After transferring from an elite high school in New York City to a neighborhood school in North Carolina, Chandell Stone saw firsthand the disconcerting inequities between the schools she once attended and the one she was in. “In New York, I was able to attend a quality school due to my strong academic performance and school choice. Being part of a low-income family and not having choice in North Carolina meant that I was robbed of a quality education. I set out to become an educator in order to provide a quality education to students that looked like me, one classroom at a time, and when that wasn’t enough, I became a school leader to multiply my impact.”
Chandell began teaching at Democracy Prep High School as an algebra and trigonometry teacher. She was also the school’s dance coach and civics coordinator. She moved into an Assistant Principal role at a Success Academy school in the Bronx, spearheading school improvement initiatives. Chandell then founded Destination Impact, a multinational corporation that sends volunteers abroad to help address educational and health needs across the African diaspora. She will bring all of this experience to bear when she opens a school in Atlanta that “will utilize a blend of small-group coaching, whole-class instruction, and independent study to ensure that all students are provided with equitable shares of individualized attention and are pushed to reach their potential.”
Chandell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master’s in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.