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Laurie Bussmann

Vice President at Achievement First, Inc.
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Laurie Bussmann

Vice President at Achievement First, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Achievement First, Inc.

Co-Founder at Achievement First, Inc.

Regional Superintendent at Amistad Academy Inc.

Director of Development at Achievement First, Inc.

Regional Superintendent at Achievement First, Inc.

Assistant Superintendent at Achievement First, Inc.

Senior Director, Data Strategy at Achievement First, Inc.

Senior Director, Talent Development at Achievement First, Inc.

Senior Director, Facilities at Achievement First, Inc.

Vice President, Leadership Development at Achievement First, Inc.
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Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with Honors 
Providence College (also known as Providence or "PC") is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located about two miles west of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, United States, the state's capital city. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Friars.
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In 1976, Dr. John Sperling founded University of Phoenix and made a commitment to provide working adults with local higher education options at convenient class times.

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n 1998, a group of New Haven founders came together with a clear goal in mind: to prove that urban students can achieve at the same high levels as their affluent suburban counterparts. Confronted by the popular attitude that demographics were destiny, we decided that the best way to address the problem was to change the system. We set out to create a public charter school—Amistad Academy—that would enable its students to achieve at high levels. Over the last 10 years, Amistad Academy has produced Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results that have shattered the notion that "those kids can't learn." For the past seven years, Amistad Academy students—100 percent of whom are selected by blind lottery, 78 percent of whom receive free and reduced lunch and 98 percent of whom are African American or Hispanic—have beat state averages in reading and math, demonstrating that they can achieve on par with their wealthiest peers statewide. In June 2003, we created a separate 501(c)3 non-profit, Achievement First, with the goal of using Amistad Academy's knowledge and best practices to have a greater impact. We opened the second school, Elm City College Preparatory, in 2004 and expanded the model to include elementary grades. In fall 2005, under the leadership of New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, Achievement First expanded into Brooklyn. One of Klein's core reform strategies was to locate high-performing public charter schools in New York's lowest-performing districts. Achievement First opened two new schools in central Brooklyn—Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School and Achievement First East New York Charter School. The Brooklyn network continued to grow in 2006 with the opening of Achievement First Bushwick Charter School and Achievement First Endeavor Charter School, followed in 2008 by Achievement First Brownsville. Thanks to changes in Connecticut charter law, we were also able to open Amistad Academy High School and Amistad Academy Elementary School, paving the way for Connecticut's first K to 12 public charter school. Achievement First's Connecticut network was able to expand into Bridgeport with a new middle school in 2007 and, in 2008, into Hartford with new elementary and middle schools. Achievement First has grown into a network that includes 22 schools in four cities. In 1999, Amistad Academy opened with 84 fifth and sixth graders. Now, in the 2012-13 school year, Achievement First is serving 7,000 students in grades K to 12.
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AMISTAD ACADEMY, INC. WAS INCORPORATED TO FOCUS ON STREGTHENING THE ACADEMIC AND CHARACTER SKILLS NEEDED FOR ALL STUDENTS TO EXCEL IN TOP TIER COLLEGES, TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD, AND TO SERVE AS THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE SCHOOL SERVES STUDENTS FROM LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT. THE SCHOOL OPERATED CLASSES FOR STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELFTH GRADES.

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North Park University is an accredited institution of higher education. The University offers over 50 undergraduate majors and concentrations of study, pre-professional programs and certificates. The University also has a variety of graduate degree programs offered through the School of Business and Non-Profit Management, School of Nursing, School of Education and School of Music. The University also has a School of Adult Learning offering an undergraduate degree completion program as well as a graduate degree in Counseling.

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