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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Chelsea Banks-Craigie B.A. and a certificate in American Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. As a Teach for America corps member, Chelsea is currently a middle school science teacher and the high school advisor at Arthur Ashe Charter School, a K-8 transformation school that is a part of the FirstLine Schools network of open admission charter schools in New Orleans. She teaches 5th through 8th grade science, and helps all eighth graders gain admission to high performing high schools in New Orleans. Within the network, she writes science interim tests, helps develop the science curriculum, and is part of the blended learning team. Chelsea was also nominated by her administration to be part of a network-based leadership development program, Leading from the Middle. In addition, she supports Greater New Orleans corps members as a Corps Member Advisor for middle school science, and wrote the eighth grade curriculum and assessments for incoming corps members. Chelsea aspires to lead an organization that creates systemic solutions to problems faced at the many levels of education, whether school, district, state, or national, and to offer excellent educational opportunities for all students.