Message from the CEO

Dear CCSP Community,

It is with great pleasure that CCSP welcomes our new Chief Executive Officer, Curtis Palmore.  Mr. Palmore is a well-qualified educator with over 22 years of experience in traditional and public charter schools in New York City.  Most recently, he was the Founding Principal at a turnaround school in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, N.Y.   In his first two years as principal there, his team increased academic student performance by 27% (ELA) and 56% (Math) on state exams. Prior to this, Mr. Palmore was the Head of School at Harlem Prep where he successfully transformed a failing school into a successful school within the Democracy Prep Charter Management Organization.  Mr. Palmore has also served as an instructional leader at the Beginning with Children Charter School (BwCCS) in Brooklyn, N.Y.  In his last year as a school leader at BwCCS, NYS exam scores were the highest in the school’s history, respectively: 86 % (Math) 3rd-8th grade proficient and/or advanced; 74% (ELA) grade proficient and/or advanced.

Mr. Palmore started his teaching career with Teach for America in 1995, where he served as a 4
th and 5th grade teacher in Washington Heights and in the South Bronx.  Mr. Palmore holds an undergraduate degree from Morgan State University and has graduate degrees in educational leadership from Fordham University and Teachers College at Columbia University.  Mr. Palmore began his tenure with CCSP in August and is working with school and operations leaders to help lead our organization from good to great!