Colin Curtin

District Support Team Lead


Portait photo of Colin Curtin, District Support Team Lead

Colin joined the Holdsworth Center as a district support consultant in 2017 as the organization onboarded its inaugural cohort of districts. He is currently a team lead with the Holdsworth Center supporting districts to identify and implement key changes to their talent management systems.

Prior to joining the team at Holdsworth, Colin worked at Urban Leaders Fellowship, an organization that recruits future leaders and pairs them with local elected officials to drive change through policy. As founding Regional Director for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Colin partnered with board members from Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, and the State Board of Education to establish the organization in a new region. Colin tripled the number of policy fellows in the region over his tenure and supported fellows and elected officials to design and implement policies to improve the outcomes and educational environment for students across Texas.

Colin’s interest in education policy was sparked by his career as a high school science teacher. Colin worked as a chemistry teacher and 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 and The University of Texas at Arlington to connect high school students to the advanced science concepts they need to thrive in college.

Colin graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in health sciences. During college, he worked as a research assistant in the Neurosurgery Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, but he came to feel a stronger draw and sense of accomplishment from volunteering as a tutor in his spare time. He joined Teach for America to change his path and became a teacher.

Colin loves painting, reading, and being outside. He has two dogs named after the best burger joint in Texas (any guesses?) and is currently struggling to teach them to go for runs with him.