Dr. Wintre Foxworth Johnson will be joining the Teach Plus Pennsylvania team to work on a new partnership with Independence Mission Schools, a network of 15 Catholic elementary schools. Wintre will be leading a one-year planning process, including a landscape analysis, recruitment and selection of teacher leaders, and teacher leadership coaching. The goal of her work will be to lay a foundation for teacher-led professional learning communities across the network, with the hope of a multi-year partnership to follow.
Prior to joining Teach Plus, Wintre taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in a predominately African American community in the Metro Atlanta area. Propelled by her love for early literacy, commitment to educational equity, and scholarly curiosity, she decided to leave the classroom to pursue a doctorate. Throughout her doctoral studies, she served in several roles: as a research assistant on a number of projects that examined matters like early learning, civic engagement, youth participatory action research, and literacy; as a teaching assistant for a variety of master’s and doctoral education courses; and as a co-coordinator and supervisor of the Reading/Writing/Literacy Master’s portfolio program in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennGSE). As co-coordinator and supervisor, she supported over fifteen students, a number of whom have gone on to become reading specialists, as they wrote and compiled their portfolios as well as planned and facilitated proseminars and professional learning sessions.
Wintre holds a B.A. with high distinction in African American and African Studies and a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. Wintre was a 2019 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow, 2018-2020 fellow in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Program, 2019-2020 Penn State Abington Diversity Predoctoral Fellow, and the 2020 Awardee of the Ralph C. Preston Award for Scholarship and Teaching Contributing to Social Justice and Educational Equity through the Reading/Writing/Literacy program at PennGSE.