Determined to create brighter futures for her students, Alexandria LeeNatali will found and lead an excellent urban charter school in San Jose, CA, upon completion of The Fellowship.

During her time in college, Alex completed a Fellowship building medical clinics in El Salvador, and received the Richard Riordan Award for outstanding community service for her work. Her start in education also began with her community service drive; running an after-school tutoring program in San Jose. Alex officially began her career in education as a second grade teacher at Cornerstone Academy Preparatory School in San Jose, CA, through Teach For America. During her time as a second grade teacher, 92 percent of her students made a year’s worth of growth in reading and 70 percent grew more than 1.5 years in math. As Cornerstone grew, Alex was a founding team member for both fifth and sixth grades as a Master Teacher. While teaching, Alex developed, implemented, and trained teachers in Leadership Curriculum. “I am in this work to develop leaders to advocate on behalf of those without a voice. I hope to challenge students to demand an excellent education.”

Alex will draw on these varied professional experiences as she founds a school that will realize her dream of making excellent education accessible to unprivileged students.

Alex holds a B.S. in Law, Social Justice, and Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University.