Two edtech champions to join White House offices as fellows


The Trump administration has chosen two distinguished edtech figures to participate in this year’s White House Fellows program.

The 2017-18 fellows, announced Wednesday, are among a group of 14 distinguished professionals selected for the nonpartisan program, which was created over 50 years ago as a way “to give the fellows first-hand, high-level experience with the workings of the federal government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”

Jake Steel, an Oklahoma City math teacher, will serve the Office of the Domestic Policy Council. Steel advocated for — and helped implement — one-to-one technology programs across the state, which helped increase his school’s state test scores by more than 30 percentage points, according to a bio released by the White House.

Steel, who is from Garden City, Kansas, came to Oklahoma City as a Teach for America corps member in 2014. He earned a master’s degree in secondary education and teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Crystal Moore, of Meridian, Mississippi, will return to the White House as a fellow for the Office of Public Liaison. Moore previously served the White House as an education policy intern.

Moore most recently held the position of senior director at Fullbridge, a Boston-based education technology company that helps students acquire skills desired by employers. While there, Moore helped create blended learning and online education programs focused on career readiness.

Moore’s other education experience includes advising colleges and universities as a consultant for Parthenon-EY and serving as a PorInspire Fellow for D.C. Public Schools.

Moore has a degree in finance from Xavier University and an MBA from Duke University.