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Nakisha Hobbs

Nakisha Hobbs is the Principal and Co-Founder of Village Leadership Academy (VLA), an independent elementary school where the primary focus is to transform urban youth into global leaders. Nakisha is a  Chicago native and fourth generation educator. She began her journey in community activism as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and she continued her passion to address inequities in education by co-founding It Takes A Village Early Learning Centers in 2004 and VLA in 2007.

VLA serves over 700 students and redefines the purpose of urban education. Innovative components of the school include a practical approach to leadership development, a spiraling world studies and social justice curriculum, and access to global travel through the World Scholars Program.

Nakisha is a 2001 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and received a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Roosevelt University in 2008.