Founder & Executive Director
Matthew Spengler is responsible for leading the overall operation and strategic direction of Blueprint Schools Network. Matt has been involved in school reform for more than twenty years as a teacher, leadership coach, nonprofit administrator, and as the founding principal of MetWest High School in Oakland, California. Prior to launching Blueprint, Matt was the Program Director of The Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University (EdLabs), overseeing the implementation of field experiments in districts across the country. He also served as Chief Academic Officer for Lighthouse Academies, a national nonprofit charter school management organization and as the National Director of New School Development for the Big Picture Company, where he worked with school districts and charter school leaders to create and sustain new elementary, middle, and high schools. Matt received his A.B. from Harvard University and his M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Superintendents Program.
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development
Freda brings joy to her role and specializes in fundraising, communications, partnerships and board development. She holds a B.A from the University of California Berkeley and a certificate of fundraising management from Indiana University, Center of Philanthropy. She loves Blueprint because she is committed to social justice and is passionate about providing students with the resources they need to pursue their dreams.
In her free time, Freda can be found creating mashups of Southern and Filipino cuisine, volunteering, listening to jazz, hiking the Bay Area trails with her husband and chocolate lab Curry and spending time with her extended family and friends.
Finance & Human Capital Director
Ted has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1990. He has held senior management positions with both foundations and direct service organizations. He holds an MBA from Boston College and is specifically interested in helping nonprofits to adopt private sector methods to improve effectiveness. Ted is an expert in strategic planning, financial management, board development, business plan development, fundraising, grants administration, and has trained nonprofit professionals in all of these areas.
Math Fellows Program Director
Sarah graduated from Colby College with a degree in Mathematics. She loves Blueprint because she is passionate about giving students the opportunity to learn to love math. She joined the Blueprint team in 2011 as one of the inaugural Math Fellows in the Denver project and has worked with the Colorado, Bay Area and National teams since. Outside of Blueprint you can find her enjoying the outdoors in Northern California and adding to her ever increasing collection of books.
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Ilyas is an AmeriCorps Alum (’12 & ’13) who has been working in the nonprofit space for over 9 years. He conferred a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Wartburg College located in Waverly, IA. Ilyas has dedicated his career to serving underserved communities similar to those of which he grew up in. Ilyas shares a passion for Blueprint because of the organization’s commitment to underserved youth and closing the math focused achievement gap. Ilyas enjoys mentoring, creative problem solving, and fashion/sports.
Data and Operations Coordinator
Stephen has a Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has been with blueprint for 5 years. His first year with Blueprint he was a fellow. Outside of Blueprint he enjoys solving math puzzles and playing board games.
Regional Manager, ESTL, Nashville
This is Kim’s 7th year working in the Math Fellows Program. Her first two years were spent as a Fellow in Denver Public Schools at Place Bridge Academy. She then came back to her home state to continue the work as a Blueprint leader for the Math Fellows Program in East St. Louis District 189 and is supporting Blueprint’s newest partnership with KIPP Nashville, Tennessee. When not working in schools, you can find Kim cooking, reading, nature walking, slacklining, and spending time with her partner and pups.
Site Manager, Bay Area
Site Manager, Nashville
Taylor is a Native Tennesseean who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Human and Organizational Performance. She then moved to New Orleans, LA, where she taught high school mathematics, before returning to Vandy as a graduate student studying Leadership and Organizational Performance. She loves Blueprint because it aligns with her passions of educational equity, racial equality, and youth and leadership development. Outside of working with Blueprint, Taylor enjoys reading, creating earrings, spending time with family and friends, and exploring the city with her Aussiedoodle.
Site Manager, Commerce City
Ellie is a proud born and raised Coloradan and has spent the last 7 years working with students of all ages in Denver. She is a former elementary teacher, teacher coach, and policy analyst. When she’s not supporting and coaching Fellows, she can be found hiking, playing with her dog, or re-reading Harry Potter.
