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Deborah Chang
Deborah Chang is an educator and an entrepreneur. Her ambition is to help people find their purpose: the nexus of what they love, what they're good at, what the world needs, and what will be financially sustainable. She does this by investing heavily in education, designing programs and products that democratize opportunity, and helping companies find the talent they need to grow, scale, and change the world.

Prior to her work as an entrepreneur, Deborah taught fifth grade science at KIPP Academy in Houston and second grade at KIPP Infinity in New York City, worked at the Achievement First network of charter schools on its Talent Development Team, and was Chief of Staff at Socratic Labs, an education technology accelerator.

In addition to her passion for education and entrepreneurship, Deborah is an avid rock climber, a voracious reader, and a consummate adventurer.

Deborah is a graduate of Princeton University, where she studied education policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

Entries by Deborah Chang

5 Things First-Year Teachers Should Do Immediately

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:24 AM

In my first year as a teacher, I was given full responsibility for ensuring that my students received an excellent science education that would set them up for future success. My in-classroom responsibilities were not that different from the in-classroom responsibilities of my colleagues who have taught for over ten...

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Help! I'm a Teacher -- How Do I Get into Education Technology?

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:07 AM

When I first started teaching fifth grade science at KIPP Academy in Houston, Texas, I had no idea that I would end up parlaying that experience into my current role as a consultant to education technology companies. I was simply a teacher on a mission to do right by my...

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5 Surprising Books All Educators Should Read

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:24 AM

The following is a list of books that have fundamentally changed the way I view education. They are not titles that will come up in a typical search of "books on education," -- some of them don't even mention education at all, and yet, they've undeniably shaped who I am...

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9 Reasons Great Teachers Make Great Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 2:45 PM

In many companies, people are promoted into leadership positions because they were top-notch performers in their previous role. Being an individual performer, however, is very different from being a leader and requires a different skill set that all too often has not been deliberately cultivated. Similarly, in the startup world,...

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The Ultimate Guide to Personal Productivity

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 6:21 PM

Some people are naturals at personal productivity, others have to learn it. I'm definitely the latter. My first year teaching, I was so awful at managing my time that I would go days in a row without sleeping more than five hours a night. One day, it got so...

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Where to Work in Education

(10) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:41 AM

There are many jobs to choose from within education, and a deep need for excellent people in all types of roles and at all types of organizations. I work in education entrepreneurship because it matches my work style, which centers around putting order to chaos, ideating and creating. You could...

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I Am a Product of Privilege and You Are, Too

(78) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 3:25 PM

I am a child of immigrants who came to the United States with next to nothing. When I was twelve, my father suffered from a stroke and has not been able to work since. My mom is now a certified assistant preschool teacher who is studying to become a lead...

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5 Things Great Teachers Are Not (and 5 Things They Are)

(5) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Around this time of year, great teachers around the country are meeting their new students for the first time. They are diving into the start of the school year with hope, tenacity, and skill. However, the work they do is often misrepresented in popular media, newspaper articles, and political discourse....

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