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May 11, 2015

New Orleans Education Leader Joins National Institute for Excellence in Teaching

Kevin Guitterrez to lead NIET’s Services and Partnerships Team

Santa Monica, CA (May 11, 2015)—Dr. Gary Stark, president and CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), announced that Kevin Guitterrez has been appointed as the organization's senior vice president of services and partnerships. In this position, Guitterrez will be responsible for the implementation, management and oversight of NIET services and partnerships, including all trainings, support, materials, resources and Web-based technologies associated with the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement and the NIET Best Practices Center.

NIET’s initiatives advance educator effectiveness through teacher leadership, professional development, educator evaluation and certification, and performance-based compensation. 


Kevin Guitterrez:
Leadership in Louisiana

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Guitterrez comes to NIET from New Orleans, Louisiana, where he spent the last decade improving some of the most challenging schools in the country. He most recently worked as president and COO of ReNEW Schools, which prepares thousands of students for college and careers. Prior to ReNEW, Guitterrez was deputy superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District, where he helped develop innovative initiatives to transform the campuses into successful places for students to learn.

No stranger to NIET's work, Guitterrez served as the TAP System liaison and chief academic officer for the Algiers Charter School Association, whose schools adopted the instructional model in 2008 as a cornerstone of strengthening teaching, learning and whole communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"Kevin brings invaluable experience as a proven leader that has managed the day-to-day operations of a dynamic and growing organization," said Stark. "His knowledge as a leader and educator, combined with a longstanding connection to NIET, will make him a strong asset to our team."

Earlier in his career, Guitterrez worked for the Louisiana Department of Education's Distinguished Educator program and was an administrator and teacher in St. Charles Parish Schools. He served on the Louisiana Department of Education’s Accountability Commission, the Louisiana Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Committee for Teacher Quality and the New Orleans United Way School to Career Advisory Committee.

Guitterrez holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of New Orleans.

Photos are from the Milken Institute Global Conference (2010) and the National TAP Conference (2009), respectively. At the top, Guitterrez is shown with former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. At the bottom, he is pictured with Dennis Dotterer, TAP System executive director for South Carolina. 

Equipped with a diverse staff of educators, researchers and policy experts, NIET forges relationships with states, districts and schools to attract, develop, support and retain high-quality human capital to increase achievement levels for all students. Through its two signature initiatives, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement and the Best Practices Center, NIET is reaching more than 200,000 educators and 2.5 million students.