Site Manager, East St. Louis
Charlie has a Masters in Education with a focus in Community & Social Change and has worked with youth in various educational capacities. When he’s not coaching Fellows and doing math, he can be found cooking, exercising, and trying to keep up with his two young children.
High School Lead Site Manager
Evan has been working with Blueprint since 2016, where he has been a Fellow and Site Manager. He was previously a Paramedic but has taught math and worked with students from grades 5-11, along with adult learners. When he is not working with Fellows or nerding out over math content, he is spending time with his wife and 3 dogs.
Site & Communications Manager
Dan has a Masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and has been teaching and coaching math for 10 years. In his free time, he can be found cycling, listening to jazz, or playing chess.
Associate Site Manager, Bay Area
Ali’s lifelong love of education started when she tutored peers all through middle school and high school in the Inland Empire in California. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in English and Italian Studies, Ali continued that passion by teaching English as a Second Language in Italy. Upon returning to the US and starting a Math Fellow position with Blueprint, she quickly fell in love with middle school math tutoring and support. She supported students in Oakland as a Blueprint Math Fellow for 2 years, and grew into a role as an Associate Site Manager with Blueprint.
In her free time, Ali enjoys reading, knitting, baking bread, trying to keep succulents alive, and light hiking. She volunteers with the Prisoners Literature Project in Berkeley.
Associate Site Manager, East St. Louis
Matthew has worked with Blueprint since 2019, but he’s been teaching math since childhood, when he would hand-write addition worksheets for his younger sister. When he’s not working with Fellows, he can be found constructing crossword puzzles and playing with his cat.
Associate Site Manager, East St. Louis
Math Fellows Program Associate
Shelby graduated from UCLA with a degree in anthropology. She has been with Blueprint for 3 years, and was a Fellow for one year before moving to her current role. Outside of work, she enjoys playing video games and over-analyzing every moment of Big Brother.
Program Associate, Nashville
Ralph graduated from California State University Chico with a degree in Economics. Over the past 7 years of working with youth, Ralph has developed a passion to see bright young minds grow into their full potential. Outside of working with Blueprint, Ralph can be found hiking, weightlifting, and spending time with friends and family.
Program Associate, Commerce City
Lauren graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, and has been working with youth for over the past 12 years. AmeriCorps brought her from the Bay Area to Colorado and she fell in love with the nonprofit world. Working with Blueprint has allowed her to dip into all of her passions. In her free time, you can find Lauren hiking, cooking, playing board games or obsessing over her plants.
Uma graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. This is her second year at Blueprint, and she is currently at West Oakland Middle School. She loves teaching math in small groups because she loves seeing students build confidence in their problem solving and critical thinking skills. In her free time, Uma can be found hiking in Point Reyes and cooking new vegetarian recipes.
This is Lauren’s second year with Blueprint Schools Network. She loves building students’ confidence and love of math. Outside of Blueprint Lauren enjoys hiking, playing board games, and completing books off her ever-growing reading list.
Terrance graduated from CSU- East Bay with a degree in Mathematics.This is his second year working at Blueprint, previously working with the Oakland program. Terrance joined the Blueprint team to help encourage a growth mindset and discourage the fear of failure. Outside of Blueprint, Terrance is a musician, hiker, Comic/Manga fan, and a full-time Pokemon Enthusiast.
Tess has a Masters in Marketing from Webster University and a Bachelors in Sociology/Social Justice. Tess had served 3 years with AmeriCorps VISTA prior to joining Blueprint, and this is her second year as a Fellow. Outside of Blueprint, you can find her reading, hiking, or walking her chihuahua, Aurora.
Arthur graduated from Washington University in St. Louis after studying Electrical Engineering. He fell in love with the city a decade ago and is passionate about using one of his loves (math) to help improve the lives of students who live in the area. He also loves the Cardinals and the Blues, and cooking at home.
Math Fellow Cohorts
Nashville Math Fellows
Bay Area Math Fellows