Jarell Lee

Next year, Jarell will be the Founding Principal of KIPP Academy Primary in Chicago. Jarell is currently a School Leader Fellow at KIPP NJ Newark Collegiate Academy. Previously, Jarell served as the School Leader of Life Academy and as an Assistant School Leader and Miles Family Fellow at Seek Academy.

Prior to joining the KIPP team, Jarell taught second grade at Uncommon Schools: Excellence Boys Elementary Academy as a Teach For America Corps Member. He also led the third grade team, developed a character education system, and led school-wide joy initiatives to invest scholars in school culture systems. Jarell also served as the Founding Dean of School Culture at Achievement First Aspire Elementary School, where he created systems and rituals to invest scholars and support struggling scholars. Additionally, Jarell coached teachers as the First Grade Academic Dean.

Jarell received a B.A. in Sociology & African-American Studies from Harvard University, a M.S. in Elementary Education from Teacher U at Hunter College, and a Master’s in Supervision and Administration from the University of Houston. Outside of school, Jarell loves to play with his baby son, go to the gym, watch NBA games, and wear fanny packs.