Arlena joined Golden LEAF as Scholarship Program Manager in August 2021. In this role, she will manage our efforts to continue to lead successful scholarship and internship programs. Before joining Golden LEAF, she taught for six years in Halifax and Northampton counties as a Teach For America corps member. Most recently, Arlena served as Director, Incoming Corps Member Pipeline for Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina where she led the region’s efforts to onboard and hire its corps members.
Arlena was born and raised in Rockingham, North Carolina and now lives in Rocky Mount with her partner, Shane, and their bearded dragon (once a class pet), Howard. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Communication in 2013 from UNC Chapel Hill and received a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Johns Hopkins University in 2018.
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