The mission of imPACT Educational Consulting is to steward projects in student wholeness and leadership from promise to impact, by working in collaboration with the organizations that serve them to identify measures and increase outcomes of connectedness, voice, and confidence. We do this by designing programming and providing regular assessment of growth in those measures towards improving outcomes for girls, particularly in accordance with the CASEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. For partner schools and organizations, we seek to bring expertise in girls education and student leadership development while also alleviating the load associated with data-driven programming for a specific subgroup. We believe that when you intentionally center the most marginalized among us, we have a positive impact on all of us. imPACT is committed to always including measures of student wellness through the lens of intersectionality. Most importantly, imPACT believes that our promise to every student, educator, and institution is also a pact we enter with the surrounding community to make positive change.
Founder, Cristina J. Easton, has a wealth of experience and expertise in girls education and student leadership development. As a Baltimore native and black daughter of immigrants, she attended a prestigious K-12 girls school from age 4 to graduation. Those years, and her subsequent undergraduate work at a women’s college in New England were both formative in her understanding of what it takes to develop a sense of belonging and fortitude not just as a girl, but as a black girl. Having served as a New York City Teaching Fellow in a co-ed school in the Bronx, and completing her masters degree in Educational Leadership at Bank Street College, Cristina has been committed to Urban Education for her entire career. As a founding staff member at an all-girls public school in Brooklyn where she served as a Special Education Teacher and Assistant Principal, Cristina has experience in both short and long-term organizational planning and developing curriculum and programming tailored to urban girls and girls of color. She has presented at national and international conferences on topics ranging from differentiation in mathematics instruction, to building public and private school partnerships, and developing public girls’ schools. Having engaged in discussions with school leadership from public and private girls schools across Baltimore city, increasingly schools are wondering if they are doing enough for their students of color who experience the world in a unique way. Schools are also wondering if they are doing enough to prepare all their students to be the change-makers their missions purport in an ever changing world. Addressing these questions is not just a professional passion for Cristina, it’s personal and essential. Thus, founding imPACT is her promise – a pact she is making with the city she loves – to impact as many girls and young people as possible through measured and intentional programming, professional development, and partnerships.
We are so grateful for our 2020-21 Intern, Patricia Ledakis! With her support, we are developing curriculum supplements for teachers to highlight the contributions of influential BIPOC and women in S.T.E.M.
Patricia Ledakis is a current student at Bryn Mawr college who is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. She was born in Baltimore County, Maryland and attended high school at the Friends School of Baltimore, where her passion for education and research began to grow. She has worked in childcare for multiple years, including two years at Little Friends Daycare and a consecutive term at Little Corner Academy, which only served to solidify her interest in developmental psychology and the importance of highlighting the impact that women and women of color have had on the world. She enjoys song-writing, advocacy, and photography.