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Chris Elliott is the founding School Director of LEAD Prep Southeast and focuses on developing a personalized learning experience that both nurtures and challenges students.

Elliott began his educational career in 2004 upon graduating Kalamazoo College with a double major in Business/Economics and Religion. After college, he joined Teach For America as a Mississippi Delta Corps Member. Placed in Greenville, MS, Chris would go on to teach 5th and 6th grade math and science for 3 years. As a successful classroom teacher Chris looked to expand his impact to the whole school by enrolling in a k-12 Educational Administration Program at Michigan State.

At Michigan State, Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude. Following his master’s program Chris headed Creedmoor, NC just outside Durham, NC where his leadership responsibilities grew to by taking on the role of principal.

In the summer of 2011, Chris joined a new fellowship in New Orleans, LA called 4.0 Schools. During this time he refined his problem-solving skills, practiced and applied design thinking to schools and toured the country seeking out our most innovative and promising school practices.

It was during this time visiting schools Chris was introduced to Jeremy Kane and LEAD Public Schools and in the spring of 2012 he joined LEAD as a resident school director. Chris and his wife, Jenny, reside in Nashville, where they are both actively involved in education reform. In his free time, he loves to cook, travel, play basketball and golf, and passionately follow/endure his Detroit sports teams.