Isora Bailey

Isora Bailey became the NYC iSchool's principal in August of 2012. Her journey in education began in 1998 when she started her teaching career in Los Angeles where after graduating from UC Berkeley, she served as a Social Studies and English as a Second Language teacher. Following a year at Harvard to earn a Masters in Educational Leadership, she moved back to New York City and joined the New York City Leadership Academy. In 2004, she became the principal of Greenwich Village Middle School. In 2007, Isora joined the Empowerment Schools initiative as an Achievement Coach, working alongside iSchool founder Alisa Berger to support a network of K-12 schools. Isora's primary role was to coach school leaders and teacher teams to increase student achievement through a variety of city-wide initiatives. As part of this work, Isora designed and facilitated the Scaffolded Apprenticeship Model (SAM) Program. In partnership with Baruch College, SAM strengthens distributive leadership in schools and creates an adaptive environment that continuously improves itself through inquiry and practice. Having closely followed the school's growth since its conception, Isora was excited to join the iSchool community and ensure that the school's vision remains its reality.