greenwood academy principal stepping down

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar, founding principal at Greenwood Leadership Academy, a new “partnership school” aiming to improve outcomes of children in north Tulsa. He will step down this year and his replacement will likely be found by fall break 2018. Taken on Friday, June 16, 2017. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar, the principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy, a partnership elementary school within the Tulsa Public Schools umbrella, will resign this year.

“Principal AC (Asamoa-Caesar) will continue to serve as GLA’s principal, welcome students, support teachers and work with our families as we open school on Aug. 22, and until a new principal is selected and hired. We expect that transition will happen in October, around the planned fall break,” said Ashley Phillipsen, executive director of the Met Cares Foundation, which oversees the school.

Asamoa-Caesar attributed his departure to a calling from a higher power.

“I am resigning from my role as principal because I feel led by God to do so. I am, unashamedly, a man of faith,” Asamoa-Caesar said in a resignation later posted on The Black Wall Street Times, an online publication.

“I am yielding to the guidance of a higher power to step aside, not yet fully understanding why, but certain that it is the right thing for me to do at this time, and that hindsight will once again provide validation,” he said.

The school will expand to second grade in the coming year after opening last year with grades pre-kindergarten through first grade. It was renewed for a second year by the TPS school board this summer after facing scrutiny following a special needs student being shut in a locker. The school, at 1789 W. Seminole St., shares a building with Academy Central Elementary.

Samuel Hardiman

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