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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Wil Ko is a special education teacher at East River Academy, an alternative high school located within New York City’s Rikers Island jails serving incarcerated students over the age of 16. As the special education coordinator, Wil facilitates the process of delivering individualized instructions for students with special needs. He also serves on the school leadership team, and has led a team of teachers in designing and implementing a groundbreaking multidisciplinary project-based curriculum. Wil received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 2003, and a M.S.Ed. at City College of New York after joining the New York City Teaching Fellows in 2008. Prior to a career in education, Wil was an independent filmmaker and has founded a renowned restaurant as well as a weekly print publication where he served as editor-in-chief. He aspires to channel his creative entrepreneurial spirit into urban education to effect reform that is both unyielding and sustainable. Selected as a New York City Department of Education Aspiring Leaders Fellow, Wil looks forward to working with his esteemed professors, coaches, and colleagues at Summer Principals Academy to prepare for his transition into school leadership in 2013.