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Professional Summary

Visionary education leader with over twenty-five years of public and private educational leadership experience; Proven track record of building organizational excellence and igniting innovation and growth; Passionate advocate for under-served youth; Leader in technology’s use in transforming teaching and learning; Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with high Emotional Intelligence; Expertise in building employee capacity to achieve goals; Seasoned educational trainer and presenter with ability to engage diverse audiences; Highly adaptive to organizational change.


Ed. S. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

George Washington University

M.A. Ed. Education Policy, Planning & Leadership

The College of William and Mary

B.A. Elementary Education

Hiram College

Professional Experience

K12, Inc., Herndon, VA 2014 - Present 

Senior Vice President/General Manager - School Management, 2018 - Present

Lead and oversee all aspects of thirteen blended and online schools across six states including career and technical high school programs with revenue responsibility of $300 million; Establish and cultivate relationships with 501c3 school boards and District leaders to identify risks and provide innovative solutions; Develop strategies for growth and optimization of managed public schools.

Vice President, School Leadership Development and School Support, 2014 - 2018

Designed, developed, and led the implementation of the company’s first suite of school leadership development solutions to improve regional and school based leadership effectiveness; Developed the K12 School Leadership Excellence Framework (LEF) that describes the standards and practices of successful blended and online school leaders; Designed and oversaw execution of xCEL360 School Improvement and Turnaround Model to support struggling schools .

NEW LEADERS, New York, New York 2012 – 2014

Executive Director, Aspiring Principals Program

Led organization’s flagship leadership development program through comprehensive redesign that included improvements to content development and delivery, implementation fidelity across nine program cities, improved support to Resident Principals, as well as improved participant assessment evaluation. Represented New Leaders on Alliance to Reform Education Leadership.

K12, Inc., Herndon, VA 2008 - 2012 

Vice President, Blended Schools, 2009 – 2012

Designed and oversaw innovative blended school models that combined the best practices of face-to-face and online instruction (annual revenue $$27 Million); 

Senior Director, Urban Programs and School Development, 2008 – 2009

Led the research and development of programs and strategies to support at-risk students within various virtual school learning models; Emphasis on Urban Hybrid and blended learning programs.


Principal, Cora Kelly School for Math, Science, and Technology

Led school to increases in student achievement and attainment of highest VA state level Accreditation and Federal NCLB/AYP requirements for all student subgroups.

FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Fairfax County, VA 1999 – 2002

Assistant Principal

NEWPORT NEWS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Newport News, VA 1992 – 1999

Teacher - 1997 Teacher of the Year 


Leadership Entry Planning ∣ Culturally Competent Leadership ∣ Change Management ∣ Strategic Planning and Goal Setting ∣ Growth Mindset for Teachers ∣ Culturally Responsive Pedagogy ∣ Legal Issues for Teachers ∣ Closing the Achievement Gap ∣ Difficult Conversations ∣ Effective Classroom Management ∣ School Culture ∣ Benefits and Challenges of Blended Learning

K12 Uniquely brilliant Campaign

See Darren in national K12 promotional video that highlights the benefits of blended and online learning for K-12 students.

excellence in education Conference panel - san francisco, ca

Reed discusses innovative school design models and the benefits of blended and online education on a distinguished panel at the Excellence in Education Conference.