Dr. Wanda Billingsly

Founding Executive Director

New Horizons Academy

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Dr. Wanda Billingsly is the founding Executive Director of New Horizons Academy.  She is a widely recognized educator, administrator, and innovator with a 28-year track record of success in diverse settings.  Her specialty is expanding educational access and raising achievement among  students who are under-served and disenfranchised in traditional settings.

She has served on numerous committees shaping educational policy and addressing issues of social justice and equity across Washington State.  She continues to serve on the state Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee to which she was appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2010. She also was appointed to serve on the Higher Education and K-12 Partnership committees by Gov. Gregoire, both distinguished honors.

Dr. Billingsly has served as an elementary school teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, a university faculty member, an associate college dean, and a central office administrator in a major urban school district.  Her doctoral dissertation, which she successfully defended in 2015, was entitled "Preparing Teachers to Close the Achievement Gap Through use of Culturally Responsive Practice: Changes in Pedagogical Practice."