Fellow Profile: Savannah Windham
Staff Specialist, Duke TeachHouse
Cultivating a sense of optimism about teaching, students, and education as a whole is imperative for educators as we combat systemic injustice in our classrooms. TeachHouse provides educators with the space and resources to be creative, reflective, and optimistic in exploring innovative ways to change the paradigm.
Savannah Windham is a National Board Certified Teacher with nearly ten years experience in the field of education. After receiving her BA in English from the University of Kansas, Savannah taught English abroad in Northern Spain with the Spanish Ministry of Education and cultivated her passion for working with young people. Teaching abroad inspired her to pursue her Master of Arts in Teaching from Duke University, and upon graduation she joined Northern High School in Durham, North Carolina, where she taught 5 years as an English Teacher working primarily with 9th and 11th grade students. In 2016, Savannah was awarded the Stanford Hollyhock Fellowship for early-career teachers working in urban contexts. The following year, she joined Duke TeachHouse as a Resident Mentor Fellow. TeachHouse inspired Savannah to delve deeper into educational innovation and explore education in a global context through professional development trips to education systems in Finland, Canada, and Nepal. Savannah currently works as a Staff Specialist in the Program in Education at Duke supporting TeachHouse initiatives and plans to attend UNC’s Master of Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Program starting in fall 2020.