Natalie Gordon has over 20 years of experience in urban education, with a particular expertise in school start-up. Ms. Gordon began her education career in New York City, as a middle school teacher with Teach for America. She was also a fellow in New Leaders for New Schools, a year-long program designed to develop outstanding leaders for service in urban schools. Beyond school leadership, Ms. Gordon has worked with TFA as an advisor to corps members, a summer institute faculty director and a regional recruiter. She also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector as both the Education Director and Executive Director of DC SCORES, a consultant with the New Teacher Project to lead administrator recruitment in DC Public Schools and manager of the DC Teaching Fellows Program. Her school leadership experience includes founding Friendship Tech Prep, as well as assuming both the Principal and Asst. Principal positions at DC Prep's Edgewood Campus. Most recently, Ms. Gordon was the founding principal of Jefferson Academy. In her tenure, she spearheaded dramatic academic gains in reading and math, as well as significant overall improvements in school culture.
Cluster VII includes Brookland MS, Deal MS, Eliot-Hine MS, Hardy MS, Hart MS, Jefferson MS, Johnson MS, Kelly Miller MS, Kramer MS, Sousa MS, and Stuart-Hobson MS.