Laurie Midgette

Country: United States
School: Cultural Arts Academy Charter School at Spring Creek

Laurie B. Midgette graduated from Freeport High School on Long Island. She served as the last
Principal of Prospect Heights High School and was responsible for leading the transition of Prospect
Heights into a campus of small New Vision High Schools. She served as the Principal of Prospect Heights
for 5 years, winning the Council of Supervisors and Administrators Performance Incentive of $5,000 in 2004
and $10,000 in 2005 and $5,000 in 2006 for improving the academic performance of students within
her school. Prior to this, Laurie Midgette served for 11 years as a teacher, Articulation Coordinator,
Special Education House Coordinator and Assistant Principal English/ESL and Second Languages at
Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York. Additionally, Laurie Midgette has:
o Served as a State Scorer for the NYS Teacher Certification Examinations in Albany, New York.
o Won the Peabody Award for Community Service in Education along with Hillary
o Was named NYC Teacher of the Year by NYC Board of Education and NY Newsday.
o Received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the NYS African Studies Association.
o Served for 10 years as the creator and director of a Multicultural Rites of Passage Program that
took hundreds of teenagers through 13 different workshops culminating in an annual
o Has appeared in feature articles in the NY Times and the City Sun.
o Graduated with a BA from SUNY Albany and holds two Masters’ degrees from the Cornell
University Africana Studies and Research Center where she published a thesis entitled:
“Teacher Certification and the African American: Testing and Other Issues, and Long
Island University where she studied Educational Leadership in Administration and
o Is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization: served as a
DST Centennial Suffrage March Marshal 2013, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2013 and the
Mayor’s Centennial Address Committee January 10, 2013
o Served as the Director of Education for Christian Cultural Center under the leadership of Dr.
AR and Karen Bernard.
o In 2004 and 2011, studied at the Harvard University Principals’ Center and received
certificates in courses entitled, “The Art of Leadership” and in 2007, “Charter Schools: Practices for
High Performance”.
o Served as the President of the New York Alliance of Black School Educators, the New York
affiliate chapter of the 7,000-member National Alliance of Black School Educators
organization, 2006-2008.
o Was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education on October
19, 2009.
o 2010 International Arts Movement Lecture Series, Presenter, Cooper Union
o September 3, 2013 became a member of the International Federation of Christian Chaplains
o Received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Crown Theological Seminary of New England
o Currently serves as the Founding Principal of Cultural Arts Academy Charter School, an
International Baccalaureate Candidate School.