Maureen Costello
Director, Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project

Maureen is director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, which works to foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing – classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived. An education professional with a mix of academic, publishing and business experience, Maureen has directed several national education initiatives. Before arriving at the SPLC, she oversaw development of the 2010 Census in Schools program for Scholastic Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. For eight years, she directed Newsweek’s education program, which was dedicated to engaging high school and college students in public issues. She served as academic dean at Notre Dame Academy High School in Staten Island, N.Y., where she also taught history. As a teacher, she worked with both the Advanced Placement Program and the New York State Regents on assessment-related projects. She is a graduate of the New School University and the New York University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

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