As the Chief Program Officer at Leading Educators, Chong-Hao is responsible for strengthening schools by training and supporting teachers to lead from the classroom. He heads a program team that works to develop the impact of teachers on their students, colleagues, and schools. Under Chong-Hao’s leadership, over 800 teacher leaders were trained last year in cities across the country.
Chong-Hao has presented on the importance of teacher leadership to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, American Federation of Teachers, and the Aspen Institute. He was the co-author of the Aspen Institute White Paper entitled “Leading From the Front of the Classroom.” By advancing teachers’ leadership skills and opportunities, Chong-Hao is helping Leading Educators build a national movement to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed in school and life.
Before his time at Leading Educators, Chong-Hao was the founding principal at KIPP Sharpstown in Houston, one of the highest performing schools in the city and one of the few fine arts schools dedicated to serving lower income students. Chong-Hao began his time in the classroom with as a math teacher in the Mississippi Delta. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Ed. from National Louis University.