Nikhil Kawlra

Prior to joining Transcend, Nikhil was the founder and Head of School at Collegiate Hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Under his leadership, Collegiate Hall’s staff and students consistently achieved outstanding results: an average of more than 1.5 years growth in math, reading, and science per school year, the highest scores in Tulsa on student perception data, and 94% parent satisfaction. Collegiate Hall was selected to be a part of Valor Collegiate Academies’ Compass Camp, and worked to implement Valor’s Compass Circle model for social emotional learning.

In addition to his work at Collegiate Hall, Nikhil founded the Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma, which provides practice-based professional development to novice teachers and school leaders across Oklahoma. The organization works in partnership with local school districts to develop and implement a novice teacher training program and with school leaders across Oklahoma to hone their skills as cultural, academic, and operational leaders. 

Prior to his work in Oklahoma, Nikhil worked for DSST Public Schools in Denver, Colorado and was a founding teacher at Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a 2007 Teach For America Corps Member and a 2013 Building Excellent Schools Fellow. 

Nikhil holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master’s Degree in Physiology from Georgetown University. He was a 2019 Leverage Leadership Institute Fellow at RELAY Graduate School of Education. 

Nikhil lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, listening to podcasts, and cheering on his hometown sports teams.  


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