Kids First Beloit, a local non-profit organization, manages The Lincoln Academy through its Board of Directors. This governing board is responsible for overseeing the operation of The Lincoln Academy, and decision-making about how to serve students and families. The Board of Directors will also be responsible for ensuring the school is accountable for the performance expectations included in the charter contract. Decisions about classroom instruction, staff, and school culture will be made at the school level by the Chief Education Officer, Dr. Kristi Cole.
Dr. Cole will be responsible for leading efforts to launch The Lincoln Academy and will oversee educational programming and operations for the school. Dr. Cole was unanimously recommended by a hiring committee composed of members of the Kids First Beloit Board, the Beloit 200 Education Committee and The Lincoln Academy Advisory Council. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Milwaukee College Prep, a high-performing K8 urban charter network serving 2,000 scholars in Milwaukee. Dr. Cole has worked as a consultant with Kids First Beloit on this project since August 2019.
Dr. Cole received her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from the UW-Milwaukee. She holds Masters’ Degrees in Library and Information Science and Administrative Leadership, a Ph.D. in Service and Leadership and a Wisconsin Superintendent’s License. In addition to her experience at Milwaukee College Prep, Dr. Cole served as a School Leadership Coach for Schools That Can Milwaukee. She was the Principal at Humbolt Park K-8 School, a premiere multi-cultural charter school in Milwaukee Public Schools, Project Director for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative and the Director of Diversified Community Schools. Dr. Cole also served as the Chief Charter School Officer under the direction of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.
Dr. Cole would like the community to know, “I have had the wonderful opportunity to engage with many community members n Beloit and I am excited to be part of this incredible city. My mission in life has been serving children to ensure they get a quality public education and I cannot wait to share my expertise and passion with the Beloit community. I am honored to be selected as the founding CEO of The Lincoln Academy and I look forward to establishing a highly successful, rigorous and joyful K-12 charter school where all children will be provided a quality education that prepares them for a choice-filled life.”