Faculty and Staff

Kai Blackwood

7G Middle School Special Education Teacher | 4th Street ES

Kai was born on the island of Jamaica and migrated to Washington, DC at the age of five. She attended private parochial schools for most of her education and after being a teacher and a parent of children at Expeditionary Learning schools, Kai wished she had had the same opportunity to learn through the EL model.

Kai was brought to the field of education through working with at-risk youth at the Latin American Youth Center. She began her career in the classroom as an Educational Aide through AmeriCorps. Upon completing her term, Kai applied for an Assistant Teacher position at a newly founded school that was planned to open in the Fall of 2004. That school was Two Rivers!

For the first three years at Two Rivers, Kai worked as an assistant teacher while completing her master’s degree in Elementary Education, and then transitioned into a Lead Teacher role. Suddenly, life took over, change happened and Kai and her family relocated to the West Coast for a few years, where she remained at home to support her family.

Kai is thrilled to be at Two Rivers learning and growing in her teaching practice amongst a community of teachers who are supportive, reflective, and most of all work collectively to ensure that they are all being intentional about facilitating student growth through the Two Rivers mission.