Ms. Ciarcia believes that growth occurs as a process with continued effort. She began her academic career by earning her high school diploma in Braintree, Massachusetts. After graduation, Ms. Ciarcia made her way to Washington, DC to attend the George Washington University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Geology in 2011.
After a few years of teaching, Ms. Ciarcia returned to school herself, this time earning her master's degree in special education from American University in 2015. Ms. Ciarcia's career growth spurt occurred after witnessing inequity in education in several DC schools. She wanted to improve education and equity practices throughout the District of Columbia. Ms. Ciarcia struggled to understand why different parts of the city were underserved but with determination and grit she worked with her colleagues and other stakeholders to challenge the norms in education. Ms. Ciarcia's path in education has led her to IDEA, where she is excited to continue her work, learn additional skills, and work with a new set of scholars.
Ms. Ciarcia's favorite quote about growth is
"it is never too late to be who you might have been."