Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Kendall Chester has lived and worked in the Phoenix area since she was 15 years old. Mrs. Chester has worked in the field of special education since 2008. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology, Mrs. Chester became a Teach for America corps member, serving as a 5th and 6th grade special education teacher in the Roosevelt School District. During this experience, she learned first hand the challenges students and school systems faced in educating children that learn differently. It was also during this time that Mrs. Chester completed her Masters’ degree in Special Education at Arizona State University. Following her corps commitment, Mrs. Chester joined Teach for America-Phoenix staff as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development. This position gave her the chance to follow her passion for improving the opportunities and quality of instructors that exist for students with learning differences.
Mrs. Chester currently serves as the Director of Development for New Way Academy. Through this role, she has the unique opportunity to work with both New Way families and the broader community to raise the funds necessary to provide additional opportunities for students and build awareness about learning differences. In her free time, Mrs. Chester enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and two children, Bradley and Harper. She also enjoys a good book, a strong cup of coffee, and anything chocolate.