Aja Settles is an elementary principal at North Star Academy – West Side Park campus in Newark, NJ. North Star Academy is a public charter school that is part of the Uncommon Schools Network. Aja has served as a founding lead teacher, instructional leader and instructional fellow during her time at North Star Academy. Aja received a B.A. from Temple University in 2004 and is certified as a Literacy Coordinator through Lesley University. Aja also helped create and revise the K-4 Reading Guide (to be published in Fall 2012), which included multiple resources and videos collected from across the Uncommon Schools Network. Aja is looking forward working with passionate and visionary leaders as a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort.