Originally from Boston, Jamilah Ryan graduated high school from Milton Academy, followed by earning her B.A in history with a citation in Spanish from Harvard University in 2005. As a New York City Teaching Fellow, she received her Master’s in Teaching from Fordham University. She has also completed a second master’s program in educational leadership at Baruch College.
Jamilah has been an instructional leader at a K-5 elementary school in New Rochelle, NY. In that role, she focused on developing/coaching teachers and implementing a multidimensional district, state and school-wide plan around implementing rigorous and hands-on math curriculum. More specifically, she ran professional development, served as a math facilitator, instructional coach and leader on her campus. She has worked both with individual teachers and teacher teams to understand the new math standards in terms of student outcomes and teacher instruction. She has also had the privilege of working with one of the writers of Eureka Math in order to develop professional development and structures around lesson study in her school.
Jamilah developed her love of mathematics through the instruction of the content and authentic hands-on engagement with her students. As such, her leadership and instructional style encourages open inquiry, honest and timely feedback, along with opportunities for reflection. A life-long learner, she appreciates the field of education as a dynamic one that must constantly evolve as the needs of the students change.
Prior to her role as an instructional leader, Jamilah taught fifth and sixth grade math and science at the Talented and Gifted School (TAG) in East Harlem. At TAG, Jamilah honed her leadership skills by actively participating in the planning of curriculum, student enrichment programs. Encouraged by the positive experiences and progress her students were making in her classroom, she continued to seek out additional leadership opportunities. In 2009, she began work with the city’s Common Core Pilot Team, collaborating with other schools to create lessons aligned to the new standards, write curricula, and turn-key essential professional development to other teachers. A former New York City Common Core Fellow, she deepened her knowledge of the new math standards and evaluated the alignment of curricular material to the common core using a comprehensive rubric.
Prior to becoming the school’s second principal in 2018, Jamilah first joined CWC Hollywood as an Assistant Principal in 2015. In her role, Jamilah looks forward to the continual collaboration that comes with further developing an environment in which CWC students, teachers and parents commit and dedicate themselves to the pursuit of life-long learning. Truly committed to providing a high-quality and equitable education to all learners, she anticipates continuing her journey as an educator and establishing her roots as an educational leader in Los Angeles. A fitness enthusiast, Jamilah enjoys running, strength and conditioning and an occasional yoga session. When not in the gym, she can be found at a local café or park with a good novel or her writer’s notebook.