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Chief Executive Officer


Gestalt Community Schools


Yetta Lewis is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gestalt Community Schools, where she ensures that over 2,600 Memphis students are college-ready, career-ready, and community-ready. Yetta manages the academic program, student services, teacher professional development, leadership development, and student recruitment for the network. Yetta was the founding Principal of Power Center Academy Middle School. As a founding Principal, she lead a team of extraordinary educators, dedicated parents, and supportive community partners who in just three years moved the school to the top-performing middle school in Tennessee. In 2011, Power Center Academy Middle School was awarded the TN SCORE award for outstanding academic performance. During that year, the school narrowed the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students by 9.82 points in reading and 18.66 points in math. Prior to joining Gestalt Community Schools, Yetta was the Vice President of Curriculum and Professional Development for The JASON Project, a subsidiary of National Geographic. She worked as a Managing Director of Professional Development for the WorldCom MarcoPolo Internet Content for Classroom Program. Yetta started her educational journey as a teacher in Baltimore City, where she taught middle school language arts for eight years and served on the Board of Head Start. Yetta holds a B.A. from Salisbury University, an M.Ed. from Loyola University, and a Certificate of Technology in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

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