Monique Brinson

Principal, Sankofa Academy,
Oakland Unified School District

Monique Brinson come to Sankofa Academy after years of experience as an assistant principal at Fruitvale Elementary in Oakland (2007-2008) and at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, California (2005-2007). In 2008 she was the summer school principal at New Highland Academy. Before that, she spent ten years teaching in Massachusetts, nine of those as a founding teacher at one of Boston’s first elementary pilot schools.

She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Wheelock College, and earned her principal’s credential from Northeastern University, where she took part in the Principal Residency Network (PRN) program, one of the first in the country to implement a “residency model” for administrators. PRN played a key role in developing small/pilot school leaders in Boston. She spent her undergraduate years at Boston College, where she majored in Sociology and Black Studies.