Our Founder

I come to school leadership with a decade of experience in public schools, and a lifelong love of children, ideas and learning. For the past nine years, I have served variously as a teacher, advisor, service and college coordinator, and Professional Development Director at Humanities Preparatory Academy, which was chosen by the Gates Foundation as a National Mentor School of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and in 2010 achieved a 95% four-year graduation rate.

I grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature magna cum laude. I researched and wrote the travel guidebooks Let’s Go: Europe and Let’s Go: Roadtrip USA, as well as serving as a research-writer on a book about the history of women entrepreneurs Enterprising Women. I have lived and worked in India, France and in 2007 was a Yale University Fulbright-Hays Scholar to Ghana, West Africa. I have given presentations on instituting the Common Core, designing theme-based courses, teaching about Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, and instituting Fairness, a panel for restorative justice, at professional conferences in New York and across the country. I hold a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development, with a focus on Peace Education. I am passionate about bringing these experiences to bear in a shared commitment to educate the diverse students of our city and to provide them with the powerful learning structures and opportunities they deserve to succeed.

~Kate Burch

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