"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
P.S. 305 Team
Yannell Selman Founder Yannell Selman is an education organizer, former teacher, and Miami native with a decade of experience in the fields of education and advocacy. Yannell began her education career as a 2nd grade (bilingual) teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Richmond, California. As a teacher, Yannell saw major systemic issues in the school system, compelling her to get involved in education advocacy. .She became an education organizer and organizing director, winning on issue campaigns at the local, district, and state level toward educational equity across Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, and Sacramento. After years of teaching and organizing, Yannell returned home to launch P.S. 305 in 2016. Yannell is Cuban-American who was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Coral Gables Senior High. She has a 5 year old sister currently enrolled in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Mina Hosseini Education Organizer Mina Hosseini currently serves as an Education Organizer for P.S. 305. Mina is a Miami native with an Executive Master of Science in Taxation from Florida International University who worked with Deloitte Tax LLP servicing domestic and international clients before joining P.S. 305. Mina is a passionate advocate for children and is also a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer for the 11th Judicial Circuit. Serving as a voice for children in foster care, Mina is appointed to represent the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children. A resourceful and dynamic connector, Mina joined P.S. 305 to bring her background in professional services cultivated at Deloitte to a mission-driven organization of like-minded individuals in her local community. Mina is an advocate for all children and wants to inspire, engage, and activate members of the community in this pursuit.
Wilson Mejia Education Organizer Wilson Mejía was born and raised in the Dominican Republic before migrating to New York City with his family at age 13. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in History from City University of New York’s Lehman College, he became a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization offering after-school enrichment activities to socioeconomically-disadvantaged middle schoolers. In this position, he also served as the primary point of contact between parents and teachers as the Family-Student Engagement Lead at Bronx Writing Academy. In 2015, he joined Teach for America’s Dallas-Fort Worth Corps, where he developed leadership skills to become a community advocate. While in Fort Worth, he taught kindergarten at W.M. Green Elementary. In his classroom, he empowered his students to become future community leaders by emphasizing the importance of education and college readiness. Wilson is passionate about early literacy and parent involvement in the early stages of language development. He is now pursuing a M.S.Ed. in Community & Social Change at the University of Miami and organizing families with P.S. 305.
Jesse Dong Jesse Dong is an Assistant Public Defender in Miami Dade County. He previously worked at other public defender offices including with the Orleans Public Defender's Office in New Orleans, The Defender Association in Seattle, Washington and Legal Aid Society in New York City. Prior to going to law school at NYU, Jesse was a middle school math teacher in North Minneapolis with the Minneapolis Public School District.
Matt Campbell MattCampbellisDirectorofAdmissionsatWyncodeAcademy,acodingschoolfor adultsthatprovidesvocationaltraininginwebdevelopmentandotherprogramsforskill setenhancementinthedigitalspace.OriginallyborninMiami,Florida,Mattspentmost ofhislifeinMichiganandearnedhisBachelor'sinBusinessAdministrationfromThe UniversityofMichigan.In2013,hereturnedtoMiamiasaTeachForAmericacorps memberandtaughtmiddleschoolLanguageArtswiththeMiamiDadePublicSchool District.
Evian White De Leon, Esq. Board Attorney LongbeforegraduatingfromtheUniversityofMiamiSchoolofLaw,Evian’spassionhas beenelevatingdisenfranchisedvoicesinherhometownofMiami.AtFlorida InternationalUniversity,EvianstudiedInternationalRelationsandSpanishLanguageand Literature,bothinMiamiandinSpain.SheleveragedthoseexperiencestoworkatLegal ServicesofGreaterMiami,Inc.forsevenyearsasacommunitylawyerand litigatortoempowerherclientsfacinginstitutionalinequities.Currently, EvianistheExecutiveVicePresidentofStrategicPartnershipsandProgramsatMiami BeachCommunityHealthCenter,anonprofitandfederallyqualifiedhealthcenter.Part ofherworkisrepresentingtheinterestsofMBCHCtoimproveoperations,qualityof patientcare,andtomitigaterisk.Theotherpartisdevelopingrelationshipswith communitypartnerstoexpandaccesstoquality,affordablehealthcare.Outsideofthe office,sheisthenextPresident-ElectoftheDadeCountyBarAssociationYoungLawyers SectionandvolunteerswithJuniorLeague.Evianwasalsoselectedtoparticipatein ClassIIIofTheFloridaBarLeadershipAcademyandClassIXoftheMiamiFellowswith TheMiamiFoundation.
P.S. 305 Board of Ambassadors
Our Board of Ambassadors serves as an operational and programmatic advisory body for P.S. 305. Through this group, we engage a large, diverse group of stakeholders in our work of improving Miami's education ecosystem.
Ambassadors: Kristopher Budi, Director at Catalyst Miami Natalie Castellanos, Assistant Professor at FIU Wertheim College of Medicine Phillip Jerez, Congressional Aide at the U.S. House of Representatives Ryan Pontier, Professor of Bilingual Education at MDC Dr. Blanca Correa-Cespedes, Assistant Principal at Miami Beach Senior High Julian de Lavalle, Former MDCPS Teacher and Analyst at Royal Caribbean International Bailey Lowenthal, Founder at CatalyzED Tiffany Brave, Teacher at North Miami Senior High Katie Sparkes, Teacher at Palmer Trinity School Vivienne Vicera, Program Officer at United Way of Miami-Dade Sandra Almeida, Teacher at Jesse J. McCrary Elementary Tifanny Burks, Organizer at Femme Collective, Former Organizer at PowerU Jorge H. Gonzalez, Founder of Beacon of Hope Karen Veras, Instructional Coach at Eneida M. Hartner Elementary