Meet the Principal Fellows making a difference

Drive. Passion. Focus. Leadership. Grit. Those are just a few of the words used to describe the Accelerate Institute Principal Fellows. They’re the leaders who are out there with the right plan to make a dramatic impact in the lives of children.

It’s not easy. Any Principal Fellow will tell you that. But they’ll also tell you that the hard work they put in—tirelessly, day in and out—pays off in the success stories they’re helping create for all of our children.

BALTIMORE

Noell Lugay

Noell Lugay

Coach

Baltimore Public Schools

BATON ROUGE

Cecilia Paz Aguilar

Cecilia Paz Aguilar

Founding Principal

IDEA Bridge College Prep

CHICAGO

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Principal

Major Hector P. Garcia M.D.
High School, An Acero School

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Sarah Hunko Baker

Director of School Support

Fulcrum Education Solutions

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Ashley Goggins

Coach

EL Education

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Victoria Jackson

Principal

Perspectives Middle Academy

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Rita Nolan

Executive Director

The Montessori School of Englewood

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Lindsey Robinson

Associate Managing Director

ReGeneration Schools

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Dawn Sandoval

Executive Director

Catalyst Maria (K-12)

Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe

Kelly Smith

Principal

Soto Academy High School,
An Acero School

COLUMBUS, OH

Ed Ingman

Ed Ingman

Dean

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University

DALLAS

Alieshia Baisy

Alieshia Baisy

Uplift – Luna Preparatory Primary

DENVER

Mika Krause

Mika Krause

Principal

Strive Prep – Sunnyside

DETROIT

Marvin English

Head of School

VentureSchool

LAS VEGAS

Gretchen Larsen Executive Director, Explore Academy (Las Vegas)

Gretchen Larsen

Founding Principal

Explore Academy

Whitney McIntosh Assistant Principal, Mater Academy

Whitney McIntosh

Assistant Principal

Mater Academy

LOS ANGELES

Drew Goltermann Founding Principal, Ednovate – USC East College Prep

Drew Goltermann

Founding Principal

Ednovate – USC East College Prep

Drew Goltermann Founding Principal, Ednovate – USC East College Prep

Rachel Garber

Founding Principal

High Tech LA Middle School

Drew Goltermann Founding Principal, Ednovate – USC East College Prep

Letitia Johnson-Davis

Principal

Baldwin Hills Elementary

Drew Goltermann Founding Principal, Ednovate – USC East College Prep

Anoli Munoz

Founding Principal

Bright Star Schools – Stella Elementary Charter Academy

Ramona Patrick Principal, Citizens of the World Charter School – Silver Lake (Grades 6-8)

Ramona Patrick

Principal

Citizens of the World Charter School – Silver Lake (Grades 6-8)

Eva Wilson Resident Principal, Alliance College – Ready Middle Academy 4

Eva Wilson

Resident Principal

Alliance College – Ready Middle Academy 4

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Becky Godbey

Assistant Principal

El Segundo Unified School District

MEMPHIS

Janai Douglas School Director, Memphis Scholars – Caldwell-Guthrie

Janai Douglas

School Director

Memphis Scholars – Caldwell-Guthrie

Janai Douglas School Director, Memphis Scholars – Caldwell-Guthrie

Whitney Harris

Director of Secondary ELA

University of Arkansas

Janai Douglas School Director, Memphis Scholars – Caldwell-Guthrie

Jennifer Isom

Principal

Aspire Public Schools – Hanley Elementary

Janai Douglas School Director, Memphis Scholars – Caldwell-Guthrie

Rasheedah Jemison

Assistant Principal

 Shelby County Schools

Kimbra McBride Founding Principal, Promise Academy Spring Hill

Kimbra McBride

Founding Principal

Promise Academy Spring Hill

Kimbra McBride Founding Principal, Promise Academy Spring Hill

Grant Monda

Executive Director

Aurora Collegiate Academy

Kimbra McBride Founding Principal, Promise Academy Spring Hill

Amanda Parker

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

Cornerstone—Lester Prep

Kimbra McBride Founding Principal, Promise Academy Spring Hill

Shadell Purefoy

Head of School

Freedom Prep Academy – Whitehaven Elementary

Tonya Randall Math/Science Content Specialist, Aspire Memphis

Tonya Randall

Math/Science Content Specialist

Aspire Memphis

Tonya Randall Math/Science Content Specialist, Aspire Memphis

Kimberly (Rodriguez) Eason

Principal

Middle College High School

Tonya Randall Math/Science Content Specialist, Aspire Memphis

Jerry Sanders

Head of Schools

KIPP Delta

Tonya Randall Math/Science Content Specialist, Aspire Memphis

Kela Small

Principal

Memphis College Prep Elementary School

Jessica Tang Principal, Freedom Prep Academy – Westwood Campus

Jessica Tang

Principal

Freedom Prep Academy – Westwood Campus

Steven Ward Principal, Aspire Public Schools – Hanley Middle School

Steven Ward

Principal

Aspire Public Schools – Hanley Middle School

MILWAUKEE

Aaron Lippman Head of School, Milwaukee Jewish Day School

Aaron Lippman

Head of School

Milwaukee Jewish Day School

Janis Meinke Principal, Carmen High School of Science and Technology – South

Janis Meinke

Principal

Carmen High School of Science and Technology – South

NASHVILLE

Monique Gayles

Monique Gayles

Principal

East End Preparatory Middle School

Jackson Sprayberry Founding Principal, Valor Collegiate High School

Jackson Sprayberry

Founding Principal

Valor Collegiate High School

NEW YORK

Tracy DeOliveira School Director, Ascend Learning

Tracy DeOliveira

School Director

Ascend Learning

Tracy DeOliveira School Director, Ascend Learning

Andrea Dozier

Executive Director

Southampton Youth Association

Tracy DeOliveira School Director, Ascend Learning

T.S. Hoard

Principal

Uncommon Schools – Excellence Boys Charter School

Tracy DeOliveira School Director, Ascend Learning

Desiree Hunter

Managing Director and Principal Consultant

Future Leaders Incubator

NEWARK

Jessica Harrell Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Great Oaks Charter High School

Jessica Harrell

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Great Oaks Charter High School

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

Cody Yocom Founding Principal, Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School

Cody Yocom

Founding Principal

Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School

PHILADELPHIA

Owen Ricciardi Director of Teacher Leadership, Mastery Charter Schools

Owen Ricciardi

Director of Teacher Leadership

Mastery Charter Schools

SAN FRANCISCO

Kris MacDonald Executive Director, The Mission Preparatory School

Kris MacDonald

Executive Director

The Mission Preparatory School

SPRINGFIELD, MI

Tom McPherson Middle School Dean, National Heritage Academies—Endeavor Charter Academy

Tom McPherson

Middle School Dean

National Heritage Academies—Endeavor Charter Academy

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