William Akridge is an Eastern Shore of Maryland native and lifelong educator with a passion for helping others and improving the failing public education system. After earning his BS in management from Georgia Tech, William began his education career as an ESL classroom teacher in South Korea, working with urban youth to increase their proficiency in English. After returning to the U.S., William spent two years in outdoor education in Colorado and California before starting his Credential/Masters program at UC Davis. During his time in California, he completed his Masters in Education, gained his teaching credential, and was the teacher of record in mathematics at a largely Hispanic public high school.
Hoping to leverage his skills and education expertise for a broader impact, William moved to Viet Nam to work on an education project for the East Meets West Foundation funded by the World Bank. As a program officer, he facilitated access to upper secondary education for more than 7,000 rural disadvantaged Vietnamese 10th-12th graders. Through dedication and hard work, William was instrumental to the success of the program in its creation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation phases.
William currently resides in the DC area and is helping solve the area’s current education crisis working as an Operations and Advancement Officer for Excel Academy Public Charter School for girls.
He has recently founded Maryland Eastern Shore Charter School Alliance, MESCSA, in an effort to bring choice of quality public education to the students and parents of Cambridge, Dorchester County, and the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland as a whole. He leads the group hoping to found Dorchester Preparatory Public Charter School in the fall of 2013.
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