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Donalda Chumney Selected as Chief Academic Officer for NPS
Posted on 11/11/2020
Donalda Chumney

Donalda Chumney is the recommended candidate for the position of Chief Academic Officer.

An experienced leader who has advanced through a variety of roles within the New York City Department of Education, Chumney brings to Norwalk a vast educational toolkit built on successfully implementing districtwide learning initiatives for staff and students.

Chumney joins Norwalk Public Schools from Community School District 2 in New York City, where she served as superintendent. While in this role, Chumney led professional learning for the district’s 49 K-12 schools and 8 Pre-K sites, serving over 25,000 students in the heart of Manhattan. She also implemented continuous growth efforts to ensure academic proficiency levels, and collaborated with district leaders and teachers to set a coherent district vision and assess school-specific strengths and areas of ongoing development. During her tenure, District 2 academic proficiency levels continued to be the highest of any district in New York City, while suspensions decreased by 33% and special education referrals decreased by more than 200 students.

With a background focused on ensuring educational equity, inclusivity and academic excellence, Chumney previously worked as assistant administrative superintendent of New York City Community School District 15, located in Brooklyn. During her time in this position, she played a key role in the District 15 diversity and integration working group, an innovative, collaborative task force focused on equity in middle schools.

A strong advocate of effective learning and training opportunities for staff, Chumney served as director of implementation of teacher career pathways at the NYCDOE Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality. Prior to this, she conceptualized, created and facilitated a yearlong sequence of professional development for educators, school leaders and staff as director of professional development for the NYC Middle School Quality Initiative.

Chumney began her career in the Bronx as a teacher of students with autism at the Academy for Career and Living Skills. She also held the position of lead inclusion teacher at Bronx High School for the Visual Arts before serving as interim principal at the New York City Leadership Academy. Following these roles, Chumney was principal for four years at Jonas Bronck Academy. During her tenure, Chumney led a college-preparatory middle school serving a diverse range of students.  She also engaged local institutes such as Fordham University and Lehman College as middle school pipeline partners.

Chumney holds a Masters in Urban Education from Temple University, and a Masters in Special Education from Mercy College. She earned a School Building Leader certificate from Baruch College, and a School District Leader certificate from Bank Street College. She also attended the University of Houston and earned credits in curriculum and instruction for social studies education. Chumney received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Government and Economics; Law and Society from American University.

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