Michele Leardo is the Assistant Director of IESP. She received her M.A. in Education Policy from the George Washington University in 2012. Her research interests include the role of neighborhoods in supporting education, policy evaluation and implementation and teacher training and support. Her work includes a mixed-methods study exploring the food and wellness environments inside schools, a mixed-methods study of a partnership program providing support to middle school science teachers and an evaluation of a summer internship and education program for high school students. Michele previously taught elementary school in Rome, Italy after receiving her B.A. in elementary Education and Human Development from Boston College, Lynch School of Education.