Eliza Eaton is from Indianapolis, Indiana and was educated at the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. After leaving university, she joined Teach For America, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to ending the achievement gap that places high-achieving college graduates into high-need schools. She taught sixth and seventh grade reading intervention, working with students whose literacy skills were drastically below grade-level.
A violist since the age of 11, Ms. Eaton is an alum of New World Youth Symphony Orchestra and has performed twice at Carnegie Hall. She is quick to stress the importance of music in keeping kids engaged with their education and focused on their goals. “I would be a very different person if it weren’t for my years in orchestra,” she says. “Music has the power to bring out the good in people in a remarkable way. It changes lives.”