Californian sole choice to lead KIPP Houston

Nov 6, 2011 by



Sehba Ali, currently chief academic officer for KIPP Bay Area Schools, has been named the sole finalist for the KIPP Houston superintendency. If the charter school’s board approves and Ali accepts, she would take over day-to-day operations of the Houston chain from KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg.

Ali began her career as an English teacher at McReynolds Middle School in the Houston Independent School District through Teach For America.

She also taught at YES Prep before moving to California, where in 2004 she opened KIPP Heartwood Academy in San Jose.

Ali received her B.A. in English and psychology from UC Berkeley, earned a master’s from Stanford University, and was the Fisher Fellow in the KIPP School Leadership Program in 2003.

The KIPP board is expected to vote on the position in December. Ali, who is currently on maternity leave, would start in Houston in July.

To date, Feinberg, who co-founded KIPP in Houston in 1994, has been the only superintendent of the Houston schools, which now serve about 7,800 students.

He has said he plans to turn his attention full-time to advocacy and fundraising to complete KIPP’s current expansion plan.

“I’m not going anywhere, but we need to divide and conquer,” Feinberg said at his recent State of the Schools address.

The Knowledge is Power Program currently includes 109 schools across the country and expects to expand to 200 schools that serve 55,000 students by 2015.

“No region is growing as aggressively” as Houston, Feinberg said.

via Californian sole choice to lead KIPP Houston – Houston Chronicle.

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