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Crenshaw High’s New Principal, Remon Corley photo by Brian W. Carter
Corley is continuing the legacy of nurturing, encouraging and edifying success at Crenshaw High.
“I fell in love with seeing the impact I had on students as a teacher,” said Remon Corley, Principal at Crenshaw High. “It’s been something that has transformed me as a person—I love it.”
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Corley calls himself a “country boy through-and-through,” who attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. After graduation, and earning a degree in Business Administration he moved to Los Angeles.
“I had a plane ticket, $200 dollars and all the clothes I could put in two suitcases,” said Corley. “ I wanted to see what was in L.A.”
In Los Angeles, Corley attended Cal State University Dominguez Hills where he received his Masters in Special Education and Administrative credentials. He is currently working on attaining his doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University.
Corley didn’t have intentions of working in education, but it would become his passion. Most of his education served as a jumping board for Corley moving towards teaching in special education.
“I always had a passion for helping others, mentoring others,” said Corley. “Under the advice of [family]… and what I qualified for because of my multi-subject credential, was either, teach elementary school or become a special education teacher.
“I chose special education because it gave me the flexibility to work in both high school and middle schools.
“It’s the best decision I ever made—loved it.”
Corley started in special education, teaching middle and high school, throughout the LAUSD and Charter school system. He has also served in a leadership position, coaching other special education teachers and providing advisory to faculty and staff. He has served in an assistant principal for a time and worked extensively throughout multiple charter schools.
The position for principal at Crenshaw High was seen as an opportunity to join a fruitful and established educational institute.
“I was looking for a place that I could bring some of the things that I had learned and apply them to a place I could be passionate about,” said Corley. “When I saw the announcement for Crenshaw, I knew that was an opportunity.
“To provide better opportunities for students, to be apart of giving them the opportunities that I had—this was the place.
Corley started this month as acting principal at Crenshaw High and is looking forward to interacting on every level. He hopes to bridge the gap between student and teacher, faculty and staff, education and future.
“There are five core beliefs, that I see are consistent amongst the schools,” said Corley.
“A high expectation for all and that includes students, administration and teachers. We have to hold ourselves to a higher level of professionalism as well as hold our expectations for our students, regardless [of their] backgrounds.
“Next is creating personalized learning environments—whether they be student and teacher, school and community [or] school and parent relationships. Also, personalizing the learning so students receive what they need when they need it and receive regular feedback.
“Third is additional learning time, insuring that we’re maximizing the opportunities students have in school. It’s very important that we’re taking full advantage of the opportunities students already have in school, but also that we’re creating [other] opportunities.
“Focusing on results—I think that it’s really important that we really use our data to determine needs for the school [and] students [to] create…programs that are based on that data. We’re holding each other accountable based on results—not on philosophies, not on opinions, not on agendas, but ‘is this really working for our students?’ We have to be willing to make the changes if it’s not.
“Finally, family and community engagement—the school can’t do it by itself, we really need the involvement of family and the community. Crenshaw has been very fortunate that it has several community partners, several people in the community who are really passionate about this place. We need to make sure that we let parents know that we want them to be apart of [Crenshaw].”
The Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership (GCEP) is one of those partners heavily invested in the success of Crenshaw High. Going into its 5th year, GCEP is composed of groups like the Los Angeles Urban League, Tom & Ethel Bradley Foundation and USC. Corley is working with GCEP to continue lifting Crenshaw even higher.
“[GCEP] has been a great support since day one,” said Corley. “Through the interview process, I got to meet each of them. They have been instrumental in providing any support.
“They’re a valued partner with school and I hope to continue to develop that relationship with them.”
Corley isn’t coming to change Crenshaw but to continue the achievements and goals that have previously been set. He plans to implement a pattern of success that will continue to show that Crenshaw High is one of the premier public schools in the Los Angeles County.
“I’m excited to be here and to be apart of, what I see as a great place,” said Corley. “To really have a true impact on, not only a school, but a community.”