Our School Leadership

QUIANA MCNEAL: HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Quiana is a Chicago native, hailing from the South Suburbs, but currently residing on the South side of the city. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. After completing undergrad, Quiana went on to study Law and graduated from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Quiana had the opportunity to become immersed in the legal field while working for the County Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Division, however, her work there sparked in her a dedication to education equality as a solution to systematic inequality. Upon returning to Chicago, Quiana joined Teach For America (Corp 2012) and is honored to continue her life’s work working with the students and families at Chicago Collegiate. In her spare time, Quiana enjoys cooking, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three children.

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.