Executive Director, Maryland
Andre is a Cohort 6 New Leader from Chicago. He earned a master’s degree in teaching in 2003 as a member of the first residency class of the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). After first achieving success in the military and business he arrived at his education career, something he says he “always knew he’d do one day.” After serving as a Captain the United States Army during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Andre worked as a production manager in Chicago with Masterfoods USA. He became frustrated with the lack of basic skills he encountered among job candidates he interviewed, and began to wonder about the state of public education in Chicago. Just three months after seeing a local newspaper ad for the AUSL urban teacher residency program, he signed up and was on his way to becoming a teacher. Over the next many years, Andre worked as a teacher, dean and most recently, as principal of Collins Academy High School. Andre began his role as Executive Director of New Leaders, Maryland in 2012.
Executive Director, Chicago
Before joining New Leaders in 2008, Maggie was a strong advocate, partner, and supporter of the program. Maggie began her association with New Leaders in 2003 while working for The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) on their principal investment portfolio. Her work with The Fund included assisting in the creation of the Office of Principal Preparation and Development (OPPD), which was charged with designing and implementing a district-wide strategy to prepare, develop and support outstanding principal leaders. In 2005, Maggie joined OPPD as Deputy Chief Officer. Prior to her work at Chicago Public Schools and The Fund, Maggie was a corporate attorney at Sidley & Austin, focusing mainly on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. Maggie was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she worked with corporate management teams to plan and implement strategies for achieving a superior competitive position. Maggie earned her law degree cum laude from the University of Chicago and graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Champaign with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Commerce.
Millard House, II
Executive Director, Charlotte
Millard House is a Tulsa, Oklahoma, native with nearly 18 years of educational experience. Before serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, he served as a deputy superintendent, associate superintendent and area superintendent with The Tulsa Public Schools. Prior to being named as a member of the executive cabinet with TPS, he founded and led a college preparatory middle school called KIPP Tulsa College Prep. Over the course of four short years, KIPP Tulsa became one of the brightest stars and most sought-after schools in Tulsa. Before KIPP, he served as assistant principal for one year and principal for four years at Marian Anderson Elementary School in Tulsa. During House’s tenure, Anderson went from being designated one of the lowest performing schools in Oklahoma to being one of the highest performing Title I schools in the state. In 2003, House was voted Tulsa Public Schools Principal of the Year, the first African American to earn this honor. He was also named the Outstanding Administrator of the year by the Tulsa Area Alliance of Black School Educators.
Executive Director, Washington, D.C.
David Pinder, a Cohort 6 New Leader, is an educational reformer whose career has been marked by success in empowering educators and students, developing high performing professional learning communities and implementing strategies that drive incredible student achievement gains. As principal of McKinley Technology High School from 2007-2013, David led a team of educators that moved student achievement to significant growth. Under his leadership, McKinley students advanced more than 30% in proficiency in math and 20% in reading. In 2012, McKinley reached the coveted 90/90 status: 91% of students scored proficient in reading and 92% scored proficient in math. The achievement gap has also been closed with students who are economically disadvantaged scoring at or higher than their counterparts. This accomplishment was highlighted by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who awarded McKinley the National Blue Ribbon in 2012; the only school in DCPS to receive the award that year. David was also awarded the 2012 DCPS Principal of the Year.
David began his role as Executive Director of New Leaders, DC in July of 2013 to attract, train and support the next great leaders in education. David is committed—with his team—to building a broad coalition that brings together key constituents (district, charter and other school partners), and other education advocates, government, business, and community leaders to work together to impact policies, structures, and practices in the service of increasing student achievement for every student in the district!
Executive Director, Memphis
Tim Ware is passionate about serving at-risk youth and their families. Tim began his career in 1998 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Brookside United Methodist Church and then on to St Vincent Hospital. His work in Indianapolis brought him two prestigious distinctions. In 2002, Tim received the Chairman’s Award from the Indiana Black Expo and Indiana Sports Corporation for exemplary dedication in direct service to youth. In 2004, he received the Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders which recognizes outstanding leadership in social entrepreneurship in the State of Indiana.
In 2006, Tim joined Teach For America – Memphis, where he started as a junior high school history teacher. Tim’s leadership abilities were recognized and he was asked to serve as a Teacher on Special Assignment, functioning in the capacity of Assistant Principal in just his second year. In 2008, Tim was granted a position in the nationally recognized and highly selective Building Excellent Schools 2008 Fellowship.
In 2010, Tim opened Veritas College Preparatory Charter School, a grade five through eight college preparatory middle school serving the students of Memphis. Since its opening, Veritas College Prep has earned many distinctions including recognition by the State Department of Education for being in the top 5% of all schools in the state for student growth by year two of operations. Tim joined New Leaders in the July of 2013. He is compelled by the organization’s scale of work and fit with his belief that equal access to quality education guarantees the promises embodied in the American Dream. Tim is a graduate of Cedarville University.
Executive Director, Bay Area
Kareem Weaver, a Cohort 9 New Leader, has a deep, impactful background in education, with nearly 16 years of teaching and leadership in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). In 2010, he became principal of Lazear Elementary and drove dramatic student achievement during his tenure. In his first year as principal, Lazear accomplished double-digit proficiency gains in math, nearly seven times the district average. Morehouse College awarded him the Leadership, Vision, and Community Outreach Award for his steadfast, strategic work with the underserved. He also was awarded the 2011 OUSD Educational Leadership Award for his transformational work at Lazear. Kareem is an advocate for the health and betterment of urban children and disrupting patterns of dysfunction and inequity. Kareem earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and Spanish from Morehouse College.