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Billy Kearney

Job Title
Deputy Chief of Innovation
D.C. Public Schools
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D.C. Region

"My passion for realizing social justice through my life’s work was solidified as a first year classroom teacher."

Billy Kearney is the deputy chief of innovation for D.C. Public Schools. He was most recently the 2011 Rubenstein Award Winning Principal of Charles Hart Middle School located in Washington, D.C.

Billy began his career in education as a 1994 corps member, teaching math and science at Paul Junior High School in D.C. Following the corps, he served as the founding executive director of New Leaders for New Schools in Memphis. He also served as the founding executive director of Teach For America–Atlanta and as a national recruitment director for Teach For America.

Billy graduated with a B.S. in industrial engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In 2008, he earned an Executive Master’s in Leadership from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Billy was born in Martinsville, VA and currently resides in D.C.