Lagra Newman, Head of School (Ex-Officio)

Lagra Newman, Founder and Head of School, has a proven track record of transformative academic outcomes for students in district and charter schools. A Teach For America corps member in Los Angeles, she also served as Recruitment Director for TFA’s Atlanta Region. As a charter leader in Washington, DC, Ms. Newman is the recipient of the Transformer Award as the highest performing teacher in her charter network of over 400 teachers, which marked student academic gains of over two years and the highest percentage of students meeting and exceeding grade level benchmarks. After Ms. Newman served as Director of Instruction, her school was recognized for achieving the highest percentage of student achievement results within her charter network of 13 schools and for being within the top five charter schools in Washington, DC for academic growth on state assessments. Presently, Ms. Newman is a Fellow with the highly selective Building Excellent Schools. Ms. Newman earned a BA at Vanderbilt University and MA in Teaching at Loyola Marymount University, and is completing an M.Ed in Public School Leadership from Teachers College of Columbia University.