Garima Bhatt Handley
Higher Achievement Baltimore
After a little more than a decade working as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools and for the nonprofit TNTP, which works to provide talented teachers to students who need them most, Garima Bhatt Handley went to work earlier this year as executive director of Higher Achievement Baltimore, a mentoring organization serving city students.
Her top professional accomplishment, she said, was working with the Department of Education to make it easier for Black teachers to earn teaching certification. The policy, she said, has dramatically increased the number of Black teachers in Maryland classrooms.
A New Jersey native, Handley earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at George Washington University, in Washington, and a master’s in teaching from Johns Hopkins University in 2011.
“I am immensely lucky to have received access to an excellent education and subsequently career opportunities that allowed me to set and meet ambitious goals,” she said. “My hope is that over the course of my lifetime, more Black and Brown students have the same access to excellent opportunities to achieve their most ambitious personal and professional goals.”