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Tresha Francis Ward

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Tresha Francis Ward
Academic Strategy Senior Adviser
Strategic Advising

Background: Tresha is an academic strategy senior adviser at Bellwether Education Partners. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2017, Tresha spent eight years in a number of leadership roles with the KIPP charter school network. Most recently she was a managing director of schools for KIPP NYC, where she focused on school turnaround. She was also the school leader development director for the KIPP Foundation. In this role she provided support to all of KIPP’s sitting school leaders either through the creation of leadership development programming, as an instructor for instructional leadership, or through direct coaching. Additionally, Tresha supported chief academic officers and school leaders in KIPP’s Texas regions on academic strategy implementation.

In 2010, she opened KIPP Legacy Preparatory School, an internationally focused school in Northeast Houston. Tresha grew Legacy to ~800 kids in grades pre-K through 3rd. Legacy now serves 900+ students in grades pre-K through 4th.

Tresha has also served as a leadership coach for school leaders and independently consulted with organizations and schools for several years.

She attended Vanderbilt University for her bachelor’s degree and Stanford University for her master’s degree and started her education career as a Teach For America Houston corps member. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.

Experience at Bellwether: readiness-to-grow instructional assessments, instructional coaching, priority planning, leadership development

Client segments served: urban education, charter schools, turnaround schools

Why I do this work: I grew up in the Bronx, NY and was oblivious to educational inequity until I got to college. While my road was not easy, I was lucky enough to have family and supports that helped me overcome the obstacles that came my way. I do this work because kids who look like me or grow up in places like the Bronx deserve access to great schools and opportunities that allow them to create a life full of choices. Kids should not have to be "lucky enough" to have the "right people" around or attend the "right schools" to gain access. Right now that is not the reality, and I want to be a part of changing that.