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 June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
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What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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