My name is Bridgette Boody, and I am thrilled to join the team at Rodel as a policy associate. As a proud Delaware public school alumna, returning to Delaware is an exciting opportunity for me to work in an area close to my heart and my interests.
After graduating from high school, I left Delaware to attend Penn State. While there, I was involved with a number of organizations on campus, including serving as a Lion Ambassador tour guide and alumni association liaison, as well as working as a resident assistant and telefundraiser for the Office of Development.
When I was in college, I became interested in using policy as a means to help lay the framework for equity and took a number of courses on public policy, constitutional law, and American politics that solidified this view. During my junior year, I participated in a semester-long fellowship that focused on the fundamentals of discovery-based learning teaching pedagogy. The experience culminated in a teaching practicum in Washington, D.C. public schools, which had a profound impact on my post-college career intentions.
I returned to Delaware after finishing college to serve in an AmeriCorps program in partnership with the Reading Assist Institute and Colonial School District. I was placed at Eisenberg Elementary School in New Castle. Every day, I worked one-on-one with Tier 3 students to help them improve their literacy skills. The experience was incredible, and I loved the relationships that I built with my colleagues and my students. At the end of the year, I received my certification from the International Dyslexia Association as a structured literacy/dyslexia interventionist.
Joining the Rodel Foundation is an exciting step for me, and I look forward to supporting the team while bringing my background in teaching to the table. Outside of work, you can find me running the trails of northern Delaware, attending concerts, and exploring various farmers markets for new recipe ideas.