Kiesha Moodie | Embark 2015

Kiesha Moodie

Kiesha Moodie

Managing Director, Alumni and Community Impact

Kiesha Moodie was raised in South Florida with roots in the Caribbean. She is the daughter of an educator and was born into and raised in the educational arena. She is a proud graduate of Florida State University with dual degrees in Business Management and Hospitality Administration.

In 2008, after graduating Kiesha accepted an offer to join Teach For America in Houston, Texas. Kiesha was placed at Pilgrim Academy where she taught reading and writing to a talented group of 5th graders for three years. In her 2nd year of teaching Kiesha was elected as Teacher of the Year.

While teaching in Houston she became an active member her community and broader educational community. Kiesha served as a Youth Minister and helped to coordinate youth empowerment summits for her faith based community. In her third year of teaching, Kiesha was one of 25 teachers selected as Houston Independent School District’s Inaugural Human Capital Fellowship Program where she was mentored closely Superintendent and by other District Leaders. As a Human Capital Fellow, Kiesha was provided the opportunity study at Harvard University during the Achievement Gap Institute and she was a featured presenter on the topic of parent engagement strategies facilitate student achievement. Toward the end of her fellowship with the guidance of her mentors Kiesha founded Purposeful Partnerships LLC, which seeks to provide solutions to parents, teachers, and students that will accelerate student progress. Prior to leaving the classroom Kiesha received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Texas.

After three years in Texas, Kiesha decided return back to her home in South Florida to expand her impact and build a movement around educational equity in her home state. She joined Teach For America staff in Miami-Dade as an M,TLD supporting 31 teachers in the Liberty City community. The following year, Kiesha served as an Instructional Dean for an elementary school where half of the teaching staff is corps members. In that role she served as on the school leadership team and helped to set vision, priorities, and strategy for the entire school site. Maintaining true to her belief that, “it takes a village to raise a child”, Kiesha partnered with parents, teachers, and community members to host critical conversations and workshops about excellence in education. Since joining Miami-Dade staff Kiesha has been able to spearhead several community partnerships and collaborative initiatives between TFA and the community specifically in Liberty City. Within TFA Kiesha also sits on the National African American TLD Network’s leadership team that builds capacity, community, and increases retention among African American M,TLDs. Kiesha was currently selected as the first ever Director of Alumni Affairs for Teach For America Miami-Dade where she leads an alumni movement 300 strong. She is humbled by the charge of awakening and igniting an alumni movement in South Florida a community that is dear to her heard. Since taking founding the Alumni Affairs team, Kiesha has been able to champion several innovative initiatives Kiesha has pioneered TFA to Startup with support of the Knight Foundation that teachers to work for six weeks in startup companies across Miami-Dade The program started with a placement of ten teachers and is now placed twenty created robust talent pipeline and even TFA alumni entrepreneurs in the Miami Startup community. Kiesha also spearheaded R.O.O.T.S: Miami (Realizing Our Own True Strengths), which is a parent and student leadership summit that has touched over 400 students and parents and continues to be powerful space for voice, empowerment, and affirmation for our youth and families.

As a product of a Village, Kiesha seeks expand her locus of control to ensure that every child has the life changing opportunity to be a product of one as well. Kiesha is a student, teacher, artist, social entrepreneur, child advocate, and an instigator social change.


October 27, 2015
Redefining Leadership for a New World

16:00  -  17:30
October 28, 2015
Embark Stream (Wednesday, 10/28)

08:55  -  15:45