Todd Pipkin is the Founding Head of School for The Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte, which opened in 2012. The Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte is an-all boy’s private Christian school, founded by Dr. Philip M. Davis, who was the senior pastor of Nations Ford Community Church. As the Founding Head of School, Todd was instrumental in establishing significant community partnerships, but not limited to, UNC Charlotte Urban Collaborative, Novant Heath, Bo jangles, Johnson & Wales University, Coca-Cola, Speedway Charities, The Foundation of the Carolinas, Simply Language, Tiny Techz, and Promising Pages! The Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte has demonstrated strong academic gains in all four years of its existence. The kindergarten, first, second, and third grades scores from the Iowa national norm test showed that these grades performed above their grade level. Todd was instrumental is developing a year round calendar, student-led conferences, Common Core implementation, school wide mentor initiative, Parent Academies, Mandarin Chinese’s language curriculum, S.T.E.M extended day program, Martial Arts classes, and counseling partnership with Winthrop University. The Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte was just recently selected to participate in the distinguish SEED20 social venture partners campaign.
Prior to the Male Leadership Academy, Todd was the Vice President of Education Services with Edison Learning. As the Vice President of Education Services, Todd was instrumental in improving the school districts of Marlboro and Clarendon County in South Carolina and the Petersburg School District in Petersburg, Virginia. Todd’s insight and guidance helped Clarendon County meet 100% of the districts AYP goals for the 2010-2011 and Marlboro County Schools improved their Math scores by 11%. In Petersburg, Virginia Todd worked with both A.P. Hill and J.E.B Stuart Elementary Schools in providing staff professional development, collaborating community partnerships, and helping both schools in meeting their academic achievement goals.
Prior to Edison Learning he worked as a Principal for an urban charter school in Phoenix, AZ where the school achieved remarkable AIMS scores in Math, Writing and Reading. Phoenix Magazine recognized the school as one of the top Charter schools in Phoenix and by the Arizona Department of Education as providing an exemplary drop-out prevention program. Prior to working in Phoenix, Todd was a Principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district and was part of the only successful school conversion in the country. Supported by the Coalition of Essential Schools and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the project converted a large high school into five smaller schools as a school reform initiative. Newsweek Magazine recognized the project in 2007 and 2008 as one of the top 1000 high schools in America.
Todd was also part of the school administration in 2004 that opened Willow Canyon High school in Surprise, Arizona. The school went from 700 students its first year to 3000 in the third year of operation. This school also received strong academic gains. The school received a substantial grant from GEAR UP, which allowed Todd to develop strong parental programs, community center within the school, strong diversity programs, and a strong staff development model. Todd has also taught graduate level course at Ottawa University to students seeking to become school administrators.
Todd is activity involved in the community by being a member of the New Generation of African American Philanthropists, The Mayors Mentoring Alliance, City of Charlotte My Brothers Keepers Initiative, ACCESS Charlotte, National Black Child Development Institute (BCDI), Southeastern University Advisory board, and Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Todd holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Phoenix; a B.A in Liberal Arts and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.