Over the last 20 years, Nataki has been a teacher, principal, principal coach, manager, and a cabinet officer. She was the founding principal of the Evans Campus of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school that focuses on rigorous instruction, deep student-staff connections, supportive culture, and college preparation for students who have experienced trauma and failure before attending Maya. While principal, she led the school to receive a Silver Gain Award for student achievement gains, a first for an alternative school, and sent over 95 percent of each graduating class off to college. While director of school support for the Washington D.C., office of New Leaders, Nataki connected a community of nearly 100 New Leaders from previous cohorts to serve as living classrooms for the aspiring cohort of leaders.
Nataki is a results-focused educator who has worked to ensure teachers and leaders have the skills necessary to drive continuous improvement for schools and their communities. She has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from George Washington University. She recently became a first-time auntie, has traveled to eight of sixteen West African countries, and has never tasted coffee!
Click here to read Nataki’s post on our blog where she shares easy ways that teachers can move beyond the foundational elements of strong relationships with their students in order to drive achievement and cultivate a culturally relevant classroom. Nataki wrote this meaningful piece on our blog in the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting, on how No-Nonsense Nurturers can respond when tragedy strikes, even in another state. Her article on intentional planning for collaborative groups can be found in the April 2019 issue of ASCD Express. Her piece on school segregation and how educators can begin to build on the foundation set by Brown v. Board of Education appeared in a special series in The 74 commemorating the 65th anniversary of the landmark case.