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KELLY GARCIA

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KELLY GARCIA

TITLE 

Chief of Schools

ORGANIZATION

Summit Public Schools

BIOGRAPHY

Kelly Garcia is the Chief of Staff for Summit Public Schools. As the COS, Kelly Garcia provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for Summit Public Schools. Kelly began her career teaching in Boston Public Schools and returned home to California where she taught in Hayward before joining the founding team of Summit Public Schools. After teaching World History in the school’s inaugural year, Kelly served as the Assistant Director of Summit Preparatory Charter High School and went on to lead Summit Everest, the network’s second school, as the Executive Director. When Summit Public Schools was recruited to open a school in San Francisco’s East Bay region, Kelly led the opening of Summit K2 as its founding Executive Director. Under her direction, K2 and Everest fully implemented the Summit Learning program with an emphasis on continuous improvement. As the Summit model and curriculum were further developed in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Institute, Kelly lent her deep school experience to the Summit Learning Team as the Senior Director for the Western Region, which included a portfolio of ninety five schools in ten states. Kelly returned to Summit Public Schools as the Chief of Staff where she supported the Summit’s pandemic response and transition to Virtual School, the creation of an aligned network model, the professional development of school leaders and streamlining communication throughout the network. Kelly received her B.A in History and a certificate in the Children and Society Curriculum from Stanford University. She also holds an Ed.M. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

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