Our Team

Marisa Chock


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Marisa’s first introduction to the Breakthrough Collaborative was as a teacher at Summerbridge San Francisco in 2006. It was there that Marisa began to develop her commitment to urban education and social justice, and she is excited to return to the Breakthrough community. Originally hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Marisa has spent most of the past decade in Providence. She received a B.A. in Education Studies and an MAT in Secondary History/Social Studies Education from Brown University. Following graduate school, Marisa taught 7th and 8th grade social studies in Central Falls. Marisa also worked at Brown, where she recruited and supported graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Urban Education Policy programs and organized leadership institutes for international teachers and school administrators. As an educator, Marisa works toward developing holistic teaching and learning environments that support both students and teachers as collaborative learners. She continues to be energized by her fellow educators and the empowered young people around her. Outside of Breakthrough, Marisa is an avid photographer, baker, hiker, snacker, and hula dancer.

Carlon Howard


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Carlon is the Co-Director of Breakthrough Providence where he oversees program development, community partnerships, and external communications. He is a social entrepreneur dedicated to exploring innovative ways to solve some of our country’s most pressing problems. He helped found the Fellowship for Educators for Equity and Diversity – an initiative aimed at recruiting and retaining teachers from historically under-served communities – and EduLeaders of Color R.I. which hosts monthly meetups designed to support education leaders from underrepresented backgrounds. Before entering his current role with Breakthrough Providence, Carlon served as a City Year AmeriCorps member and Impact Manager, was a classroom teacher, and was a policy fellow for Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston. He graduated from the University of Georgia with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and political science and completed his graduate degree in education from Rhode Island College. Carlon is an avid reader and lifelong learner who spends much of his time exploring topics related to world history, financial literacy, and management and leadership.