SAGA Innovations

NYC Leadership

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Kirsten Ecker

Site Director 

Ms. Ecker has a B.S. in Mathematics with a Concentration in Education from Colorado State University. She taught Algebra II and Geometry for two years out in rural Colorado before moving to join the Match High School where she taught Geometry, Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus over the course of 4 years. Ms. Ecker was the Curriculum Director for Match Tutors during their first year out in Lawrence, MA. This last semester she moved again, this time to New York to be a Site Director for SAGA Innovations. She is continuing on with SAGA Innovations as a Site Director and as the Director of Academics for New York.

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Lativa Holder

Site Director

Ms. Holder graduated from Union College in 2010, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in mathematics. After graduating, Ms. Holder decided to join Teach For America (TFA) as a corps member while simultaneously completing her teaching certificate in secondary education with a specialization in mathematics. Once fulfilling her two year commitment with TFA, she continued on at her placement site as a middle school math teacher with the Elizabeth Public Schools in New Jersey for a total of six years. She is currently working towards a joint Masters of Education and Arts at Columbia University. Lativa is excited about her new role with SAGA as she intends to continuously work to close the achievement gap.    

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Oscar Moreno

Site Director

Mr. Moreno is a Brooklyn native and graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2011, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in history. He served as a community organizer with Students First: New York, and worked with community members of East New York in order to make the vision of a better public school system a reality. He served as a SAGA Tutor Fellow in New York City and as a Site Director since July 2015.  

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Travis Johnson

Site Director

Mr. Johnson graduated from Utica college of Syracuse in 2013, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He was born and raised in New York City and has experienced the challenges and the rewards of the New York City Public school system. Johnson attended two different schools during his high school career. Johnson’s high school experience set the foundation for his current success and future goals. Due to this Johnson aspires to give back to community by working with the youth Prior to joining SAGA, Johnson served as a Math specialist for NIA Community services after school programs. There Johnson designed and implemented mathematics lesson plans. Furthermore, Johnson introduced computer programming skills to the students and staff at I.S 229. Mr. Johnson was a founding Tutor Fellow with SAGA in New York City and served as Site Director since July 2015.  

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Asia Tillery

Assistant Site Director

Asia Tillery graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2014, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education with a concentration in Math and a minor in Psychology. She is currently enrolled in NYU’s Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy graduate program. She joined SAGA in 2015 during their pilot year in New York City where she served as a Tutor Fellow from May 2015-June 2016 . This year she is the Assistant Site Director at Dewitt Clinton High School in Bronx, NY. Born and raised in NYC she is eager to contribute to the education reform that is desperately needed in her community.  

Jessica Dawson

Assistant Site Director

Jessica is currently serving as an Assistant Site Director for SAGA Innovations in New York City. She graduated from Fort Valley State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. After college, Jessica joined Georgia Teaching Fellows. She completed the program which trains teachers to work in schools serving low income communities. After completing the program, Jessica became a middle school mathematics teacher for Fulton County Schools in Fairburn, GA. It was here that she learned the importance of teaching fundamental mathematics education to young students. After two years in middle grades education, Jessica transitioned into the high school classroom, teaching Advanced Algebra, PreCalculus, and Advanced Mathematical Decision Making. During her tenure as a teacher, Jessica has served as department chair, grade level chair, and math coordinator for the Renaissance Leadership Academy. As math coordinator, Jessica developed the curriculum for high achieving students. Jessica continues to share her love of teaching and passion for mathematics through her role.  

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