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Audience in Lecture






Chief Executive Officer


Alabama Aerospace & Aviation High School


Ruben Morris was born in Birmingham, AL. Upon graduating from Morehouse College in 2004, he joined Teach For America.

After a brief break from the classroom to work in the family real estate development business, Ruben returned to the education reform world as the Director of District Strategy for Teach For America Atlanta. After helping to significantly grow the footprint of TFA in Atlanta, he moved to Denver, CO, to pursue a master’s in Social Change.

While completing his master’s, Ruben went back to the classroom as a 7th grade Reading and History teacher at KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy on Denver’s Southwest side.

After Ruben’s time at KIPP, he moved into school leadership in what was at the time Denver Public School’s only Innovation School Network, the Denver Summit Schools Network. His Innovation School experience began at a Turnaround School, Collegiate Prep Academy.

He later completed a Principal Residency within Denver Public School at the Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello as the lead administrator for the high school. The very next year he went on to be the school's first middle school principal.

Ruben later transitioned to Colorado's only competency based school district where he served as a high school administrator at Westminster High School. Upon returning to Birmingham in 2016, he served as the Interim Education Director for the Woodlawn Innovation Network in Birmingham City Schools. He later served as the executive director of the New Rising Star Community Support Corporation where he was instrumental in the planning of Birmingham’s first public charter school. He also was the Interim Principal of the Middle and High School at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. Ruben was also the founding Program Director for Build Up.

Currently, he is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alabama Aerospace and Aviation High School.

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