District Support Consultant
A former chemistry teacher with a passion for collaborative, inquiry-based education, Colin Curtin has spent the last several years at the Urban Leaders Fellowship growing programs that help aspiring leaders create meaningful change in their communities.
As the director for six regions across the U.S., Colin helped increase local partners and capacity for policy fellows. As the fellowship’s founding regional director in Dallas-Fort Worth, Colin launched a policy fellowship to support a member of the Texas State Board of Education and a trustee on the Dallas ISD school board. Colin expanded the cohort’s geographic reach into Fort Worth, tripled the number of policy fellows in the region, and brought on a third elected official, a Fort Worth ISD trustee.
Colin’s interest in education policy was sparked by his career as a high school science teacher. Colin worked as a district chemistry team leader for Uplift Education in Dallas, designing curriculum for 10 campuses and professional development for the district’s science teachers. Colin’s desire to get students involved with modern, high-level science led him to partner with the University of Texas at Dallas to host 15 students in research labs and create a genetics curriculum to expose students to current research at the University of Texas at Arlington.
A former researcher at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Neurosurgery, Colin blazed a new career path in 2012 by joining Teach for America in Dallas. Colin taught 10th grade chemistry at Uplift Peak Preparatory for five years.
A former rugby player at Boston College, Colin loves running, oil painting, and helping students find interests outside of school from sports to science and engineering.