Portrait of Jesse Ballis-Harris, Interim K-8 Chief of Schools

In his role as Interim K-8 Chief of Schools, Jesse works to support our schools in creating the conditions for students to thrive and grow. Prior to his current role, Jesse spent eight years as a founding teacher, dean, and principal at Achievement First Apollo Elementary where he supported the school in making significant gains in academic achievement, student experience, and adult culture. Before joining the organization, Jesse began his teaching career in 2006 as a first and second-grade teacher in Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in education. He is excited for the opportunity to contribute to this team, and is optimistic and excited for what Achievement First will collectively accomplish.

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