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Nikolas Howard is the founding Executive Director of Teach For America-California Capital Valley. Nik joined Teach For America in 2003 as a middle school special education teacher in Philadelphia, has coached new teachers in New York City Public Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District, and has served as an Assistant Principal and Principal at View Park Prep Middle School in Los Angeles. In his four years at View Park, he and his dedicated teachers and students collectively raised the school's Academic Performance Index to a high of 822 and a similar schools rank of 10 out of 10. Upon relocating to northern California, he served as the founding Director of the Sacramento READS Literacy by Third Grade campaign. In 2012, Nik and a committed group of supporters launched Teach For America in Sacramento. Since launching, Teach For America-Capital Valley has grown from 16 teachers serving in 6 Sacramento schools and 80 local alumni to over 50 teachers serving in almost 30 schools in Sacramento, Stockton, Avenal and Delano, with over 250 local alumni.