Nikki Bowen became the Principal at Excellence Girls Charter School Elementary Academy after working as an Uncommon Schools Instructional Fellow at Leadership Prep Ocean Hill where she learned best practices for leading a highly effective charter school. Previously, Nikki taught first and second grade and served as the Dean of Students at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant. Nikki was a 2008 Teach for America corps member. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with a Certificate in African-American Studies from Princeton University. While at Princeton, Nikki founded the Princeton Inmate Outreach Project to help inmates acquire basic educational skills necessary for reintegration into society once released. She has a strong interest in prison reform and alternatives to incarceration and wrote her senior thesis titled A Mother’s Hope: An Ethnography of a Mother Supporting her Incarcerated Son while at Princeton. She believes an education is the key to success.
Director of Operations
Felix Li is the Elementary Academy Director of Operations at Excellence Boys. Mr. Li holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies and Sociology from Duke University and a Masters of Science in Teaching from Pace University. Prior to joining Excellence Boys, he taught at MS 324 and was the Founder and President/COO of Teacher Space NY. Felix is an alumnus of Teach For America.