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Joshua Klaris
Resident Principal

East Harlem, New York City

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Josh is an experienced educational leader with a track record of success. He currently serves as the Director of School Leadership for Generation Ready. He recently completed his final year at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s doctoral program in Leadership (Ed.L.D), which brought him to the Department to launch the Principal Ambassador Fellowship and design our principal engagement strategy. Josh has spent a career in public schools. Just prior to Harvard, he was the founder of DREAM Charter School and served as the school’s first principal and Executive Director. DREAM is an inclusive, progressive, community-based public school in East Harlem, NYC that is currently serving 300 students in grades K-5.

From 2002 - 2007Josh was the principal of PS 183, one of the 200 best schools in New York City as designated by the Chancellor. Prior to becoming a principal, he served as an Assistant Principal and classroom teacher in New York City Department of Education schools for over 10 years in such diverse neighborhoods as Chinatown, the South Bronx, and Manhattan’s Upper Eastside. Josh started his career as an educator as part of Teach for America, having been a 1991 corps member working for two years as a Kindergarten teacher at the J.S. Aucoin Elementary School in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. He has a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College and another in Administration and Supervision from New York University.

Last Modified: 12/22/2014