Kara Backman, M.Ed.Associate - CT3
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Kara Backman, M.Ed.



Kara brings a unique combination of passion and real-world experience to her work with educators. She has successfully turned around 15 schools as an associate with CT3. Results speak for themselves in the rave reviews she receives from the professionals she trains. For the last 18 years, she has demonstrated her skill and dedication to underserved youth as an outstanding teacher and highly recognized principal.


Currently, Kara serves as the Director of Secondary Education for Denair Unified School District, where she turned around Denair High School in two years while simultaneously building grades 6-12 programming. She has worked endlessly with stakeholders to ensure Career Technical Education Pathways for Denair students and creating a Portrait of a Graduate for all district students. She is the founding principal of Aspire Vanguard College Preparatory Academy, a 6-12 Early College High School located in Empire, CA. While at both Summit Charter Academy and University Charter School, they were named California Distinguished Schools.


Kara is a Stanford Principal Fellow and most recently nominated to present at ACSA Institute as an impactful women leader. She holds her Masters in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University and her clear administrative credential with the State of California.


In the January/February 2017 issue of Leadership Magazine, Kara and colleague William Sprankles wrote their observations on the qualities every school leader should seek when interviewing and hiring highly effective educators.

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