"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 Executive Director 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 Lead 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.
Tiffany Brave Education Organizer Tiffany Brave is a Miami native and graduate of MDCPS. She received her Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida A & M University a Master's in Education from John Hopkins University. Tiffany served as a corps member for both Teach For America and City Year at her alma mater, North Miami Senior High School, where she currently teaches Algebra 1. She sits on the inaugural board for the Miami-Dade Collective, and association for educators of color. Tiffany participated in Achieve Miami’s 2017 Teacher Leader cohort and worked in the Georgia Office of Student Achievement as part of Leadership for Educational Equity's Summer Policy Fellowship. Before joining P.S. 305, Tiffany serves as a Policy Advisor to the former Florida Board of Education representative Rebecca Fishman Lipsey.
Taylor Spratt Research & Policy Consultant Taylor is a Chicago native passionate about educational justice, popular education and youth organizing. She graduated with her bachelor's in Community Transformation: Culture, Education, Theory & Praxes from Antioch College in Ohio, where she worked for Dayton Public Schools in ESL/Refugee Outreach developing an ESL program and a "Welcome" framework for Ponitz Career Technology Center high school. In this role, she was the lead facilitator of a youth-led participatory action research project to call to bring restorative justice programming to the school. She has worked as an education intern at the Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana, as a youth facilitator of a farming & nutrition class for immigrant families in Western Colorado, and as a tutor in America Counts/America Reads in eastern Washington. She is also passionate about the intersection between education, housing, and health. In addition to her work with P.S. 305, Taylor works as a Housing Resource Coordinator at the Lotus House Women's Shelter in Overtown.
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.
Luisa Santos Luisa Santos was born in Bogota, Colombia, and has lived in Miami since she was eight years old. She attended the Honors College at Miami Dade College and later Georgetown University where she graduated with a degree in political economy with a minor in education, inquiry, and justice. During the summer between her junior and senior years, Luisa learned about the process of making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Luisa has always had a business bug and the inclination to start her own venture, so she began to think that maybe this fascination with liquid nitrogen was not just a fleeting interest. She merged her passions for sustainable, value-driven business and a mission to reinvent the way America thinks of ice cream by launching Lulu’s. In May 2015, Luisa decided to bring Lulu’s back to her hometown and opened Lulu’s first shop in downtown Miami. Lulu’s quickly gained popularity and was voted “Best Ice Cream in Miami” by the Miami New Times. Lulu’s now operates a wholesale and catering business in addition to the shop at 2001 Biscayne Blvd. Luisa’s story has featured in top publications, including Forbes, Glamour, The Miami Herald, and in a Hillary Clinton campaign ad during the 2016 presidential election. She even spoke at the White House for the Latinas in the U.S. Summit. Luisa’s unstoppable approach to life and inspiring achievements make her one of the most well-rounded millennial leaders.
Ryan Pontier A native of New Jersey, but at home in Miami, Ryan is Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Education & Human Development at Florida International University (FIU). His work is inspired by his belief that all young children deserve quality care and education. As such, he constantly asks, “What are we doing to support children’s learning, especially their language development?” He provides on-site support to teachers, plans and implements strategic workshops for various educational organizations, engages in research around teachers’ instructional practices with bilingual students, and helps prepare future teachers through his teaching at FIU.
Evian White De Leon, Esq. Board Attorney Long before graduating from the University of Miami School of Law, Evian’s passion has been elevating disenfranchised voices in her hometown of Miami. At Florida International University, Evian studied International Relations and Spanish Language and Literature, both in Miami and in Spain. She leveraged those experiences to work at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. for almost seven years as a community lawyer and litigator to empower her clients facing systemic and institutional inequities. She then joined Miami Beach Community Health Center, Inc. as their Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs. Part of her work was representing the interests of MBCHC to improve operations, quality of patient care, and to mitigate risk. The other part was developing relationships with community partners to expand access to quality, affordable health care. Currently, Evian is the Policy Director with Miami Homes for All, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness and creating new opportunities for affordable housing. Outside of the office, Evian is the President-Elect of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and volunteers as an investigative member of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11P. Evian also participated in Class III of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy and Class IX of the Miami Fellows with The Miami Foundation.
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 Dr. Blanca Correa-Cespedes, Assistant Principal at Miami Beach Senior High Julian de Lavalle, Former MDCPS Teacher Tiffany Brave, Teacher at North Miami Senior High Katie Sparkes, Teacher at Palmer Trinity School Sandra Almeida, Teacher at Jesse J. McCrary Elementary Tifanny Burks, Organizer at Femme Collective, Former Organizer at PowerU Karen Veras, Instructional Coach at Eneida M. Hartner Elementary Shakeh Grady, Breakthrough Collaborative Jose Medina, Cambridge Innovation Center