“Argosy prepared me for my career in multiple ways. Through the rigorous program, I learned how much hard work, discipline and persistence pays off.”
Provides Support Outside of School for Students and Families
Danielle Stewart is an entrepreneur and the founder of In School Spirit and Community Empowerment Foundation. She designs and creates strategies that provide support to students and families beyond school walls. Stewart’s platforms promote both community building and accountability through surveys, assessments, quantitative and qualitative research, curriculum design, and educational training.
Her path to this career was non-traditional—though she always knew she’d work her way up to become an entrepreneur. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Hofstra University and worked in television production until she decided to pursue an MBA at University of Phoenix. She then began working toward a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Argosy University, Atlanta. She completed the degree in 2014.
“I sought out the opportunity to create a position that would allow me to utilize all of my skills, experiences and credentials. Immediately after my final dissertation defense, I continued conducting research and creating programs, resources, and tools through my educational consulting business In School Spirit.”
Soon afterward, Steward launched the nonprofit Community Empowerment Foundation. The organization connected and provided educational support to communities in need. “Our efforts continue to thrive through our various platforms, including the launch of College Prep & Connect Clinic. We also developed national Education Advocacy Awareness month,” she said. “The core values of all of our programs are to educate, advocate, and empower.”
Stewart chose to attend Argosy University because of the campus’s convenient location and course schedule. “Argosy prepared me for my career in multiple ways. Through the rigorous program, I learned how much hard work, discipline, and persistence pays off.” She also bonded with her fellow classmates and instructors—individuals whose life experiences and wisdom helped to shape her time as a student.
“My former professors and colleagues continue to support my work and we have constant communication with one another. It was such an amazing feeling when I was no longer a student but I was recognized by my former professors and colleagues as ‘Doctor.’ Those relationships are what I treasure the most.”
Stewart adds that working toward her doctorate showed her that while her career background wasn’t in education, there was a space for her unique skills, perspective, and talents.
In her current role, Stewart is proud of to have secured multiple grants, partnerships, and the continuation of national Education Advocacy Awareness month. “Through our College Prep & Connect Clinic program, we have received a 100% success rate for those who have taken advantage of our services.”
Her professional involvements include:
- Serving on several boards including Hofstra University's Black and Hispanic Alumni Association, Police Athletic League, Lillie's Foundation, Paideia Alumni Council, and Police Athletic League Taking Our Lives Back (P.A.L.T.O.L.B.).
- Member of educational fellowships: 4.0 schools Essentials, Tiny 4.0 Schools and 50CAN
- Serving as an educational consultant for Beulah's Rising Stars Gavel Club
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