Our Team

Directors’ Office

Dr. Elizabeth Farley-Ripple is the Director of the Partnership for Public EducationElizabeth Farley-Ripple, Director

Dr. Elizabeth N. Farley-Ripple is Associate Director of the School of Education and Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Education Policy and has been working in educational research for ten years.  She has expertise in quantitative and mixed methods and applies a variety of methodological tools to research projects, including in regression, multi-level models, social-network analysis, surveys, and content analysis. Her research expertise is in policy analysis and evidence-based decision-making, and recent work includes studies of administrator mobility, school and teachers’ use of data, teacher quality and effects, and equity in student outcomes.

Dr. Farley-Ripple has been awarded grants from the Spencer Foundation and the Institute for Education Sciences and has published research in respected journals such as Educational Researcher, Journal of Educational Administration, Educational Policy, the American Journal of EducationEducational Management, Administration, and Leadership, and Urban Education. She recently discussed her article, “The Development of Capacity for Data Use: The Role of Teacher Networks in an Elementary School,” in an episode of the The Voice on Vialogues.



Ariana Minella, Assistant Director

Ariana Minella is an Assistant Policy Scientist for the Partnership for Public Education at the University of Delaware. She studied education with a focus on educational policy as a undergraduate at Colgate University and then earned her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in urban teaching. For the last three years Ariana has taught middle school and elementary school in both North Philadelphia and the South Bronx. She has extensive experience in lesson and curriculum planning, as well as in differentiating instruction to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with special education needs. Ariana understands the complexities of schooling in high-needs communities and is eager to address those needs through the work of the Partnership for Public Education.

Erin Baugher, Assistant Director

Erin Baugher is an Assistant Director for the Partnership of Public Education at the University of Delaware.  Erin studied secondary education at Millersville University and earned her MA from the University of Delaware in Political Science and International Relations.  Her research expertise is in sociopolitical theory and historiography, and recent work focuses on the promotion of equity in schools.  Erin has taught undergraduate courses in American politics, public policy, and political theory.  Prior to coming to UD, she was the Policy Coordinator for Good Schools Pennsylvania – a grassroots organization seeking to mobilize parents, students and concerned citizens to advocate for improved public education.  Erin is currently completing her doctoral degree in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware.


Carolyn Hammerschmidt, Program Associate

Carolyn Hammerschmidt is a program associate for the Partnership for Public Education.  She earned a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport, a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a Masters in Music Education from The Ohio State University. She is currently working towards her Ed.D. at the University of Delaware and pursuing the development of programs to strengthen community and parent partnerships with public schools.

Carolyn previously served as a public school administrator and public school teacher, and offers expertise in professional development and instructional design for educators. Carolyn volunteers extensively in her local community, and currently serves as the Executive Director of a local organization focused on advocacy for and engagement with local public schools. She also serves on the board of the Avon Grove Education Foundation, and previously served as the president of her local elementary school PTA.