Judy began her career as a third-grade teacher in the Harlem section of New York City in 2003 and later became the founding principal of an elementary school in East New York, Brooklyn. Most recently, she served as the Managing Director of Principal Preparation for a rapidly scaling Texas based charter network. In that role, she helped set the vision and strategy for leadership development and prepared over 75 aspiring principals for the principalship.
Judy’s experience as a teacher, principal, and leadership coach she has consistently sought to help create affirming environments for Black boys and young men. In August of 2016, she self-published her first book titled, ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living, and Loving to amplify the beauty, brilliance, and humanity of Black men and boys across the country. February 2017, Judy launched The ExceptionAL Project, an extension of that book.
Judy's unwavering passion for education is rooted in her commitment to ensuring that all young people live in communities and attend schools where they can learn and thrive. Her experience as a principal taught her that schools alone will not be able to achieve systemic change. She believes it will take sustained collaborative effort from all stakeholders to radically transform school and life outcomes for our kids, especially those who continue to be marginalized. Judy strives to honor the voices and lived experiences of the communities she serves so that change efforts reflect their vision and aspirations.
Judy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University, a Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from CUNY Graduate Center.