Dr. Gislaine Ngounou, an education leader and a social justice activist, became chief of staff for the Hartford Public Schools on Aug. 1, 2014.
Born and raised in Cameroon, Ngounou immigrated to the United States to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. Through her work with the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools, she discovered her true calling: to dedicate her life’s work to improving opportunities and outcomes for young people and communities, especially those that have been marginalized and underserved. Ngounou believes in the power of education, organizing, teamwork, narrative and self-empowerment—to help individuals and communities transform themselves, and to bring about a more socially just world.
Prior to joining the Hartford Public Schools, Ngounou served as a doctoral resident to the Superintendent of Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she worked directly with the senior leadership team to improve collaboration, culture, and functioning at the senior level. She was also involved in strategic efforts to improve family and community engagement, and middle school redesign initiatives.
Throughout her career as an educator, Ngounou has served as a teacher, instructional coach, youth development specialist, and academic program director in Kansas City, Missouri, and has worked in consulting and coaching capacities with educational systems and organizations nationally and internationally. She holds bachelor’s, master’s and administration degrees from the University of Missouri system, as well as a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ngounou is proud to call herself a Hartford resident, and is committed to making a difference through her service and leadership to students, families and staff throughout our community.