Kari Croft

Principal
Rise

Kari Croft is Principal of RISE. In September 2016, RISE was chosen from over 700 applications across the country as one of 10 winners of the XQ Super School Challenge to reimagine high school. With the needs of homeless and foster youth in mind, RISE High pushes the capabilities of traditional schooling to reach some of the most transient students. Prior to serving as Principal, Kari was a Da Vinci Schools Fellow where she designed a Fellowship program, drafted a book outlining the history and best practices of Da Vinci, and crafted a charter petition designed to meet the needs of homeless and foster youth in Los Angeles. Kari grew up in South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English Language & Literature. She taught English for three years and spent one year recruiting, training and coaching new teachers before heading to Boston where she graduated from Harvard with her Masters in School Leadership.

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