Joan Sullivan

  • Founder, Bronx Academy of Letters
    Deputy Mayor of Education, Los Angeles

Joan is a teacher, principal, and a founder of the Bronx Academy of Letters. She chose to embark on a bold experiment in literacy education by making the written word her school’s focus. The youngest of ten children, she grew up on a small farm in... More

Joan is a teacher, principal, and a founder of the Bronx Academy of Letters. She chose to embark on a bold experiment in literacy education by making the written word her school’s focus. The youngest of ten children, she grew up on a small farm in New Jersey.

After graduating from Yale University, she spent two years investigating police misconduct for the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, then took a position on the advance team for Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign.

Before the opening of Bronx Letters in September 2003, she taught history at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice in the South Bronx, where she founded and coached the girls’ varsity basketball team.

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Joan Sullivan's Presentations

Gel 2009 April 2009

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Bronx Academy of Letters: Joan Sullivan founded the Bronx Academy of Letters - a public, not charter, school - in the poorest congressional district in America. A few years later it was ranked as one of the top high schools in New York City. Joan... More

Bronx Academy of Letters: Joan Sullivan founded the Bronx Academy of Letters - a public, not charter, school - in the poorest congressional district in America. A few years later it was ranked as one of the top high schools in New York City. Joan tells her story and invites two alumni on-stage as well.

A few months after Gel 2009, Joan was appointed Deputy Mayor of Education in Los Angeles (source).

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