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Heather Wathington

See Forever Foundation/Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools

Heather Wathington is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maya Angelou Schools and the See Forever Foundation. The Maya Angelou Schools are a multi-campus collaboration of charter schools for disconnected youth dedicated to empowering young people to reach their potential and to transition to college, career, and a lifetime of success; the See Forever Foundation supports the schools to accomplish this mission.

Prior to her recent appointment at the See Forever Foundation, Wathington was an Assistant Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Her scholarship focuses on the academic achievement of low-income students and students of color in postsecondary education, with a specific focus on understanding the educational contexts, levers, and practices that promote greater academic success for these students. Wathington’s research spans the areas of college access, matriculation, and persistence into higher education, as well as postgraduate study and research training. Her research has been supported by more than $2.1 million in grants from the Institute for Education Sciences, the Houston Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Wathington is an honors graduate of Wellesley College and earned a master’s in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan in higher and postsecondary education.