Stephanie Dean
Vice President of Teaching and Learning Policy


  • Education reform
  • ESEA
  • Federal policy
  • Innovative professional development
  • School reform
  • State policy
  • Teacher assessment
  • Teacher compensation
  • Teacher quality

Stephanie Dean, a senior consultant and vice president of teaching and learning policy at Public Impact, focuses on identifying and cultivating state policy conditions that help schools extend the reach of excellent teachers. For example, she co-authored “ESSA: New Law, New Opportunity,” and, as part of her focus on teacher preparation, she co-authored “Paid Educator Residencies,” “Within Budget: How New School Models Can Radically Improve Teacher and Principal Preparation.” Before joining Public Impact, Dean led The Hunt Institute’s research and policy analysis team, identifying and analyzing key education policy issues to inform state leaders and foster information-sharing among national partner organizations. She also taught fourth grade in the Mississippi Delta as a Teach For America corps member, and became the organization’s director of special projects for eastern North Carolina. Dean earned her master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.