Co-School Leader, KIPP Compton Community School
KIPP Compton Community Upper School is led by Courtney Richardson. At KIPP Compton Upper School, we are focused on creating the conditions to improve outcomes for students and children of color. Richardson began her career in Atlanta, Georgia where she served as a volunteer and teacher in Southwest Atlanta. With a fierce commitment to equity and liberation as an indicator of justice, Richardson relocated to New York City where she continued her journey as a 5th grade teacher at Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn while working to achieve her M.A.T from Relay Graduate School of Education. Upon completion of her masters degree, Richardson became a Principal Fellow for Uncommon Schools serving District 23 of Brownsville NY. During her time in NYC, Richardson participated in several leadership activities including SXSW EDU as well as solo-trips to South Africa & Israel to expand her knowledge base within the global sector and understand the intersectionalities of schools, health disparities, and the social and structural conditions that impact contemporary life. In 2019, Richardson relocated to Los Angeles, CA where she became a part of the KIPP SoCal Team & Family serving at both KIPP Empower & KIPP Ignite Academies as a Dean, Assistant School Leader and School Leader Fellow. Richardson is currently enrolled at Teachers College - Columbia University for Summer Principals Academy where she is engaging in a transformative graduate program committed to developing school leaders to promote equity & excellence through innovation in order to shape the next generation of leaders within the United States of America.