When SchoolWorks first launched, Emily (Mimi) McFadden took on the back-office role and developed budgets, policies, and procedures for the growing company. But McFadden, who has taught mathematics at all grade levels and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the teaching of algebra, has also worked as part of a Boston University partnership to improve math education in Chelsea Public Schools and developed professional development materials for elementary mathematics teachers—for some educators, “their biggest fear,” she says.
“It was really rewarding to help educators work through those kinds of issues,” she says. “That was something I brought with me when we got SchoolWorks off the ground.”
Now SchoolWorks Treasurer, McFadden plays an oversight role over the company’s finances and administration. As with her work in professional development, she relishes her role in helping schools improve. “It’s really rewarding to help start a company that can bring knowledgable people together to help a school figure out how they can improve—and then help them do it,” she says.