Metro Atlanta KIPP Charter Schools names new executive director

KIPP Metro Atlanta charter schools announced,

 The board of KIPP Metro Atlanta has unanimously appointed Kinnari Patel-Smyth as its new executive director. Patel-Smyth is succeeding David Jernigan, who recently was approved by the board of the Atlanta Public Schools to serve as its new deputy superintendent…Kinnari will assume the role of executive director on July 28. “I am humbled to have this opportunity to serve our 2,500 KIPPsters as executive director,” Patel-Smyth said. “I look forward to building on the successes of the past 12 years.”

Patel-Smyth has served as the chief academic officer for KIPP Metro Atlanta over the past two years. Prior to joining KIPP, she taught in Atlanta and Fort Worth for six years and served as a principal and managing director of programs for Explore Schools in Brooklyn, N.Y., for eight years.

“We are thrilled that Kinnari is willing to step up to the challenge of leading our organization,” said Craig Jones, the KIPP Metro Atlanta Board Chairman.  “She has a proven track record with KIPP and has been a part of an intentional succession plan over the past two years.  This is a natural next step for Kinnari and for the organization, and the Board has complete confidence that she is the right leader to take KIPP Metro Atlanta to the next level of excellence.” 

This leadership transition comes at a time when KIPP Metro Atlanta is opening the final school in its eight school organization growth plan.  KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools continue to post exceptional academic results and has a very stable financial position. 


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