Zoe Masters joined the Philadelphia office of the Education Law Center in 2022 as an Equal Justice Works fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Her fellowship project aims to ensure meaningful access to high-quality education for young people and families who are navigating alternative and nontraditional school pathways in greater Philadelphia, including short-term disciplinary placements and accelerated credit recovery programs. She will represent students and families, leverage community partnerships and legal research to raise awareness and hold these schools accountable for their role in the pushout crisis, and support young people in advocating for alternative and nontraditional schools that better serve their needs.
Zoe graduated from Yale Law School in 2022. During law school, she published an article about education justice, participated in a discussion group with men incarcerated in Green Haven Correctional Facility, and helped to build community in Yale’s chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild. As a student director of the Housing Clinic, she worked on an innovative civil rights lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act that fought to challenge segregation and improve opportunities for people using Section 8 vouchers. She also interned with Peer Defense Project at IntegrateNYC, where she helped translate legal information about the New York City school system into an accessible format that young people could use in advocating for political power.
Before law school, Zoe was an educator for six years, primarily teaching high school physics at Community Charter School of Cambridge in Cambridge, MA. While teaching she earned a Master’s Degree in Effective Teaching, engaged in extensive professional development as a Knowles Science Teaching Fellow, and co-founded Boston Educators for Equity, a group that connected educators from charter, district and private schools to work together for a more equitable education system.