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 Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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