Head of School and Founder
Head of School & Founder
Jessica Nauiokas has nearly two decades of urban teaching and leadership experience and a strong background in literacy and cognitive development. She has dedicated her career to closing the achievement gap for our nation’s most vulnerable children. In 2015, Nauiokas was selected by the US Department of Education to serve as a Principal Ambassador Fellow, giving counsel and opinion to the US Secretary of Education. Prior to her appointment to Principal, she was the Director of School Development at the NYC Center for Charter School Excellence. Her school leadership work began in 2003, when Nauiokas was a New Leaders for New Schools Fellowship Recipient. Nauiokas was also an Adjunct Professor for NYC Teaching Fellows, where she taught graduate level courses preparing new teachers for entry into the classroom. She began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Washington DC where she was a first grade teacher at Malcolm X Elementary School and then a Reading Specialist.
Nauiokas has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology in addition to a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, she completed a master’s in School Administration and holds a School District Administrator’s license in New York.