“I am driven to design, found, and lead a charter school because I must provide equity in education for black and brown children from disadvantaged communities. My school will be a place where students – no matter their color or background – have access to the same level of education as their affluent counterparts across town.” Stephanie Powell is committed to founding a high-performing school in San Antonio, Texas.

Stephanie’s first teaching experience was as a military training instructor in the United States Air Force. She decided to become a teacher when, while homeschooling her own children, she realized how important a good education and a good leader is for children. Stephanie joined IDEA Public Schools in San Antonio, serving as a high school teacher before becoming the school’s Assistant Principal of Instruction. In this role, she managed a team of teachers, coaching and facilitating their professional development to drive assessment results. In her role as proposed school founder and leader, Stephanie is adamant about serving as a beacon of opportunity: “I want to be an extra parent to kids to ensure that they get every opportunity. All children need leaders who are selfless and caring enough to provide them with opportunities that are not available at traditional public schools in their communities.”

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Master of Education Administration from Concordia University.