Amy Jackson Sellers, vice president for the Geneva City Schools Board of Education, has been named Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ first-ever program coordinator for Geneva 2020, a community-wide initiative focused on increasing graduation rates, improving literacy and boosting college readiness for local students.
As program coordinator, Sellers will manage and support various commitments developed to enhance and meet the goals of Geneva 2020. In addition, she will collaborate with local partners and organizations to advance opportunities, awareness and outreach around student success in Geneva schools. She begins her new role at HWS working in the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL). The position is partially funded by a grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, a Chicago-based philanthropic family foundation.
“I am thrilled to have joined the Geneva 2020 initiative as the new Geneva 2020 program coordinator,” Sellers says. “Having moved to Geneva more than 12 years ago, I have invested heavily in the Geneva City School District and the Geneva community.”
Sellers says she’s grateful for the efforts carried out at HWS to propel the Geneva 2020 initiative in the community.
Rooted in the collective impact model, Geneva 2020 works to ensure that all students in the community have the skills necessary to graduate from high school and to effectively pursue college. The alignment of initiatives already has helped move the high school graduation rate from 70 percent in 2010 to 82 percent in 2013, and to increase the number of local high school students entering college from 74 percent in 2009 to 76 percent in 2013.
“Geneva is the perfect place for such an endeavor,” Sellers says. “Our community is filled with thoughtful and proactive people who are willing to give their time, money and skills to improve Geneva and those who live here. Through Geneva 2020, I know that the students of the Geneva City School District will be the beneficiaries of this community’s help and expertise for many, many years to come. I’m proud to be a part of that vision.”
A resident of Geneva and actively engaged community member, Sellers ran for the Geneva City Schools Board of Education in 2011 and was elected to a five-year term.
“The Board of Education represents a new level of service for me, and I have found it to be extremely rewarding,” Sellers says. “My involvement in the school district as both a board member and a parent gives me a unique perspective into the schools and our community. As the new Geneva 2020 program coordinator, I will use this perspective and my love of this community and school district to help take Geneva 2020 to the next level of success.”
In addition to serving on the Geneva school board, Sellers also is the founder and coordinator of the North Street School Science Night, which she first launched five years ago with the Geneva Family and School Association. After seeing a need for more science in the schools, Sellers wanted to create an event that brings local scientists and educators (many from HWS) into the schools with hands-on demonstrations and so that students can see STEM careers and science in new and exciting ways. The event has averaged 400 students and family members in attendance each year.
“Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva 2020 Steering Committee are excited to welcome Amy Sellers as the new program coordinator,” says CCESL Director Katie Flowers HON ’11. “With deep ties to the community, Amy brings a strong background in education, management and public service to this new role. We look forward to working with Amy as she guides Geneva 2020 in a direction that allows our community to accomplish the goals we’ve set forth for student success.”
Sellers has previously served in a variety of roles in higher education, including work at HWS, Keuka College and at University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder). She earned a B.A. from CU-Boulder and is earning a Master of Arts in English from the University of Louisville. She is the parent of two children in the Geneva City Schools and has spent many hours volunteering in the district.