Aaliyah Samuel serves as director for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Education Division. Samuel focuses on early care and education policies from birth to third grade, aligning early care and education with K-12 policies related to issues such as workforce development, learning standards, assessment, math and early literacy and language development.
Prior to joining NGA, Samuel served as senior director of family support and literacy at First Things First and as elementary principal at the Tucson Unified School District. She also served as assistant principal of elementary special education, general education instructor and English speakers of other languages adult education instructor at the Hillsborough County Schools.
Samuel holds an EdD in organization leadership with a minor in conflict resolution and an EdS in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She also holds a master of arts and teaching with a minor in English speakers of other languages and special education from the University of South Florida, as well as a bachelor’s in psychology from Tuskegee University.
Aaliyah originally hails from Colón, Panamá.