Welcome to week four of Leaders of the New Schools! This week, we turn the spotlight to Bob Nardo, Head of School for Libertas School at Brookmeade, a neighborhood public charter school offering a Montessori component to students in Frayser.

lotns_bob-nardoBob Nardo has worked in urban education for over a decade. He came to Tennessee in January of 2012 to serve as the founding Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee Achievement School District. Previously, Bob worked as the COO of the KIPP schools in Newark, New Jersey, and in a similar role at the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago—two of the highest-performing school networks in the country serving low-income and minority students.

Nardo’s classroom experience includes directing a middle school band, elementary guided reading groups, and high school philosophy courses. He earned a bachelor’s degree at American University and a master’s at the University of Chicago. Most recently, Bob completed a yearlong school leadership fellowship with the Tennessee Charter School Center. He and his wife Sara live on a small farm in Memphis 38127 with their four children.

“…I’m excited about bringing a private school-quality education like Montessori into a free, public school right in our neighborhood,” said Nardo. “Families in Frayser should not have to leave our neighborhood or pay thousands of dollars in tuition to access a program like this.”


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