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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Paul Whyte

Paul A. Whyte is currently the Principal of New Beginnings Family Academy, a public K-8 charter school, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Mr. Whyte transitioned to the role of school leader in 2008. As principal, he has focused on building a culture of achievement and high expectations for students and staff. Under his leadership, NBFA scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test have improved dramatically, with NBFA achieving the most improvement among middle schools in the state. 

 Prior to serving as the principal, Mr. Whyte oversaw the development of formative assessments, data driven decision-making processes and a new teacher evaluation program. He raised over $1.1 million in grants for NBFA.

 Earlier in his career, Mr. Whyte taught mathematics and ran a college readiness program at Park East High School in New York City. Besides traditional settings, Mr. Whyte has also focused on bringing sound educational practice to non-traditional education settings such as afterschool and summer programs. As an Echoing Green Fellow, Mr. Whyte created Young Voices Initiative, a comprehensive education and athletics program for 200 teenagers in New Haven, CT. YVI was based on two years of field research. He has been a New York Council of Urban Professionals (NYCUP) Fellow. NYCUP prepares emerging change agents to become powerful civic and public sector leaders. 

 Mr. Whyte holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale University and a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy (APSP) from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Intermediate Administration and Supervision Certificate from Sacred Heart University.