Maxine is a Founding Teacher at KIPP Ignite Academy, which opened in fall of 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. She joined the team in the 2016-17 school year, when KIPP Ignite Academy served approximately 240 kindergarten and first grade students. Maxine has taught for 6 years, 4 of those with KIPP schools. She began teaching in Atlanta, GA where she was a 2011 Teach for America Corps Member. While she was teaching, Maxine was also learning at Georgia State University where she earned a M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education. Maxine then went on to Brooklyn, NY, where she had the opportunity to help found and teach at KIPP AMP Elementary for three years. During her time at KIPP AMP Elementary, Maxine gained valuable leadership experience from her role as grade team leader of both her Kindergarten and 1st grade teams and deepened her instructional knowledge and practice as Writing Team Content Lead for the entire school.
Although Maxine technically grew up in the Bay Area, she is excited to return to Los Angeles, a city that feels like her second home after the time she spent here while earning her B.A. from the University of Southern California. As she returns, Maxine brings with her 6 years of valuable educational and organizational experience in urban education, which she plans to use to help all of organize a strong election team. In Maxine’s free time, she enjoys doing yoga, watching movies, and eating anything and everything.