A Message From Our Board Chair
Dear potential applicants,
The Board has launched a search for Kindezi’s next Executive Director in partnership with The K-12 Search Group, a national executive search firm that specializes in identifying and placing outstanding talent in key roles in school systems and non-profit organizations. The K-12 Search Group has spent time getting to know our community, and we believe they understand Kindezi’s vision, opportunities and challenges in order to best position them to help us identify a leader with the values, skills, and experiences needed for this next chapter.
We are excited about what’s ahead for Kindezi and our students, and we look forward to building our schools’ future with a new executive director. If you think this might be the right opportunity for you, we encourage you to review the role requirements above and consider applying.
A Message from Our Founder and Outgoing Executive Director
Greetings, potential applicants.
Earlier this year, I announced my intention to step down from my role as Executive Director of The Kindezi Schools at the end of this school year.
It is hard to believe that this year marks a decade since the first Kindezi school opened. After years of dreaming and working to make a public school with small, family-sized classes a reality, a dedicated group of educators and I made this dream come true on the Westside of Atlanta in 2010. We quickly saw how small classes where teachers could effectively differentiate to meet all students’ needs made a huge difference in test scores and also in the socio-emotional well-being of our kids.
The strong reputation Kindezi built in those first five years allowed us to expand quickly to Kindezi Old Fourth Ward in 2015, and by adding grades to each school. Most recently, we expanded our reach to include Gideons Elementary in 2017, which is already seeing impressive results.
What began as one school of 96 students is now a network of three schools and 1,200 students. As is true with anything new and worthwhile, there were many challenges along the way and we learned a lot. Even as I see opportunities for continued growth and improvement, I am proud of what we have built over the past ten years.
I am very pleased with the wonderful community Kindezi has become and excited to see what lies ahead. Moreover, I am optimistic about Kindezi’s future and excited to find a new executive director who believes in our mission and has a strong track record of successful leadership experience.
I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition for Kindezi’s new leader and will remain closely involved with Kindezi’s Board of Directors in their nationwide search for a new Executive Director. We are also asking the Kindezi community to to provide input throughout the process.
If you are interested in investing in the Kindezi vision, we look forward to talking with you about building towards the dream of Atlanta’s Beloved Community.