Michaela Pernetti

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Educational Leadership & Policy

M.P.P. in Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2022
B.A. in English and Political Science, Santa Clara University, 2019

Email: mpernetti@utexas.edu
Michaela is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) program whose research interests are broadly aimed at attaining greater educational equity in PK-20 public education. She plans to examine responses to teacher attrition and shortages in an effort to better understand how we can build a high-quality, sustainable educator workforce.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Santa Clara, Michaela worked in public health policy advocacy in her hometown of Sacramento, CA. While completing her Masters degree, she served on the policy and professional learning teams at the Chicago Public Schools Office of Equity.

She is currently a member of Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC), a research team led by Dr. Carol Fletcher and Dr. Joshua Childs, aimed at increasing the diversity of students in computing by promoting state-level computer science education reform. She is also the assistant to graduate services and a graduate writing consultant at the University Writing Center, and is an editor for the Texas Education Review, a peer-reviewed education journal housed in the College of Education.

In her free time, Michaela volunteers with Camp Kesem, a nationwide nonprofit empowering college student leaders to provide year-round support and a free summer camp for children affected by a parent's cancer.