Rich joined Uplift Education in the summer of 2011 to lead the Teaching and Learning Team after 4 years serving as the founding Middle School Director for the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), the highest performing school in terms of student achievement and growth in Denver Public Schools. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Rich taught middle and high school English in New York City for 5 years and in Denver for 2 years. In his first school leadership role, Rich served as a principal and English teacher for KIPP: Cole College Prep – the first conversion charter school in the nation. He brings a wealth of experience around school start up, leadership transformation, organizational culture, and systems around instruction, assessment and curriculum, and looks to continue his learning and leadership at Uplift.
Current Position: Campus Director, Pinnacle Preparatory
Previous Position: Director of Instruction, Lighthouse Academies
Education: Master's: Educational Administration and Policy (University of Michigan)
Bachelor's: Plan II Honors (University of Texas)
Favorite Quote: We have an obligation to make a simple, but powerful commitment to our children. We must promise them that the opportunity to pursue their dreams will be constrained only by the limits of their imagination, and never by their zip code. And I believe deeply, with every fiber of my being, that, as a nation, we can fulfill this obligation. I believe this because I have found that the achievement gap is ultimately vulnerable to the greatness inherent in all children and to the power of talented, hard-working adults of vision. - Jason Kamras