D'Anza Smith

D'Anza Smith is a Fisher Fellow with KIPP Public Charter Schools. Next year, D’Anza will be the founding School Leader of a KIPP middle school in Huntington Park which is part of LAUSD. Currently, she is an Assistant School Leader at KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory Academy where she manages and coaches the English Language Arts department and serves as the CELDT Coordinator. As coach of the English Language Arts department, 81% of students scored Proficient or Advanced on the ELA California Standards Test (CST). In addition to her leadership role at KIPP LA Prep, she has also served as Interim School Leader at KIPP Sol Academy and KIPP Scholar Academy and was both a Miles Family Fellow and Teacher Leader with the KIPP School Leadership Program. Prior to transitioning into leadership, D’Anza taught 7th Grade English Language Arts, where she served as both Grade Level and Department Chair. D’Anza received her Bachelors of Arts degree in English from UCLA, as well as her Masters in Education from UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute. In addition to being passionate about urban education and social justice, D’Anza enjoys reading, traveling, and relaxing with her husband and son. “My vision is to design and build out a school that provides a top-­notch educational experience for each student who enters its doors.”

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