Deepti Panjabi

Former Data and Research Manager, Read Charlotte

Deepti Panjabi is now the Director of Continuous Quality Improvement at Ready for School, Ready for Life in Greensboro, after serving as Read Charlotte’s Data and Research Manager. At Read Charlotte, she led the Data Collaborative. Deepti's previous roles include the Director of Teacher Support at OneGoal and Director of Corps Member Retention & Innovation at Teach For America. Deepti also participated in the Education Pioneers Fellows and Americorps programs. A double Tarheel, she pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees at UNC Chapel Hill.

What have you recently learned from a teacher?

Our expectations for kids and how they manifest in our actions matter. Kids will rise to meet them.

When and where were you learning at your best?

At the New York City Department of Education in 2010. The learning curve was steep. I continue to use so much of what I learned at the NYC DOE.

Which skill would you most like to master?

I would like to master coding. I would love to be able to build what I imagine.

What quality do you most admire in a school leader?

A relentless pursuit of excellence

What is your favorite children's storybook character?

Amelia Bedelia

What is your current state of mind?

Focused on possibilities

What is your most treasured possession?

My passport. It represents pride, privilege, and connection.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Resilience

Favorite motto or quote?

“Imagination is the highest form of research.” -Albert Einstein

What were you really into when you were a kid?

Dance

Best piece of advice ever given to you?

From a graduate school professor—“Don’t worry too much about titles. Pursue the job where you will be challenged and learn the most.”

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