Mike Kerr has made an impact in the lives of students as both a teacher and as a school principal and now hopes to build and develop educational leaders at The Broad Center.
Growing up, Mike was exposed to the inequalities of education when he attended a summer leadership academy as a high school junior. Surrounded by private-school students and public-school students from more affluent suburbs, he realized how much more prepared for the world they were than he was. This experience was the driving force behind his application to join Teach for America — to make a difference in the lives of students, regardless of where they live.
After five years as an elementary teacher in New York, Mike opened two elementary schools — Achievement First Crown Heights in Brooklyn and KIPP Empower Academy in Los Angeles. As the founding principal at KIPP Empower, Mike led KIPP’s first blended-learning school and achieved an Academic Performance Index score of 991 out of 1,000, ranking it the highest performing public school in Los Angeles.
He then spent four years at KIPP Foundation as the director of elementary school leadership development before serving as principal for the Primary School, an integrated health and education lab school created by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Joining The Broad Academy program team, Mike is helping to oversee program evaluation as well as personalized learning opportunities for Academy fellows to strengthen their knowledge and skills as educational leaders.