April has over 23 years of experience in education, including 16 years at KIPP where she leads the high-quality performance, strategic growth, and operational sustainability of KIPP schools in Chicago. Under her vision and guidance, KIPP Chicago and its staff have received numerous accolades, including being recognized as the Chicago Public Schools highest performing school network for multiple years.
During her tenure, April has also transformed KIPP Chicago into a highly impactful organization addressing the fundamental needs of students and communities beyond the classroom. She has developed and launched the Whole Child Initiative, Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice, and the McNair Fellowship, re-envisioning the role of public education in community revitalization.
She began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Washington D.C., for which she received the Cartier Award for Excellence in teaching and community involvement. She has served as both a teacher and principal in KIPP.
As the first in her family to graduate college, April has experienced firsthand education’s transformative power. April received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and History from Indiana University and her master’s degree in Teaching, Early Childhood Education from Trinity College. She currently serves as a leadership coach for the KIPP Foundation and a former board member of the James W Foley Legacy Foundation.