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This Week's Speaker

Jan. 27, 2022–Jeremiah Newell / COO, Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF) & Founder / Superintendent, MAEF Public Charter Schools

Dr. Jeremiah Newell is the Chief Operating Officer of the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF) and Founder/Superintendent of MAEF Public Charter Schools, a 5-year old charter management organization, which includes two public, tuition-free schools. Accel Day and Evening Academy, Alabama’s first public charter school, serves grades 9-12, and ACCEL Preparatory Academy currently serves grades 6 & 7 and will expand to 8th grade in the 2022-23 school year. ACCEL’s schools offer a next generation learning space, which includes innovative, personalized learning environments that meet students where they are and put them on a path to achieve their dreams after high school. These tuition-free, public schools currently serve 450 students and will grow to serve 850 students over the next three years.

 

Most recently, Jeremiah served as a Harvard Fellow at the Rhode Island Department of Education. In this capacity, he worked as chief of staff for the Division of Accelerating School Performance, which directed charter schools, low-performing schools, and federal programs.  In his previous experience, Jeremiah taught at the middle and high school levels, launched and led innovative secondary school models, and directed secondary school turnaround efforts in Mobile, Alabama.

 

Jeremiah received his B.S. in Secondary Education/Language Arts from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, received graduate level training in Instructional Design and Development from the University of South Alabama, and earned a Doctorate of Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.