Announcing the 2020-21 DEI Coordinators

The Friends School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office is thrilled to announce our first roster of DEI Coordinators! Learn more about them by checking out the bios below.

Myresha Williams, she/her/hers (Little Friends DEI Coordinator) is an Early Childhood Educator at Little Friends Early Learning Center, and has worked in Early Education for 11 years. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Myresha supports Little Friends’ teaching teams, and families on their journey to cultivate diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities and classrooms for our youngest of learners.
 
Mary Kelley (Pre-Primary DEI Coordinator) is a passionate educator who has been an elementary teacher for over 10 years. She earned her Master’s degree in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction from American University. In addition to teaching, she served as District Course Chair for DC Public schools where she was tasked with creating and facilitating professional development courses for teachers in DC Public Schools. She also served as Regional Director for a local child care organization. She is a people person and thrives on building relationships with her students, parents, and colleagues. She is excited and looks forward to leading this work.
 
Nabil Odulate, he/him/his (Lower School DEI Coordinator) is a current 5th Grade Homeroom Teacher and a Friends School alumnus from the class of 2012. In addition to his new role as the Lower School DEI Coordinator, he also serves as the Lower School Social Studies Department Coordinator, an Upper School Girls Soccer Coach, and a member of the Equity and Inclusion Committee. Some of Nabil’s passions include soccer, music, and social justice. Nabil is very excited to get started as part of the DEI team, and looks forward to cultivating a Friends School community where members feel welcomed and celebrated as their true, authentic selves!
 
Hailing from Gum Spring, VA, Luke Stratton (Middle School DEI Coordinator) comes to Baltimore after 15 years out West and Midwest. He completed graduate work in Russian and taught French in the San Francisco Bay Area for 12 years before a brief (and freezing) two-year hiatus in Minnesota. During his time in California, he frequently volunteered at numerous LGBTQ+ organizations across the Bay Area and co-directed the GSA at the school where he taught French. He and his husband, Allen, are very glad to be in a new city and to explore it with their delightful pup, Falko. Luke is looking forward to the rich discussions and rewarding diversity and equity work that will emerge in collaboration with the amazing DEI team at Friends School!
 
Claire Cunliffe (Upper School DEI Coordinator) is an Upper School Math Teacher and Teacher Coach. Claire grew up in Berkeley, CA and moved to Baltimore five years ago. She received a B.A. in International Development from UCLA and continued her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins, receiving an M.S. Ed. Claire is passionate about creating environments where all students, teachers, and community members can thrive. She has worked as a teacher coach, done both math and DEI facilitation, and is eager to grow with others as they seek to understand how educational spaces inform their intersectional identity development. In her free time, Claire likes to explore the trails around Baltimore, cook good food for friends, complain about leg day, and dream of big vacations. Claire is excited to work with this amazing team of DEI practitioners!
 
Theo George, he/him/his (Staff DEI Coordinator) is a Baltimore-based communications strategist and arts manager, with a passion for promoting and preserving the cultural legacy of contemporary Black artists and artforms. He holds a Master’s of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s in Africana Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Theo’s passion for elevating marginalized voices and stories has been a steady theme in his work. Theo worked at the forefront of the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement as the Lead Digital Strategist for the National Center for Transgender Equality on a variety of national campaigns, including the first-ever LGBTQ+ Congressional Caucus on transgender violence on Capitol Hill to consulting on MTV’s Transgender Day of Remembrance programming. He was named to the Trans100 list in 2015 and received a Rising Star Award from Black Transmen Inc.
 
Damion Scott, he/him/his (Staff DEI Coordinator) is the Upper School Library Assistant. Before coming to Friends School of Baltimore, Damion worked as a Community Educator with the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and as a Literacy Coach in Baltimore City Public Schools. He has degrees in English Literature and History, and is passionate about teaching history as a way to build community and improve the conditions of disadvantaged people. Damion hopes to get into graduate school one day soon.

Isaiah Noreiga, he/him/his (Cross Divisional DEI Coordinator) currently works as a PE teacher and the Girls Varsity Head Coach. He has a Master’s in Clinical-Community Psychology. Isaiah has an extensive background in community organizing, participatory action research, and disability justice work. Isaiah also co-created a community and trauma-informed training program (endorsed by Duquesne University) for practitioners who work with kids and young adults. 
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