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Published on Aug 27, 2012

Entrepreneurs have revolutionized nearly every facet of modern society, bringing innovations to the way we care for the sick, grow our food, and communicate with each other. For the past 15 years, these stubbornly optimistic men and women have turned their sights on bringing US public education into the 21st century. Together, they're working towards a future in which every student--no matter their socioeconomic status or their ZIP code--receives an excellent education.

Eric was most recently a principal and the Chief Academic Officer of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. E.L. Haynes Public Charter School (www.elhaynes.org) is known locally and nationally for its outstanding results and programs. Prior to E.L. Haynes, Eric taught for seven years in North Carolina, New York, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He also founded a non-profit focused on teacher leadership development and was the Assistant Principal of St. Josephʼs School in Harlem, where he raised over $1 million dollars for technology and other programs. Eric has an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, a Masters in School Administration from Trinity University, and a Masters in Teaching from Brown University. He graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy. He lives with his wife and three children in Washington, D.C.

Alix was most recently a consultant in McKinsey & Companyʼs Education Practice, where he advised school systems and foundations on strategic matters. His previous work experience includes: teaching in and directing an after-school program in one of Bostonʼs public housing projects; working as a member of the housing group in the public finance department of an investment bank in New York; and teaching full-time for several years, including in an international school in Brazil. He most recently taught math at a public charter high school in San Francisco, and subsequently served on the Board of Trustees for the school. He is a newly elected member of the board of Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Alix has an MBA from Stanfordʼs Graduate School of Business and a Masters in Education from the Stanford University School of Education. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C.

To watch other videos in the NewSchools Presents series go to http://www.newschools.org/entrepreneurs.

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