Aryana Bolourian
Associate

Aryana is an associate on the Outstanding Educators team, where she conducts research and policy analysis on educator diversity, preparation and development.

A former math teacher, Aryana draws on her classroom teaching experience. She is an advocate for educational equity and strives to improve opportunities for BIPOC and marginalized youth. Her passion for education began in high school, when Aryana started tutoring, and intensified as an undergraduate when she served as a Bonner Leader and managed the Chapel Hill Teen Center’s programming. Prior to teaching full-time, Aryana taught with Breakthrough Collaborative in Cambridge, MA and worked with underserved preschoolers in Santiago, Chile. At the Rhode Island Department of Education, Aryana reviewed district applications for Career & Technical Education funding.

Comparing her high-quality public educational experiences with those of her marginalized students, Aryana recognized that systemic racism prevents underserved youth from accessing high-quality education services. Aware that excellent public education exists, Aryana strives for equitable access for all students.

Aryana earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Education from Rhode Island College. Outside the office, Aryana enjoys writing and performing original music and exploring new restaurants.

Aryana's Expertise

  • Teaching and Learning Strategy
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Policy Analysis & Development
  • Planning & Problem Solving for Successful Implementation

Aryana's Civic Affiliations

  • Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Teach for America

Aryana likes


  • Performing Original Songs

  • Exploring Spain & Meeting Family