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Gene Pinkard

Gene Pinkard

Eugene Pinkard is the Chief of School Design and Continuous Improvement for DC Public Schools, where he leads the coordination of interventions and partnerships for high-need schools by way of school cohorts, and school-based innovation and autonomy. Pinkard began his work in education in rural South Africa as a volunteer teacher. Upon returning to the District, he joined Archbishop Carroll High School as a Social Studies teacher, later adding the role of Director of Admissions. In 1999, he became the Executive Director of Capital Partners for Education, a non-profit high school mentoring and scholarship program. Following this, he returned to the school setting, serving for three years as assistant principal at Bell Multicultural High School. From 2004 to 2009, he was Principal of Maya Angelou Public Charter School. During his tenure, Maya Angelou PCS attained Middle States accreditation, and national top five percentiles in academic growth. He then transitioned back to DCPS, spending one year as Director of Curriculum and Instruction, before becoming the principal of Marie Reed Elementary School. As Principal, he led the school to attain district top five percentiles in academic growth. In 2014, Pinkard transitioned within DCPS to his role as Instructional Superintendent for middle schools, focusing on racial equity, common core implementation, and leadership development. Before transitioning to the Chief of School Design and Continuous Improvement, Pinkard led targeted support for students of color, the design of research-based innovation for school turnaround, and data-driven comprehensive school planning as the Deputy Chief of School Turnaround. Pinkard holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Government and Theology from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in School Administration from Trinity College.

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