Dr. Reid, Founder & CEO of Excellence Community Schools

Dr. Reid, Founder & CEO of Excellence Community Schools

Dr. Reid, 2017 Education Honoree of the Keeper's of the Dream Award Ceremony

Dr. Reid, 2017 Education Honoree of the Keeper's of the Dream Award Ceremony

Joyce Frost, ECS Board Chair

Joyce Frost, ECS Board Chair

Dr. Charlene M. Reid is the Founder and CEO of Excellence Community Schools. Dr. Reid is entering her 19th year as an educator.  She began her career as a teacher leader in South Los Angeles after earning a BA in Political Science and an Ed.M. in Elementary Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Mrs. Reid also earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College before serving as an assistant principal in the Bronx and Harlem. In 2007, Mrs. Reid became the Principal and Head of School at BCSE where she spearheaded the turnaround of a school on the brink of closure.  BCSE was recognized as the highest performing K-8 non-magnet school in the State of New York and in 2012 was distinguished a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School.  Mrs. Reid was elected a Cahn Fellow, for outstanding New York City principals at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2011 and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, earning a Doctorate in Education, Ed.D. in 2016.


2016-2017 Board of Trustees

Joyce Frost Chair
Kim Hartman Secretary | Deirdre Flynn Treasurer

Andra Ehrenkranz 

Kory Apton-Griffin

William Geist

Anthony Vernace

ECS knows the power of partnership.We would like to thank the ECS Board for their ongoing efforts.

A Legacy of Partnerships

There are many ways that you can make a difference in the lives of our scholars. Excellence Community Schools appreciates any gifts you might consider. A lack of resources should never deprive a scholar of their dreams or opportunities. As a Partner, please feel free to make a contribution of any amount to support our scholars or programs as you wish. To make an online gift please visit this link.

Our donation site allows you to designate how you would like your gift directed, e.g. The Arts, Athletic Programs, etc. If you would like to make other contributions, please contact Aya Wakamatsu, Director of Development, at awakamatsu@excellenceschools.org.

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