Elise Franchino is the program manager for the Learning Sciences Exchange program. She joined New America in January 2019 to support research, blogging, and policy paper writing for the Early & Elementary Education and English Learner teams.
Prior to working at New America, Elise was a pre-K and kindergarten teacher in child care centers, public elementary schools, and language immersion schools in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Passionate about improving children’s access to early education and dual language opportunities, she pivoted to education research and policy. Elise interned with Save the Children International and was a fellow with Learn Together, Live Together, providing research on school integration and diversity.
Elise holds a certificate in education finance from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in TESOL literacy from Wilmington University, and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.