Abe Correa will join Avenues as an associate division head for the Secondary Division. He is an experienced educator with a proven track record working in diverse settings and building high achieving teams of educators.
Abe joins Avenues from Harlem Village Academies in New York, where he has served as high school principal. During this time, Abe improved academic achievement and professional development by focusing on student, family and faculty culture. He implemented robust advisory programs, built high -achieving faculty teams and created meaningful opportunities for parent participation.
Prior to his time at Harlem Village Academies, Abe was director of High Tech High International School in San Diego, California. In this role, Abe drove school success by strengthening relationships and creating a culture of growth. One of his signature rituals was to meet weekly with students from grades 9 through 12 for actionable feedback. This resulted in various school changes, one of which was increased collaboration between students and teachers on project design.
In 2008, Abe founded Urban Action Academy and was high school principal for five years. Urban Action Academy was opened within a school community identified as persistently dangerous, and had a low graduation rate. During his leadership, the graduation rates more than doubled and the community became crime free. In order to drive school development, Abe successfully secured competitive education grants, most notably, a Gates Foundation Grant to be used for the first five years of the school’s existence.
Abe is committed to social justice through education, teacher empowerment and community outreach. Throughout his career, he has coordinated work with multiple organizations to support underserved communities while enhancing instructional programs.
Abe started his career as an English Language Arts educator. First, at Middle School 246 in New York, where he taught grades 6 through 8, led teacher training, curriculum implementation, strategic planning and community service initiatives. He then became a literacy coach at Manhattan Middle School 328, also in New York.
Abe earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in comparative literature. He has completed coursework at Bank Street College and has a masters in public school administration from Baruch College at the City University of New York.
In his free time, Abe enjoys reading, hiking, long distance walks, galleries, public gardens, architecture tours, volunteering, spending hours and hours at interesting coffee house and long periods of silent time.