April Bo Wang believes in the power of storytelling to create change.
April began her career in education as an eleventh grade English teacher in the Arkansas Delta, where she got to rediscover all her favorite writers (Richard Wright! William Faulkner! Flannery O’Connor!) through the eyes of her students.
In the course of teaching, she learned that access to the written word is critical because it gives people voice, creates dialogue, and connects communities. Since then, April has worked in schools, districts, and nonprofits to increase literacy in wonderful places like rural Arkansas, Mississippi, Bulgaria, and New Mexico.
Now at WGBH, the largest producer and contributor of educational media to PBS, April works on educational strategy and concept development. In this capacity, she is dedicated to diversifying the portfolio of educational media that WGBH offers kids and families—in terms of who is designing curriculum, whose stories are told, and whose faces are shown on the screen.
April is a proud graduate of Sycamore Public Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard College and a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.