Many teachers need to contribute extra resources to their classrooms to provide students with a quality education. Typically, teachers in underserved schools need to provide the most resources to fund their classrooms, and they have fewer fundraising opportunities compared to teachers in high-income areas. It’s neither sustainable nor fair to expect teachers to fund their classrooms through their own income. Today, there are a number of online fundraising platforms to help educators’ market and support their classrooms in an efficient way. Our speakers, Kelly Carideo, Principal of Beechfield Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, and Val Taylor, Manager, Office of the President, New Student Retention at Walden University, will discuss how educators can use technology and other fundraising strategies to successfully market their classrooms and provide their students with the best learning experience possible.

Kelly Carideo

Kelly Carideo, Principal, Beechfield Elementary/Middle School

Kelly Carideo is a native of Ocean City, New Jersey. She is the principal of Beechfield Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. Kelly has been serving Baltimore City Public Schools for 15 years in different capacities including teacher, dean of discipline, CEO intern, assistant principal, and now principal. She is a mother of six, with all six of her children having attended Baltimore City Public Schools. Kelly has a strong passion for urban education and equity. She believes that she is responsible for her scholars’ success by ensuring they are surrounded by highly qualified educators. She says because she loves what she does, it doesn’t feel like work.

Kelly graduated from Immaculata University with a degree in psychology/elementary education and from the College of Notre Dame with a degree in administration and supervision. She graduated from the New Leaders Program Cohort 12. New Leaders has a mission to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed. As a principal and former teacher, Kelly has always looked for ways to fund classrooms, so teachers and students have what is needed to succeed.

Val Taylor

Val Taylor, Manager, Office of the President, New Student Retention, Walden University; Walden’s Center for Social Change Advisory Council, Leader of Social Change Initiatives

Val Taylor earned her MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University in 2018. In her role at Walden, she works with various stakeholders to ensure that the university provides a positive student experience. She is passionate about making a difference in our society through Walden’s mission of positive social change. In the community, Val educates and brings awareness concerning HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. She is working to establish a nonprofit organization that will provide resources, healing, education, counseling, legal services, transitional housing,and transportation for victims of domestic violence.

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