CCFP Career Series – Teach For America and Beyond

Nichole Davis, Cassie Lutterloh, and Whitney McCoy will join us to talk about their experiences in Teach for America and how TFA launched their careers in education policy. They have pursued different paths since their classroom days—a JD, MPP and PhD and work in higher education, the non-profit sector and academia. Join us to learn more about Teach for America as a launching pad for working in child and family policy.

This speaker series is for Duke students who want to learn more about careers in child and family policy. Meetings are designed to help students explore the wide range of job opportunities and careers available in the field of child and family policy while creating a network of students who share their professional interests.

Nichole Davis is an assistant university counsel at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her practice focuses on labor and employment law, student affairs, and litigation. She previously worked as a senior legal fellow in Duke University’s Office of Counsel. Davis started her legal career as an employment law and litigation associate at a law firm in New York City. She graduated from Dartmouth College and joined Teach For America, teaching 8th grade math in Charlotte, N.C. Davis received her law degree from Duke University School of Law. While in law school, Davis interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in Duke Energy Corporation’s Office of the General Counsel. She also served as a Guardian ad Litem in North Carolina.

Cassie Lutterloh is the assistant vice president for talent at Public Impact. She supports Public Impact’s mission by managing the recruitment, selection, and support for all staff members. Prior to her Public Impact talent role, Lutterloh was an Opportunity Culture consultant and consulting manager for five years, supporting districts and schools to create teacher-leader roles that increase student access to excellent teachers. Before joining Public Impact, Lutterloh worked for the Eastern N.C. region of Teach For America. She holds a BS in journalism and a BA in art history from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.

Whitney McCoy is a research scientist focusing on equity and inclusion for the Center for Child and Family Policy. In her role at CCFP, McCoy focuses on promoting culturally responsive strategies within two trauma-informed education interventions: Resilience and Learning and Infant-Toddler Trauma-Informed Care. McCoy’s other research explores identity development for Black girls in educational settings. As a fully funded doctoral student, she was awarded Outstanding Dissertation of the Year, was a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar, and a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

McCoy completed her postdoctoral studies at the UVA’s School of Education and Human Development, and she earned her Ph.D. in teacher education and learning sciences from North Carolina State University. She holds a MA in teaching from the UNC-Charlotte and received her BS in biology from Winston-Salem State University.