Erica Jordan-Thomas is an education leadership doctoral candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously served as principal of Ranson I.B. Middle School, a Title I school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district that has met and exceeded growth expectations defined by the state during her tenure. Ranson I.B was one of the first schools in the nation to implement an Opportunity Culture, expanding the reach of effective teachers through the use of technology and instructional coaching, while paying them more through new teacher leader positions. Erica shared Ranson I.B.’s journey in implementing an Opportunity Culture in her Tedx Talk entitled “How Do We Pay Our Teachers More?” Ranson I.B. was named in “65 Elementary and Middle Schools to Visit” by GettingSmart.com. Prior to serving as principal, Erica served as an assistant principal, New Leaders resident principal, instructional coach, and teacher.
Erica has been recognized as an influential educational leader by such prominent organizations as Teach For America, Relay Graduate School of Education, and the Congressional Black Caucus. She has been featured in publications from NPR to Teach For America's One Day Magazine. She was named in Charlotte Agenda's 30 Under 30 and received the New Leader Award from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Erica is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Relay Graduate School of Education. She serves on The Collective National Advisory Board, Teach For America’s Alumni of Color Association. Erica is Founder and Principal of EJT Consulting, LLC.