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Erica Jordan-Thomas

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Assistant Principal, Ranson IB Middle School
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"There is no greater testament to ‘all kids can achieve’ than creating dramatic academic gains within classrooms."

Erica is a member of New Leaders–Charlotte 11th Aspiring Principals Cohort. She currently serves as Assistant Principal and Class of 2021 Grade Level Administrator at Ranson IB Middle School. She oversees instruction and operations for 24 staff members and 310+ 6th grade scholars. Erica provides high-impact coaching and professional development to her teachers and instructional coaches, resulting in her grade level meeting or exceeding growth in all tested subjects during her tenure.

Prior to her role as Assistant Principal, Erica served as Resident Principal at Reid Park Academy during its transition to a Pre-K-8 school. Under her leadership, 100% of Reid Park 8th graders enrolled in Algebra I passed the Algebra I end-of-course exam.

Prior to joining New Leaders, Erica served as a program director for Teach For America–Charlotte, ensuring that 32 1st and 2nd year teachers serving in 19 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools achieved significant gains with their students. Erica was a 2008 corps member and taught math at Olympic Renaissance High School. While teaching at Olympic Renaissance, Erica increased standardized test scores by 78% in Algebra II and 54% in Geometry.

Erica grew up in Columbus, OH and attended Columbus Public Schools. A proud Buckeye, Erica graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in textiles and clothing and a minor in business administration.