RISE Network Welcomes Christina Y. Ellington as Chief of Programs and Network Success

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Former Regional Superintendent and Principal, Christina Ellington joins RISE with over a decade of experience

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (August 17, 2021) – The Connecticut RISE Network (RISE), announced today Christina Y. Ellington as the Chief of Programs and Network Success. In this new role, Ellington will lead RISE’s school partnerships and program teams, including the Freshman Success Team, Student Success Team, and Postsecondary Success Team. Ellington will support RISE’s goals of improving student outcomes and closing opportunity gaps, while also empowering school teams to drive improvements in their local communities.

Prior to RISE, Ellington worked at Achievement First (AF) for over a decade. AF is a higher-performing charter management organization founded in 1999. AF operates 41 schools spanning PK-12 and serving over 15,00 in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. 

“I am very grateful to the RISE Network for the opportunity to join them in this important and necessary work of educating the children across the state,” Ellington said. “The aftermath of the pandemic has had a direct and immediate impact on our educational system, and the great strides that the RISE Network has made for the continued improvement of our students make me excited to be a part of this organization going forward.” 

Ellingtons joins the RISE team after an impressive 12-year tenure at AF.  Ellington served as a Regional Superintendent for the last three years, overseeing all Connecticut elementary schools. Prior to that, she spent five years as a building principal at the elementary and middle levels, leading turnaround efforts and achieving top academic and climate results within the AF network. And before taking on principalships, Ellington spent three years as an AF Dean of Students. Ellington has served in key leadership roles promoting student success, school improvement, and network growth during her time with AF. She began her career in education as a math teacher in Harlem. 

Ellington has a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from the Tisch Scholars Program at New York University, and a master’s degree in K-12 education from NYU.  

The Chief of Programs and Network Success will serve as a senior leader overseeing RISE’s school support strategy, program model, and program staff, with responsibility for achieving positive student outcomes in close partnership with RISE districts and high schools. 

“We are ecstatic to welcome Christina to the RISE team and network community,” said Emily Pallin, RISE Executive Director. “Christina embodies our mission and values as a network, and she exudes warmth, positivity, and a drive toward results. She has an impressive track record improving student outcomes, closing opportunity gaps, and uplifting the voices of educators and families. I am thrilled and humbled by this opportunity to partner with and learn from Christina. I can’t wait for Christina to partner with RISE school communities to advance our program strategies and student outcome goals.”