Monday, August 22, 2016

New principal joins Perpich Arts High School

Perpich Arts High School is beginning the 2016-17 school year with a new principal, a Minnesota native who has returned to the state from positions in Chicago, Boston and Newark.


Ahava Silkey-Jones, a native of Northfield, MN, is an accomplished non-profit and education leader. She developed and implemented high-quality arts programming, global education initiatives and innovative models for school improvement in Chicago, Boston and Newark. Silkey-Jones earned an Ed.M. in arts in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.A. in educational leadership from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Silkey-Jones comes to Perpich from the Newark Public Schools where she served as the vice principal for the Girls’ Academy of Newark. Prior to moving east she was an integral component of the arts and education community in Chicago. In her role as the director of fine arts for the University of Chicago Charter School she developed a thriving dance program; designed and led student performance and college tours; and facilitated collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Redmoon Theater and the Logan Center for the Arts. She was recognized by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute as Employee of the Year in 2013 for her extraordinary service, exemplary practice and stellar results.  
She is the co-founder of a non-profit organization, the Professional Theatre and Dance Youth Academy, which provides performing arts programming for schools in under-resourced communities.
“I am committed to working on system-level education initiatives, building school and community partnerships, and improving access to quality arts programming,” Silkey-Jones says. “I have a passion for building community through the arts locally and globally. I am excited to return to Minnesota, champion the vision of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, and embrace the students, families and staff of the arts high school.” 

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