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Wilson Takes Helm of Great Oaks NYC
Veteran educator Timberly Wilson has accepted the offer extended by the board of the Great Oaks Charter School of New York City to become the school’s Executive Director. Ms. Wilson had been operating in that role for several months in an acting capacity. GO Foundation Executive Vice President Josh Thomases led the search committee, which included a parent, a student, trustees and several members of the school staff. One of the biggest testaments to Ms. Wilson’s commitment and belief in the school? The fact that her son is enrolled as an 8th grade student there.
Prior to coming to Great Oaks NYC several years ago to lead the middle school, she worked at the GO Foundation as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment. Prior to that she had been an English teacher and school administrator for many years, developed an expertise with the Reading Plus literacy program and also worked at the Harlem Children’s Zone. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Wilson will oversee both the middle and high school grades, manage the school’s budget, oversee charter renewal, participate in the long-term facility search and conduct community outreach.
Avid film buffs may know that this is not the first time that Ms. Wilson, a one-time actress, has accepted the role of school leader. In the 2010 short film, Lost Without You, Ms. Wilson played Deniece Landeryou, principal of the fictional Easton High School. As Ms. Wilson can attest, the drama at Great Oaks New York City routinely eclipses the experience of her fictional counterpart.