I am the product of public education and as a first-generation American, I was raised to believe in the power of public education and the opportunities it provides.
My very first experiences and memories in public school were not always positive — my Nigerian culture and language were devalued. But a few great teachers turned it around for me, creating a sense of community and allowing me to be myself.
This motivated me to pursue a career in education, one that drove me towards earning my bachelor’s, law degree and master’s in educational leadership. After more than a decade of working in education, I can say with certainty that my life’s work is to close opportunity gaps and ensure equitable outcomes for all students.
Today, I’m extremely fortunate to serve as the CEO at KIPP Colorado Public Schools and to be the first Black CMO (Charter Management Organization) leader in the state of Colorado.
I’ve been in this role for two years, and this year, I’m grateful to be a part of a truly special celebration: the 20th anniversary of KIPP’s first public charter school in Denver.
Why did I choose to lead KIPP Colorado, despite my lived experience in public schools?
Read more from Tomi Amos, CEO of KIPP Colorado Public Schools in Boardhawk.