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Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Community Academies of New Orleans


Myrialis King is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Community Academies of New Orleans, which was created to bring Foundation Preparatory, a literacy-focused elementary school in New Orleans that she founded in 2014, and Choice Foundation schools, Esperanza and Lafayette Academies (Lower School and Middle School) under one organization.

Originally from Puerto Rico and a native Spanish speaker, Myrialis began her career educating students while in college in the city of Holyoke, MA. A champion for Emergent Bilingual students and their families and for those whose voices are often muted, Myrialis is grounded in the belief that all children, regardless of race, family income level, home language or ability, not only deserve, but need a solid educational foundation in order to create transformational, generational impact. Her own experiences have shaped both her passion for Emergent Bilingual students and their families as well as the deep, comprehensive work of Community Academies of New Orlean’s Wellness Program. She believes this hard, good work can only be accomplished in partnership with the community. It is with this guiding principle that she leads Community Academies of New Orleans.

Myrialis graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, with a concentration in Latin American politics, and earned her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. Myrialis is an Institute of Mental Hygiene Board Member, a City Park Improvement Association Board Member & Treasurer, and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellowship alum.

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