Partnership for After School Education

Biography

Margaret has touched the lives of countless students, parents, and colleagues through her years of devotion to Double Discovery Center’s (DDC) mission to serve first generation college-bound, low income youth.  Margaret first joined DDC’s Upward Bound summer program in 1988 as a residential teaching assistant (RTA), and returned to serve as an RTA and later as Upward Bound Saturday Class Manager while holding full-time employment as program coordinator for a campus community outreach organization.  In 1991, she was hired as a DDC Talent Search program counselor advising seniors about college, careers, and academic planning.  Then, as Senior Counselor, Margaret supervised and trained academic teachers and established collaborative relationships and vital linkages with community based organizations for DDC.  Margaret assumed the position of Upward Bound program director in the summer of 1994.  Under her leadership, Double Discovery Center has become a model for Upward Bound programs throughout the country.  She has redesigned the program’s academic curriculum, developed special student outreach programs, organized parent workshops, and developed productive relationships with target schools and the New York City Board of Education.  "Our greatest success is empowering students to see the possibilities in their futures and making those options a reality," says Margaret.