Brenda J. Santos

Councilor, Teaching

Brenda J. Santos is the director of the Secondary History Program at Achievement First public charter schools.  Before taking this position, Santos taught high school history in New York City public schools and at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven, CT, where she earned National Board certification. She also served as an instructional coach and academic dean at Amistad High. In her current position, Santos leads history curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for Achievement First’s 13 middle and 5 high schools in Connecticut and New York.

Outside of her work at Achievement First, Santos has taught undergraduates at Yale and student teachers at Southern Connecticut State University and served on the AP US History Test Development Committee from 2010 to 2013. She is currently the co-chair of the College Board’s Pre-AP Social Studies Committee and serves on the Social Science Academic Advisory Council. In January 2015, she began her term on the Council with the Teaching Division. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of The History Teacher. On the Council, Santos works to expand AHA engagement with issues in K–12 history education. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two little boys.