Eva Moskowitz has spent her professional career in the educational industry. She is the founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, a New York City chain of charter schools over which she leads as the Chief Executive Officer. She established the first Success Academy school in 2006 in the Harlem neighborhood. Eva Moskowitz’s leadership has led to there now being 32 schools that additionally located in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx.
Serving 9,000 children that mostly come from low-income households, The Success Academy still outperforms even nearby affluent districts. Eva Moskowitz built a foundation at these schools that hold everyone accountable for achieving high educational standards, including the students themselves. The teacher’s work in a collaborative environment where they learn from each other the best practices in teaching children.
Eva Moskowitz was once the chair of the New York City Council Education Committee. She became a leader in school reform while investigating public schools and seeing how poorly they were run and their inability to properly educate children. During her time on the council, she exposed many scandals and problems at schools ranging from teacher practice to inadequate lighting in classrooms. She used the information she gathered while serving in this position to inform her choices at Success Academy in providing a better educational environment to properly foment learning.
Before founding the Success Academy, Eva Moskowitz was a professor at a number of universities including Columbia Unversity, Vanderbilt University, and the City University of New York. She earned her own college degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her bachelor of arts, and at John Hopkins University where she earned a Ph.D. in American History.
The ongoing crisis in education across the United States has become a well-known issue. Eva Moskowitz maintains that the problems aren’t what people usually point at, including poverty, African-Americans, and inner-cities. Rather, the problem is that the standards at public schools encourage mediocrity in both how teacher’s approach their material and the standards that students are held to. Her success at the Success Academy shows that every child can learn when given the opportunity.