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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Tessa Catlett is a founding fifth grade teacher at KIPP Ascend College Prep, a K-5 campus that serves students on Chicago’s west side. As the Reading Investment Coordinator, she works with the upper elementary team to implement strong balanced literacy instruction and invest students in their own independent reading goals. She also serves on her school’s Community Engagement Committee, which works to find ways that teachers can expand their reach outside the walls of the school building. Prior to her time at KIPP Chicago, Tessa served as a 2011 Teach For America Corps Member in St. Louis. She aspires to start her own school one day and looks forward to the further development of her leadership capabilities as a part of the 2015 SPA cohort.