Meet Kelsey Mensch
Hello! My name is Kelsey Mensch and I am thrilled to join the Rodel team as a research associate. My interest and passion for education began as a high school student in Long Island, New York. When severe budget cuts threatened to diminish opportunities at my high school, I began to learn, advocate, and work with members of my community to ensure opportunities would still exist for students. This experience fueled my curiosity about America’s public education system and the inequity that persists within it.
Determined to learn more about education, I became a policy student at the University of Delaware and quickly took on education-focused opportunities at various organizations across Delaware. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and a master’s degree in public administration, I worked as a researcher for the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration. In this role, I served as administrative coordinator for the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission where I supported the coalition on an action agenda for systemic change in Delaware public education. It was this project that allowed me to more deeply learn the history and current landscape of education in Delaware. I was fortunate to work with and learn from stakeholders across all sectors and collaborate on solutions to improve the complex education system for all students. I grew more passionate about making an impact in education and wanted to learn more about key education issues from the perspective of schools and teachers.
The experience and skills I gained working for WEIC helped me transition to a school-based role at Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. While serving as data and special projects coordinator, I had the opportunity to work as a substitute teacher across grade levels. This experience inspired me to become a full-time educator. I received a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and spent two years working as an elementary teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. Being a teacher reinforced my belief that all students deserve a quality education that prepares them for lifelong success. This experience also taught me the importance of connecting education policy to the classroom as there is more work to be done to ensure all students have the resources and support that they need to achieve.
I am so excited to be a part of the Rodel team and I look forward to advancing the important work of education policy! Outside of work, I love spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy going to the beach, bingeing TV shows, and playing with my bulldog, Gus.