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Elizabeth Hearn

Director of Programs

Elizabeth Hearn serves as a Director of Programs at NCTR. She joined the staff in 2022, and in her role, she supports residencies in NCTR’s Network. Prior to joining the NCTR team, Elizabeth served as the founding director of the CREATE Teacher Residency in Atlanta. The vision of the CREATE program – reflecting Elizabeth’s core values – is to establish “a compassionate, skilled, anti-racist educator for every student”. Since starting the program in 2012, CREATE navigated intense political challenges, secured multiple grants ($26M across 10 years), and developed engaged partnerships with a broad range of advocates. Elizabeth is proud of CREATE’s impacts, including 96% of their Black new teachers remaining in the teaching profession for at least five years. Elizabeth has also served as a science teacher and a researcher studying the neurophysiology of social attachment.


B.A., Psychology, Brown University

M.S., BioPsychology, Brown University

Ed.S., Educational Leadership, Georgia State University


  • Hackett, J., Williams, R., Davis, C., Cross, S.B., Behizadeh, N., & Hearn, E. (2021). Tensions in designing a third space in a justice-oriented teacher residency: toward an authentic collaborative for clinical practice. Peabody Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2020.1864244
  • Cross, S. B., Underwood, M., Hearn, E., Taylor, S., & Parrish, C. (2018). The new teacher residency project: Multiple layers of support and collaboration. In R. Flessner & Dr. R. Lecklider (Eds.), Case Studies of Clinical Preparation in Teacher Education. Association of Teacher Educators.
  • Underwood, M., Hearn, E., Cross, S. B., & Tanguay, C. (2018). The new teacher residency project: Motivation, partnership history, and the residency plan. In R. Flessner & Dr. R. Lecklider (Eds.), Case Studies of Clinical Preparation in Teacher Education. Association of Teacher Educators.
  • Grunze, H., Rainnie, D., Hasselmo, M., Barkai, E., Hearn, E., McCarley, R., & Greene, R. NMDA-dependent modulation of CA1 local circuit inhibition The Journal of Neuroscience. 16: 2034-2043. DOI: 10.1523/Jneurosci.16-06-02034.1996
  • Grunze, H., Hearn, E., Rainnie, D., Berger, M., McCarley, R., & Greene, R. Phencyclidine (PCP) alters excitability in CA1 hippocampal neurons by inhibiting local circuit inhibition and increasing transmembraneous calcium influx European Neuropsychopharmacology. 6. DOI: 10.1016/0924-977X(96)83048-3

Affiliated Organizations

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics – Emory University

Center for Leadership and Educational Equity (formerly the School Reform Initiative)

Transformational Education Leadership