Kieran Palmer-Klein is the director of the middle school at the Woodlawn Campus of the University of Chicago Charter School.
Prior to joining UEI, Palmer-Klein served as a leader of the University YES Academy in Detroit, MI, supervising 14 teachers, designing and leading professional development, facilitating the student discipline system, and managing all interim assessment implementation, data collection, and analysis. While in Boston earning his MEd at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he also served as a resident principal of the award-winning City On A Hill High School. Palmer-Klein began his teaching career as a Teach For America Corps Member at Gage Park High School on Chicago's Southwest Side. During his six-year tenure at Gage Park, 55% of his Advanced Placement biology students passed the end-of-year exam, exceeding the national average for all students, not just students of color. While at Gage Park he also served as the One Goal Graduation Program Director, helping to launch the program and directly mentoring 36 alumni (24 juniors, 12 sophomores) all of whom are currently enrolled in college.
Palmer-Klein earned is BA in biology and psychology from Macalester College, an MEd from Concordia University in literacy, and an MEd in school leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds a certification from the KIPP School Leadership Program.