With determination, resilience, and energy, Sandra Kinne will found and lead an excellent urban charter school in Compton, CA.

Upon graduating college, Sandra joined Teach For America and was placed in the Compton Unified School District in Los Angeles County, where she taught fourth grade. When she left Los Angeles, she worked in research evaluation, consulting on education projects – including PBS Kids – and on political campaigns.

But the classroom called again, so Sandra taught in a middle school Special Education program for emotionally disturbed students, and subsequently joined Southside Academy Charter School, teaching first and second grade in a school with a 97 percent Title I population. She eventually joined Teach For America’s staff, spending three years as a Manager for Teacher Leadership Development. Most recently, Sandra served as Assistant Principal at the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

Sandra holds a B.A. in Newspaper Journalism, International Relations, and Women’s Studies from Syracuse University, an M.Ed. from Loyola Marymount University, and an M.P.A in Educational Policy Analysis from Columbia University.