With a deep belief that schools should create a safe and inclusive space for all students, Omar Currie enthusiastically begins the journey of founding and leading Rocketship’s first campus in Antioch, CA. Previously the Founding Assistant Principal of Rocketship Rising Stars Academy, Omar is not new to Rocketship’s mission of transformative change through a high-quality public school model.
Omar brings a diverse portfolio of leadership experience to Antioch from his start as a third grade teacher in rural North Carolina to the halls of one of the largest elementary schools in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area as a fourth teacher before moving to California and serving as Lower School Assistant Principal at KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy. Over the course of his career, Currie has served as Grade Level Chair, on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council for Orange County Schools (NC), as well as an advisor to the Chief Academic Officer of Alexandria City Public Schools (VA).
Access, equity, and high academic standards in the classroom have been Omar’s guiding light throughout his career. In 2015, he was recognized by GLSEN and awarded the iNSIDEoUT Advocate of the Year Award for his work addressing bullying and harassment of LGBTQ+ students in elementary schools.
Omar holds a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Supervision from Indiana University, Bloomington, and completed his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.