"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela
Erica Jordan-Thomas (often called "EJT" or "JT") is Founder and Principal of EJT Consulting, LLC. Erica's unwavering belief in children fuels her desire to create social change and equity in education ecosystems. She possesses a core belief that an effective school principal, inspired by innovation and empowered by student-centered district conditions, is the key lever in increasing student achievement. Erica also believes that districts must lead for equity in order to best serve all students. Her experience as a school principal manifested a sense of urgency to lead for equity, rethink district policy and reform professional development for school leaders. Through EJT Consulting LLC, Erica seeks to support districts in leading for equity and developing their development strategy to effective support aspiring and current school leaders.
Erica has been recognized as an influential education leader by many prominent organizations including TedxCharlotte, Teach For America (TFA), 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, and was named Charlotte Agenda's 30 Under 30. Her unwavering commitment to growing school leaders has been personified through her numerous presentations at institutions such as TFA's Rural School Leadership Academy, University of Virginia School Turnaround Program, TFA's School Leaders of Color Conference, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Summer Leadership Conference. She has hosted many school districts for professional learning experiences including Fulton County (GA), Ferguson-Florissant (MO), Edgecombe County (NC), North Little Rock (AK), Indianapolis (IN), Broward County (GA), and Colorado Springs (CO).
Erica is a doctoral student in education leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to furthering her education, she served as principal of Ranson IB Middle School, a Title I school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District that has met and exceeded growth expectations defined by the state during her tenure. Under her leadership, Ranson IB was ranked #2 in the district for their growth in English Language Arts and #3 in the district for their growth in Science. Ranson IB 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. Ranson IB was named as one of "65 Elementary and Middle Schools to Visit" by GettingSmart.com. Prior to serving as principal, Erica served as an assistant principal, resident principal, instructional coach, and teacher.
Erica is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Textiles and Clothing and a minor in Business Administration. She holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership from Relay Graduate School of Education. She currently serves on the board for Teach For America-Charlotte and The Collective, Teach For America’s National Alumni of Color Association.
Founder and Principal of EJT Consulting, LLC
Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Former Turnaround School Principal
Former Assistant Principal, Resident Principal, Instructional Coach, and Teacher
Leverage Leadership Institute Cohort 4
New Leaders Cohort 11
Teach For America Alumna
Doctoral Candidate in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Fellow, Leverage Leadership Institute, Relay Graduate School of Education
Intentional Leadership for Executives, Center For Intentional Leadership
Courageous Principals Program, Deloitte
Fellow, National Principals Academy, Relay Graduate School of Education
Assistant Principals Academy, Queens University of Charlotte
School Turnaround Specialist Program, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Resident, Aspiring Principals Program, New Leaders, Inc.
Masters of Education, Relay Graduate School of Education, Instructional School Leadership
Bachelors of Arts, The Ohio State University, Textiles and Clothing
One Day Award Winner, Teach For America Charlotte
The New Leader Award, College of Human Ecology and Education at The Ohio State University
The Collective-Charlotte Catalyst Award Winner
Student Commencement Speaker, Masters of Education Commencement Ceremony, Relay Graduate School of Education
Student Speaker, National Principals Academy Closing Ceremony, Relay Graduate School of Education
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools First Year Teacher of the Year District Finalist