Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Selects New Principal

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Middle School Selects New Principal

Julia Rich will lead the school, recently partnered with Green Dot Public Schools to improve outcomes for students


May 26, 2021 (Beaumont, TX) -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, newly led by Green Dot Public Schools Southeast Texas, is pleased to announce the selection of Julia Rich to be the school’s new Principal. Ms. Rich is in her ninth year in education and most recently served as an Assistant Principal for KIPP Texas Public Schools. She was selected through a competitive process that included input from the community of stakeholders at King Middle School including teachers, staff, and district leadership.  


“We are thrilled to welcome Julia to Beaumont and know that her leadership, passion, and perspective will be invaluable to growing our students’ academic success,” says Chris “Cliff” Claflin, Executive Director of Green Dot Public Schools Southeast Texas. “We can’t wait to see the great things to come from her leadership at King Middle School.” 


“We are excited to welcome Ms. Rich as the new leader at King Middle School,” states Anetra Cheatham, BISD Chief Innovation Officer. “We were impressed with Ms. Rich's passion and enthusiasm for the work ahead and look forward to an outstanding partnership and great opportunities for our students.”


Green Dot partnered with the Beaumont Independent School District to improve Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. In May 2020, the district put out a ‘Call for Quality Schools’ and selected Green Dot to support King Middle and its educational program beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. Green Dot will aim to quickly grow students’ academic proficiency and improve the school’s accountability rating, while preparing all students for college, leadership, and life.


“I am thrilled to be joining this community,” says Julia Rich. “My North Star is cultivating lifelong learners. Seeing students grow their capacity to learn and achieve is why I joined education.” 


Green Dot Public Schools is a noted national expert in turnaround schools and transformations. Green Dot currently operates six turnaround schools in Los Angeles and Memphis, has been recognized by the US Department of Education under the Obama administration as a high-quality operator, and its schools are in the top 25% of academic growth for both English language arts and math. 




Green Dot Public Schools is a national charter school network of 25 Title I middle and high public schools in Tennessee, Texas, and California that are purposefully located in the highest-need communities. Our mission is to transform the landscape of public education so all students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.