Welcome our new Executive Director
EPIC’s newest leader, Executive Director LeeAndra Khan, is an accomplished educator who has served in a variety of roles throughout her career including CEO, principal, assistant principal, and math teacher. A proud South Sider and graduate of Chicago Public Schools, LeeAndra is a proponent of school choice and is deeply committed to providing opportunities and environments that enable students of color to maximize their potential.
LeeAndra began her career as a civil engineer, working for 10 years at some of Chicago’s top engineering firms. Her passion for improving the lives of Chicago youth compelled her to transition to the education sector 15 years ago.
LeeAndra has the perfect blend of the passion, experience, knowledge, and dedication that we need to continue EPIC’s upward trajectory. We are fortunate that she will be leading our school to new heights of success.
A lot has changed in our city due to the double epidemic of the coronavirus and civil unrest, which have disproportionately impacted lower-income and communities of color like ours. However, LeeAndra’s commitment to ensuring that our students excel remains the same. LeeAndra embodies resilience (like our students) and remains steadfast in her efforts to lead our school through these challenging times.
Please join us in warmly welcoming LeeAndra to the EPIC family! Learn more about this talented educational leader by reading her bio below.
LeeAndra Khan currently serves as a leader in the charter school world as the Executive Director of EPIC Academy. She is working to redesign and innovate the school experience for students of color to ultimately improve student outcomes. LeeAndra is a 2019 Chicago Urban League/University of Chicago Booth School of Business Impact Fellow. Through this fellowship, she increased her skill in all areas of executive leadership through a historical and political lens. LeeAndra is a guest author for the Chicago Reporter Magazine and Education Post writing about equity, access and other issues we face in education. She also serves as a faculty member of ASCD traveling the country coaching leaders as well as sharing best practices to schools and districts.
LeeAndra has been the CEO of a multi-school charter network, Civitas Education Partners as well as a middle school principal in one of Chicago’s most diverse suburbs. She worked in Chicago Public Schools for 10 years as a high school principal, assistant principal and math teacher. Before beginning her journey into education, she spent 10 years as a Civil Engineer in some of Chicago’s largest firms (Parsons Brinckerhoff, A. Epstein & Sons, and Patrick Engineering). After designing roads, highways, gas stations and bridge inspections, she decided to take her skills and share them with the children of Chicago.
LeeAndra is a board member for Link Unlimited Scholars and an Associate Board member of Chicago Scholars. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Chicago State University’s College of Education.