David Hardy Jr.

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Current Role: Chief Executive Officer, Lorain City Schools

Fellowship Role: Chief of Academic Support, School District of Philadelphia

Pre-Fellowship Role: Executive Director of Regional Achievement, New Jersey Department of Education

Teach For America Alumni: Miami-Dade 2003

David Hardy Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer for Lorain City Schools in Lorain, OH. As part of the Fellowship, David was the Chief of Academic Supports for the School District of Philadelphia. Previously, David served as the Executive Director of Regional Achievement for the New Jersey State Department of Education, where he led the Regional Achievement Center that is responsible for the support and turnaround of 26 of the lowest performing schools in the state of the New Jersey. Prior to this role, David was the founding Principal at Achievement First East New York Middle School and a Principal-In-Residence and Dean of Students at Achievement First Bushwick Middle School. Before working with Achievement First, David began his search for educational equality in 2003 as a Teach For America corps member in Miami-Dade County. He has been honored as a Sue Lehmann Regional Finalist, a Rookie Teacher of the Year nominee, and the 2007-08 Teacher of the Year at Madison Middle School.

David holds a B.A. in economics from Colgate University, an M.S. in Education Administration from St. Thomas University, and an M.S. in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and he is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Urban Education Leadership from Teachers College.