Our School Leadership
TIESHIA ROBINSON: HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Tieshia Robinson is a Texas native who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston-Downtown. Tieshia began her career as a teacher in 2008 and has served at-risk populations ever since. In 2015, Tieshia earned a master’s degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Tieshia has been an instructional leader for the past seven years: Instructional Specialist, Magnet Coordinator, Graduation Coach, and Assistant Principal. Tieshia is coming to us from the Houston Independent School District, where she is Dean of Instruction at Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy.
Tieshia has been a teacher, graduation coach, department coach, magnet coordinator, and assistant principal. Tieshia has coached teachers to successfully increase AP scores, increased student proficiency on STAAR end-of-course testing by 18% so scholars could graduate from HS, and culture systems to support scholars and teachers. She also managed scheduling for a 3,500 student body campus and has experience with the RELAY coaching model.
Tieshia is passionate about fostering pathways for colorful children to reach their fullest potential. She enjoys traveling, binging audiobooks, and loves fresh flowers. Tieshia will be relocating to Chicago with her daughter, six-year-old Tyvi Robinson. Her favorite quote is, “You have to know what sparks the light in you so you can illuminate the world.” Oprah Winfrey
ROBIN WALKER-JOHNSON: MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Robin Johnson is the newly appointed Principal of Chicago Collegiate Middle School, serving 5th – 8th grade. Robin Walker-Johnson is dedicated to serving the students and families of Chicago. Robin is committed to embracing Chicago Collegiate Charter School and the Roseland community.
Prior to joining the team at Chicago Collegiate Charter School, Ms. Walker-Johnson served as a teacher, founding principal and Sr. principal in a Charter School Network. Robin has been in education for over 24 years. This 24 year tenure includes 12 years in leadership. During this time she has been an active member of a design team that gained approval and funding to replicate a Charter School. Ms. Walker-Johnson played an integral role in the Network growing from 1 school to 10 schools. She became the first replicating principal within the Network. Under her leadership this new school ranked number 2 in the city for all Charter and Contract schools their first testing year. Ms. Walker-Johnson has led a school of 600 students K-8th. In addition to leading a K-8th school she supported other leaders within the Network. This work included leading turnaround efforts for 3 schools. All 3 schools under her leadership increased by 1 or more SQRP levels within a year.
In addition to her experience as an instructional leader, she is passionate about the operations and budgeting aspect of school leadership. Ms. Johnson has partnered to acquire additional programs and resources to support the school and Network. Ms. Johnson was responsible for operating a 6 million dollar budget. Ms. Johnson supported her colleagues in understanding how to design the budget to include the resources needed and identified in the instructional plan for the school.
Ms. Walker-Johnson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Chicago State University. Ms. Walker-Johnson has worked tirelessly to stress the importance of graduating from high school and college. Ms. Walker-Johnson understands that every community can achieve. As evidence to this belief, she is proud that she served a community with 99 percent minorities and over 90 percent qualifying for free and reduced lunch and sustained 93% high school graduation rates and 73% matriculation to college. Ms. Walker-Johnson is proud of this work but pushes for the day that 100 percent of the students she serves graduate from high school and college.