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Ami Patel Hopkins

Ami Patel Hopkins (Mrs. PH) is currently teaching 7th grade math and science for the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Prior to this, she was the Kindergarten Transition Fellow for SDP. In this role, she worked closely with the early learning team as well as a variety of partner agencies to investigate and create solutions to the infrastructure and operational challenges that hinder successful kindergarten transition. Mrs. PH is also the Founder of Asha Advisors, LLC. Hopkins was also the VP of Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the Philadelphia Education Fund. She spearheaded the Ed Fund’s efforts to ensure excellent teachers in every classroom, driving to enhance the preparation, support, and networking of teachers across the city. Mrs. PH also served as Deputy Education Officer to former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in the Mayor’s Office of Education. She has worked on education reform issues at the national level through the Alliance for Excellent Education, served as an AmeriCorps member in Maryland, has done college access work in a Baltimore high school, and taught first grade in inner-city Miami. Mrs. PH is also an adjunct professor at Drexel University. She is also the Board Chair of YESPhilly. She lives in Northwest Philadelphia with her husband and son and they are involved with local efforts with the neighborhood public schools. She earned her master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in education policy from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

Opinion: My back-to-school challenge for you column

Aug. 25, 2020 3:09 pm

Opinion: My back-to-school challenge for you

"Now is not the time to divide, but come together," says guest columnist Ami Patel Hopkins.
Ami Patel Hopkins: The people you’re serving must have a voice column

Sep. 19, 2016 12:53 pm

Ami Patel Hopkins: The people you’re serving must have a voice

The School District of Philadelphia's kindergarten transition fellow shares what she's learned about education policy through her multifaceted career.