Teacher. Reader. Puzzler. Sports enthusiast. Lover of all Southern food.

Molly Osborne is the Director of Policy for EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

Molly grew up in Essex, Massachusetts and attended the local public elementary, middle, and high school. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and global development.

After graduating from college, Molly joined Teach for America and taught 5th and 6th grade English Language Arts in Algiers, a neighborhood in New Orleans.  In her third year of teaching, she designed and implemented a blended learning pilot program at her school.

Molly received a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2017. During the summer between her two years of graduate school, she interned for EducationNC and researched home schooling in North Carolina.

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