Meet David Spencer: Founding school leader for KIPP Indy’s first high school

KIPP Indy is proud to introduce the leader of our future high school, David Spencer. David was selected as a recipient of the prestigious Fisher Fellowship, a year-long program that supports all school leaders who are opening new KIPP schools as they design and refine their school model. During his fellowship, he has had the opportunity to visit KIPP schools and other high-performing high schools around the country to see first-hand what is working and develop a plan to implement those strategies in our community. After starting the program over the summer, he is excited to continue to prepare for the opening of the school throughout this next school year. David took a unique path to the field of education. He was mentoring youth in urban schools while interning at the court house on his path to law school when he made a troubling connection. “While I was sitting in the jury box every day, I noticed a trend: men who look like me were receiving disproportionately long sentences for their crimes, and there was a connection between what I saw in the court room and the schools where I volunteered. I saw students in 6th grade getting low grades and getting in trouble, then getting suspended in 8th grade, and then in high school they would get caught stealing. Their behavior was directly linked to how they were performing academically and the opportunities and supports for them were lacking.” That’s when David knew he wanted to get involved in education. While teaching at Fondren Middle School in Houston, he realized the opportunities education could offer and knew he...