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Co-Founder/Executive Director

Dr. Angela Lang

Dr. Angela Lang is a veteran educator who was born and raised and now resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “My extended family has lived in Tuscaloosa for more than nine decades. I ultimately became a first-generation college graduate. My education allowed me to elevate my family from poverty. As an educator, I wish to pour into others what was poured into me while disrupting the current systems that do not affirm us as students and education leaders of color.”

Through the Build Track of the Building.Excellent.Schools (BES) Fellowship, Angela will propose a school centered around helping students identify their passions and purposeful careers through an education model based on academic rigor, relationship-driven culture, and relevant learning experiences. Dr. Lang is also a New Schools for Alabama 2023 Founding Principal Cohort member.

Over more than 20 years, Angela has taught at and led schools in five states, survived Hurricane Katrina while working in New Orleans, was a principal in Tennessee, and served at the Tennessee Department of Education. As an administrator, she served as a turnaround principal, helping to elevate a low-performing elementary school to exemplary status. She helped to lead a $30M Personalized Learning Technology Initiative in North Carolina before serving as the founding principal of Pike Road High School in Alabama. Most recently, she was a director at Pike Roads Schools in Pike Roads, Alabama, where she helped to open a K-8 school, followed by a high school, and established comprehensive career and technical programs.

 Angela earned her Bachelor’s in history from Augusta State University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of New Orleans, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from the American College of Education.

Co-Founder/Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Lucretia Prince

Dr. Lucretia Prince has more than twenty years of experience in education. She has served as a classroom teacher, adjunct professor, and building administrator within these years. Under her leadership, she has turned around low-performing schools and established a thriving culture that continues to yield success. Under her leadership, Crestmont Elementary School and Davis-Emerson Middle School in Tuscaloosa County was named as one of 30 schools across the U.S. named a 2022 and 2024 Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Dr. Prince received a resolution from the Alabama State Board of Education recognizing her for her strong leadership that resulted in school improvement and spearheading innovative practices that positively impacted school culture and climate. Dr. Prince had the opportunity to present at the 30th Annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida. She has been sought out to speak at several conferences and schools nationwide. 

She serves as a Lead Mentor Administrator for the Principal Candidate Residency Program. She provides support to building principles with different school districts. Dr. Prince is highly sought after as an educational coach and consultant and an energetic motivational speaker. She shares her story of adversity and triumph. She uses her trials to fuel her and motivate her to keep pushing no matter what. Dr. Prince uses her life story to serve as an example for others that despite adversity, trials, and setbacks, you must believe in yourself and know that you can be “Whatever” you want to be. Sometimes, our most difficult test uncovers our greatest strengths and teaches us how to lead from a place of purpose and passion.

 Dr. Prince is the CEO and Founder of I Dream Big Summer Academy, an academy created to decrease summer learning loss among K-8th grade students. She started the program with 15 students, and now the program serves more than 275 students. She always dreamed of the summer academy becoming a school one day. Dr. Prince is known for her expertise in creating a thriving climate and culture and supporting differentiated instruction through Professional Learning Communities.

Dr. Prince is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, educator, administrator, motivational speaker, ordained minister, and author of three books. She is known as a CHANGE AGENT and a Transformation Leader. She is a fearless and dedicated advocate for students. Her mission is to inspire and motivate children to “Dream Big” and strive for excellence in whatever they do.

Board of Directors

LaTanya Collier


Senior level FAC-Project/Program Manager; Office of Mission Support, Acquisition Division for U.S Veteran Administration

Victoria Boman


Vice President at Stillman College; Office of Recruitment and Enrollment

Michele Coley


Agency Owner at Allstate

Shernay Wells


Public Health Environmentalist

Rufus Williams

Board Member

Retired law enforcement officer, US Marshal Court Security Officer.

Charisse Stokes

Board Member

President, Tidal Technologies

Freddie Washington

Board Member

Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, Pastor

Brad Newman

Board Member

Workforce Development, Entrepreneur

Tyshawn Gardner

Board Member

Associate Professor, Preministerial Scholars Director at Samford University

Ira Hodges

Board Member

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Corey A. Savage

Board Member

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Jon Wade

Board Member

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).