Eileen Fitzgerald has been teaching elementary school for the past decade in a public school in the South Bronx. Originally from the Midwest, Eileen earned a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology and Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. An accomplished violinist, Eileen began her career in education as a registered Suzuki violin teacher. In 2006, she joined Teach For America and moved to New York City to begin her tenure in the New York City Department of Education. At this time she also attended Bank Street College of Education where she learned about progressive education. Upon graduating with a Master of Science in Childhood Education, Eileen hoped to incorporate all that she had learned over the years into her work with students.
By 2013, Eileen began pursuing an interest in school leadership. She was awarded Lead Teacher status by the NYC Department of Education and focused on leading professional development, mentoring new teachers and participating on various leadership teams. In 2016, Eileen graduated from the Summer Principals Academy at Columbia University – Teacher’s College While at Teacher’s College, her New School Design team won the Most Innovative New School Design Award from The Mind Trust organization.