California Faculty

Molley Posner

Molly Posner, Director of Bay Area Region

Molly joined Summit in 2015 as an instructional coach and collaborated on the design and launch of the residency program in 2016. Prior to joining Summit, Molly worked as a Site Director for Breakthrough Oakland and a Program Manager for City Year. She holds a Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Community Health from Tufts University.

Grace Jackson

Grace Jackson, Mentor

Prior to joining the Summit Learning Teacher Residency, Grace served as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher for ten years in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, including as a founding staff member and school leader for three schools in the Uplift Education network. Grace holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida.

Emily Richey

Emily Richey, Mentor

Emily taught English at Summit Tahoma for four years prior to joining the residency program faculty. Her favorite memories include having the opportunity to teach AP English Literature to Tahoma’s first graduating class and graduating her own mentees after four years. She earned a Master’s degree in Teaching through MATCH Education in Boston in 2014 as a part of their teacher residency, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and Global Studies from Pacific Lutheran University.


Program Faculty

Pamela Lamcke

Pamela Lamcke, Executive Director

Pam has over 15 years of experience in education as a teacher, school leader, and instructional coach. Since 2014, Pam has successfully led the development of Summit programs that serve as pipelines and preparation into teaching. Pam holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego; a Master’s in Education and a teaching credential from Stanford University; and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and an administrative credential from the University of California, Berkeley.

Laura Henderson

Laura Henderson, Director of Program Growth and Development

Laura joined Summit in 2013, working with both the Talent team and External Affairs prior to joining the residency team. Laura has 15 years of experience in education, human resources, and finance. Laura holds a Master’s of Education Leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from UCLA.

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith, Manager of Recruitment

Kelly Smith joined the Summit Learning Teacher Residency Team in July 2018 as the Recruitment Manager. Prior to Summit, Kelly spent over 10 years in the education industry managing and developing recruitment activities for various organizations and districts throughout Northern California. A Bay Area native, Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.