Katie Yezzi is the Founding Principal of True North Troy Preparatory Charter Elementary School, an Uncommon School in Upstate New York. She taught for eight years in public middle and high schools in Northern and Southern California. She also served as English department head, school-wide reform coordinator, and subsequently Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Principal in district and charter high schools in San Francisco. She is a graduate of New Leaders, a nationally acclaimed program dedicated to training effective urban school principals. In 2008, she began working with Doug Lemov on teacher and instructional leader development related to Teach Like a Champion. Ms. Yezzi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Civilization and her Master of Arts in Teaching English from Brown University. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two children.