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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Keisha D. Sykes
Keisha D. Sykes , B.A. in Child Psychology, Rutgers University; M.A. Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University. Keisha's interest in the field of urban education was sparked early in life as she became aware of the stark contrast between the education she received in the suburban school she was bussed to each day versus the education her siblings received in the urban neighborhood where she lived. Knowing that her success in life was a direct result of the superior education she received in the Los Angeles Unified School District's gifted and talented education program (GATE), Keisha vowed to create the same opportunities for urban students. Keisha began her education career as a K-5 elementary school teacher in New Jersey, where she taught for 5 years in a high needs urban school district. She then became interested in the charter school movement and taught at several charter schools in Brooklyn, NY before joining the founding team of Brooklyn Ascend Charter School. Keisha currently serves as School Director of Brooklyn Ascend Charter School, a K-12 school in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn.