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Get to Know NCSS' New Staff Members

NCSS is pleased to welcome two new to our staff: Ashanté Horton and Jordan Grote! Ashanté is Program Manager, Conference Services and Education succeeding Daniela Jaramillo who left NCSS in the spring to return to Equador. Jordan is Program Manager, External Relations and Council Communications filling the position previously held by Kristen Pekarek who left NCSS to join the staff of ASCD.

Ashanté Horton

A Washingtonian in the truest sense of the word, I was born and raised in D.C. and am a huge Redskins fan, despite their losses. I received an excellent educational foundation from the D.C. public school system before attending Trinity College where I earned a B.A. in English literature, as well as an M.B.A. I’m fortunate to work at NCSS where I can merge my love for education (there’s a strong tradition of teaching on my mother’s side of the family) and meetings by providing you with great conference experiences and excellent professional development opportunities. I look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Ashanté Horton, Program Manager, Conference Services and Education, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 108. E-mail:

Jordan Grote

I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a B.S.B in Marketing in 2011. I love music, TV, and sports; particularly college basketball—Go Gophers!! While in college, I worked at a library, as a teaching assistant and as director of my hometown’s soccer league referees. I moved to the Washington, D.C. area in September 2011, where I was a shift supervisor at Caribou Coffee while considering graduate school before deciding to pursue a job at NCSS. I am excited to contribute to the NCCS effort to raise the profile of social studies at the local, state, and special interest level. I look forward to working with all of you, and will see you in Seattle!

Jordan Grote, Program Manager, External Relations and Council
Communications, can be reached at 301-588-1800 ext. 107. E-mail:

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