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coaching modelStanford ConnectED engages our students and alumni in lifelong career exploration. We cultivate talent for the field of education by guiding students and alumni through a conceptual coaching model and facilitating connections among students, alumni, faculty, and education employers. 

We understand that our students and alums are not merely looking for a job, but are seeking a career in education. During their time at Stanford, we evolve their thinking by familiarizing them with:

  • Employers and career paths in education through our Stanford EdCareers Portal
  • Conversations and group discussions
  • Industry panels
  • Workshops

We look forward to engaging you and continuing to build a vibrant and robust Stanford EdCareers community. Reach the entire team by emailing

Professional Staff

Nereyda Salinas

Nereyda Salinas, Executive Director
EDUC 111
(650) 721-9342
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Nereyda founded the EdCareers team in 2012. She is an innovative, education entrepreneur who enjoys building organizations and units that help individuals realize their full potential, especially those committed to high-quality, accessible learning. As Executive Director of EdCareers, Nereyda leads the team's strategic thinking in the areas of career education and professional development. She works collaboratively with colleagues on and off campus to help GSE students, alumni and affiliated educators have thriving and impactful education careers. Prior to EdCareers, Nereyda directed the POLS and MA/MBA programs, worked in MBA admissions, and participated in K-12 social enterprises.  She received her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA from Stanford with Honors in Education. Nereyda enjoys building bridges across organizations, industries and sectors and traces this love back to when she was a four-year old translator on cross country U.S. trips for her Spanish-speaking grandparents.

Alanna Simao

Alanna Simao, Administrative & Outreach Associate
Barnum 138
(650) 723-2832
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Alanna joined the EdCareers team in October 2018. She provides administrative support for EdCareers programs and events and coordinates outreach to employers and students. Alanna graduated from Stanford in 2017 with a B.A. in Classics and a minor in Art History. After participating in internships at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts as an undergraduate, Alanna knew that she wanted to pursue a career in Education. She worked briefly as a High School tutor before joining the GSE. Alanna has always loved learning and attributes this to elementary school field trips to her local museum.

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Student Liaisons

This is a great opportunity for current students to get involved at the GSE for a few hours each quarter and experience a unique leadership opportunity to help yourself and your peers develop professionally. The ConnectED Liaisons are appointed for one academic year do the following:

  • Promote events to students
  • Act as survey promoters for the EdCareers Annual Graduation Report
  • Serve as LinkedIn influencers (posting/starting discussions in the EdCareers LinkedIn group once a month or more)
  • Help recruit employers for events
  • Meet with the EdCareers team quarterly providing feedback and brainstorming ideas

Applications are generally accepted at the end of the first week of Fall Quarter. Students with questions about ConnectED Liaisons are encouraged to contact EdCareers staff at

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