Julia King Pool, Founder & CEO of Burn-In Mindset

  • 2013 DC Teacher of the Year

  • Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award, TFA ‘08 | Gary, Indiana

  • Decade of experience as a teacher and a principal working in traditional public and public - charter schools

  • Faculty, University of Pennsylvania | Master of Applied Positive Psychology program

Julia Pool

Julia is the Founder & CEO of Burn-in Mindset, a consulting company whose mission is to advance the science and practice of educator and student well-being. She is also on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program.

Julia completed her undergraduate degree in International Affairs and French Language & Literature at George Washington, graduating magna cum laude. She completed her Master in Education at Dominican University and her Master in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Advised by Angela Duckworth, PhD and Claire Robertson Kraft, PhD, Julia and Sophia Kokores co-authored a study on the mindsets of exemplar teachers in urban education. Their paper was recognized with distinction by the university and became the inspiration for founding Burn-in Mindset.

Prior to founding Burn-in Mindset, Julia worked in urban education for a decade. She helped to lead the opening of two public-charter schools. She has also been an Instructional Leader for Teach for America’s summer institute and an elementary and middle school teacher in the public and public-charter schools of Los Angeles, Gary, Indiana, and Washington, DC.

Julia has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award from Teach For America, a feature in the book American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom, and a semi-finalist for The Fishman Prize from The New Teacher Project. She is the 2013 DC Teacher of the Year.

She lives in New York City with her husband.

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Sophia Kokores

Sophia is the co-founder of Burn-in Mindset. Sophia completed her undergraduate degree in Communications at University of Southern California. She completed her Master in Education Policy and Administration at Loyola Marymount University and her Master in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Advised by Angela Duckworth, PhD and Claire Robertson Kraft, PhD, Sophia and Julia King Pool co-authored a study on the mindsets of exemplar teachers in urban education. Their paper was recognized with distinction by the university and became the inspiration for founding Burn-in Mindset.

Prior to co-founding Burn-in Mindset, Sophia worked in urban education for a decade. She served as director of an after-school program, initiated school-wide-extra-curricular events, and designed curriculum. She has been an elementary, middle, and high school teacher in the public and public-charter schools of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and at a private school in Ecuador.

Sophia has an extensive background in design thinking, as a Tipping Point fellow, and in curriculum development. She is the Manager of SEL curriculum for all Summit Public Schools, a large network of schools in the Bay Area and Washington State. Sophia focuses on how the social and emotional development of teachers impacts the academic success of students. The curriculum that she is curating and developing is used to train educators on how best to internalize the skills they then teach to students. Summit’s online curriculum will ultimately reach thousands of schools across the nation.

Sophia lives in San Fransisco.