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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Mia Arakaki

B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Studies, Yale University. Mia began her career over six years ago as a 2005 Teach for America corps member in Greater New Orleans. After teaching 7th and 8th grade special education math at Ralph J. Bunche Middle School in Jefferson Parish for one week, Hurricane Katrina forced her to evacuate New Orleans and move to Texas. Following a few weeks of uncertainty, Mia moved to Houston and helped found New Orleans West (N.O.W.) College Prep, a KIPP Transformation charter school for New Orleans students displaced by Katrina. At N.O.W., she taught an amazing and resilient group of kindergarteners. After the school year, Mia moved back to New Orleans and taught 8th grade algebra for the next three years at Riverdale Middle School in Jefferson Parish. She is currently a Program Director with Teach for America where she supports first- and second-year teachers and their students at various schools throughout Greater New Orleans. Mia aspires to facilitate lasting positive change for students and their communities through the power of education and hopes to inspire and challenge others to do the same.