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Yutaka Tamura

Founder and Senior Advisor

Yutaka founded Excel Academy in 2003 and currently serves as a senior advisor to the organization. Prior to founding Excel, Yutaka participated in the prestigious and rigorous year-long Building Excellent Schools Fellowship Program that prepares BES Fellows to design, found, lead, and sustain a high-performing, high-expectations urban charter school. Yutaka returned to Excel in June 2012 after four years as COO of Relay Graduate School of Education. Yutaka was the lead founder and executive director of the original Excel Academy from 2003 until 2008. He left to take on the role of COO at Teacher U in New York City, a new teacher training program launched in 2008 and designed to prepare teachers to lead their predominantly urban students like those enrolled at Excel Academy to demonstrable annual achievement gains. In 2011, Teacher U, renamed Relay Graduate School of Education, became the first independent graduate school of education chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 80 years. Yutaka is a graduate of Amherst College.