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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Jessica Knudson is the founding instructional coach and intervention teacher at Sunset Park Avenues Elementary, a small public school that opened in September 2013 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn- a community with a high percentage of ELLs. In this role she has helped lead a team of teachers in establishing curriculums, structures, and routines for the school from the ground up. She began her teaching career as a NYC Teaching Fellow and previously taught as a special education teacher in a 1st grade ICT classroom. She looks forward to continuing to grow as an educator and leader alongside like-minded individuals within her SPA cohort. She believes the Summer Principals Academy’s commitment to creating leaders who help overcome the gap in educational access and achievement will allow her to acquire the skills she needs to be an educational leader prepared to meet the needs of her students, teachers, and school community.