Superintendent, 10th year at St. HOPE
Kari Wehrly began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member teaching 6th grade math in the rural region of Wahiawa, Hawaii. In her first year of teaching she led 78% of her students to score proficient or advanced on the Hawaii State Assessment compared to her schools highest historical achievement of 55% and the districts highest of 72%. Kari then went on to work with the Complex Area Superintendent as a district instructional coach focused on supporting principals in implementing data informed instruction, providing instructional support to the districts highest need teachers and developing the first ever complex area plan aimed to develop every teacher into a highly effective instructor. Kari spent a summer as a Corps Member Advisor for Teach For America where she implemented a rigorous training plan for twelve beginning teachers, developed and delivered curriculum sessions, conducted daily observations and provided teachers with critical feedback to improve their effectiveness in the classroom. Kari initially joined St. HOPE as a 6th grade math teacher and grade level chair before spending five years as the Principal of PS7. In her time at PS7 Kari worked to develop a consistent, highly effective administration team that worked under her leadership to ensure smooth school-wide operations, strong school and classroom culture and rigorous and aligned common core instruction in every classroom. Kari is dedicated to the scholars, families and staff at St. HOPE Public Schools and is committed to ensuring that all scholars are put on the path to and through college at each step in their educational journey. Kari now leads our schools as the Chief of Schools.