Jamar McKneely

Guest Blogger

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, InspireNOLA

New Orleans, Louisiana

Jamar McKneely is chief executive officer and co-founder of InspireNOLA. He spent seven years as a teacher and assistant principal at Edna Karr High School before becoming principal of Alice Harte Charter School. In 2013, together with the principal of a nearby high school, he created InspireNOLA charter schools, a new organization that manages two schools.

He earned both a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Prior to becoming an educator, he worked as a budget analyst for two non-profit organizations in Baton Rouge.

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Oct. 31, 2016

This New Orleans School Was Failing Students and Families. One Year Later It’s Off the Charts.

When I was growing up, my biggest obstacle to academic success was my self-esteem, which held me back from trying…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Nov. 3, 2015

Schools Can Help Fix Poverty, But Not by Themselves

During my career I have had the opportunity to work with many exceptional students, but one in particular stands out…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Mar. 11, 2015

Charter Critics Don’t See It: Local Educators are Driving Change in New Orleans Schools

I’m a Louisiana native who has committed his life to transforming and empowering the lives of our youth in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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