Dr. Deborah Chapman
Carrie Romo, Ed. S., is an educator and activist from Kansas City, Kansas. She attended Central College in Pella, Iowa where she quickly found her calling towards social justice and equity. In her first year at Central, she got involved with the White Privilege Conference which she credits to helping her channel her confusion and anger into education and action. She served as a planning member for the non-profit organization The Privilege Institute. The Privilege Institute’s mission is to provide challenging, collaborative and comprehensive strategies to empower and equip people to work for equity and justice through self, organizational and social transformation. In 2009, she earned her master’s degree in education focusing in effective teaching and learning with an emphasis in urban education from Drake University. Romo went on to pursue a specialist degree in education focusing on cultural responsive leadership and instruction along with K-12 principalship from Drake University.
Professionally, Romo has taught middle school Spanish and she also served as a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Undergraduate Programming advisor. More recently, Romo was hired as a Culture Climate Community Coordinator (C3) with Des Moines Public Schools. Currently, she serves as an Associate Principal at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. Her passion is learning, leading and fostering an understanding of how the intersections of identities and privileges impact teaching and learning. To this end, Romo plans, leads and contributes to the professional development opportunities within school buildings, across the district and in the community. Furthermore, Romo served as a founding member of Dream to Teach, an initiative to increase the representation of educators of color in the Des Moines Public School system. Lastly, she is the co-founder of LeaderShift, a grassroots group of teachers who are committed to building the capacity within themselves and others to do the work of equity in schools. While Romo is fully committed to affecting change in the world, she is also dedicated to her family. Romo is married with three children and finds that her family fuels her passion, keeps her motivated and hopeful for a more just and equitable world!