Kim Neal
« Back to Innovators

Kim Neal

Innovation School Fellow: 2018

Kim Neal plans to launch a rigorous college preparatory high school designed to help students develop self-regulation, self-efficacy, and leadership skills through small learning environments. She aspires for her future students to have the opportunity to attend the country’s most competitive colleges.

Kim Neal served as the Managing Director of Secondary Education for KIPP:DC, where she manages principals and oversees the planning, implementation, and evaluation of grades 5-12 instructional programs for KIPP:DC’s 16 charter schools. Previously, she served as a principal of KIPP:DC’s largest middle school, AIM Academy, which she turned around to become the highest performing school in Ward 8. Prior to her work for KIPP, Neal founded Muchin College Prep, which remains the highest performing school in Noble Network of Charter Schools and one of Chicago’s best schools.

She holds an M.A. in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis, an M.A. in Education from Columbia University, and is a graduate of Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principal Supervisors Academy Fellowship.