The Board of Directors of the Carlston Family Foundation (“CFF”) is very pleased to announce the hiring of Beverly Young, Ph.D., as the Executive Director of the Foundation effective September 1, 2021. Dr. Young will be replacing our Executive Director, Tim Allen, who is retiring after fourteen years of dedicated service to the Foundation. The Foundation identifies, honors, supports, and gives voice to outstanding California public high school teachers whose dedication and pedagogical excellence contribute to the academic and social/emotional success of their students, especially those whose economic, familial, or social circumstances might otherwise hinder such success.
Dr. Young comes to the Carlston Family Foundation with many years of experience, beginning as an elementary classroom teacher in the Banning and Anaheim City School Districts before advancing to the University of California, Riverside as a supervisor of the California New Teacher Project, as well as a supervisor and lecturer in Teacher Education. Dr. Young also taught at UCLA before she started at the California State University, Fullerton as an Associate Professor in the College of Education. In 1997, Dr. Young moved to the California State University Chancellor’s Office where she served in statewide administration, eventually as the Systemwide Assistant Vice Chancellor in Academic Affairs.
In addition, Dr. Young has served as the Chair of the WestEd Regional Educational Laboratory Board of Directors, a Commissioner on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Chair of the Far West Regional Laboratories Board of Directors, an invited member for the University of Michigan Advisory Board for Teaching Works, and as an Advisory Board Member of edTPA at Stanford University.
Dr. Young received her A.B. in English and Liberal Studies, her M.A. in the Diagnosis and Improvement of Reading, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, all from the University of California, Riverside.
As the new Executive Director, Dr. Young’s responsibilities will include the search for nominees for the Annual Outstanding Teachers of America Award, and hosting the annual Awards Ceremony and Educational Symposium, the continued expansion of the Teacher Leadership Academy, (which is designed to reduce the attrition rate of early career teachers in California), working closely with the State’s teacher preparation programs, and leading the Foundation through its transition from a private family foundation to a public charity.
CFF Board Chair, Kathy Williams, commented, “We are elated to have Dr. Young bring her extensive experience in education to lead the Foundation into the next phase of our growth, and help us explore ways to improve the quality of classroom education and teacher preparation programs, increase the retention of early career teachers, and continue to identify California’s most effective high school teachers who serve in State’s high need Title I schools. “
Please join us in extending a heartfelt welcome to Dr. Beverly Young, as she begins her new journey as the Executive Director of the Carlston Family Foundation.