Jeremy Beard brings 25 years of educational experience in K -12 education to the role with a professional background that includes experience as an English Teacher, College Counseling Director, Dean of Students, and Principal for IDEA’s first high school in Donna, TX. Before the end of his tenure, the school became one of America’s Top 20 high schools in the U.S. News & World Report.
Most recently he has served as the Head of Schools at YES Prep Public School in Houston. Beard earned a bachelor’s degree in English and African American studies from the University of Maryland and a master’s in organizational leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Beard has also co-founded a school improvement nonprofit, Blueprint Schools Network, and worked as the National Director of Programs. He still serves on Blueprint’s board of directors.