Marquitta T. Speller is an educational leader with more than 15 years of experience. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Rochester, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Marquitta decision to become an educator was born from a desire to provide equity and access for students of color. She believes that all students can succeed with the right resources and support. She intentionally pursued teaching and leadership opportunities in areas where young people were experiencing the most challenges. As a former high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director, she never settled for mediocrity from her students or staff.
Marquitta is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and the College of Staten Island. Her research focuses on culturally relevant leadership, school reform, college and career readiness, and college persistence with a special emphasis on Black and Brown students. Marquitta is also the Chief Academic Officer at Excellence Community Schools and CEO of Ivy Learning Services.