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Sam Ensslin

Samantha Ensslin


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Sam guides district leadership teams through the process of maximizing resources to improve student outcomes. Since joining ERS in 2010, she has worked with over a dozen partner districts. Currently, Sam manages ERS’ work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), where she is supporting the district to align their resources with their new Strategic Plan.

As a leader of ERS’ Strategic School Design practice area, Sam works closely with district leadership to create the conditions for flexible resource use at the school level and to implement necessary changes in school budgets, schedules, and staffing plans. She then works with principals, school leadership teams, and principal supervisors to create customized school designs and support the implementation of those designs. Sam currently manages the partnership between ERS and Public Impact, which focuses on creating and implementing new school designs for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that extend the reach of excellent teachers.

Through her prior work in a variety of unique districts, Sam has gained an expertise in the areas of Weighted Student Funding, teacher compensation, and school autonomy. She has managed or supported projects in AustinBaltimore, BostonClevelandGeorgia, Indianapolis, Lawrence, Newark, Prince George's County, and Rochester.

Prior to joining ERS, Sam spent several years in the private sector focused on finance and analytics. She is an avid Boston sports fan and enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and being with family and friends.

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