In many respects Kim Dacres ’08 does not fit the mold of the traditional principal. Growing up, Dacres remembers all of her principals as old, white men. She’s a twenty-eight-year-old, black woman from the Bronx.
In four years at Williams, Dacres served as a JA, student body president, and a leader of the BSU and Sankofa. Despite these accomplishments, she entered senior year unsure of her path. On a suggestion from a friend she applied to Teach for America and ended up returning to her hometown of the Bronx.
Six years later, she is at the helm of a charter school in Harlem that is dedicated to empowering students to be active citizens. She spends her days participating in sixth grade classroom discussions, leading meetings with teachers and parents, and answering phone calls from students seeking advice. Last year, she was able to bring two of her favorite pastimes from Williams to the school: step dancing and rugby. I met Dacres a few days before the start of the school year to learn about her journey into the world of education.