Chau Ngo currently works at a nonprofit organization, called Breakthrough Manchester. She has been involved with Breakthrough Manchester since 2006 as a student, Teaching Intern, Teaching Fellow, and now, Assistant Director. There, she oversees the operations and programming serving 100 middle school students and 24 young teachers. Her work focuses on putting Manchester public school students, with limited opportunities, on the path to college through Breakthrough's year-round robust program. Her personal identity and experience with the program played a significant role in shaping who she is, the work that she does, and her professional goals: to cultivate an environment where students are given equal opportunity in education, and are able to celebrate their background and experiences.
Working at Breakthrough has afforded her the opportunity to better understand the significance of education equity and she is honored to contribute to this work. Recently this year, Chau returned from a U.S. Fulbright Grant in Vietnam. During her 10 months abroad, she had the privilege to explore her family roots and heritage, and teach high school students at Huynh Man Dat High School. She also had the opportunity to serve as a cultural ambassador organizing a citywide fair and academic events, and hosting workshops and lectures at schools and the U.S. Consulate in Vietnam.
With a degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Chau focuses a great deal on community and also, the Arts. She has spent some time teaching in various elementary and high schools in MA and NH schools, including Boston Arts Academy, and working in museums, including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.