Dr. Kym Sturdivant is a native of Springfield, MA where he was raised and attended local public schools. He attended Westfield (MA) State University where he earned a BA in Economics and a BS in Finance. During his undergrad years, he played collegiate football for two years before deciding to add a second major and focus on his academics.
He was very active on campus and was a founding member of the National Finance Honor Society and President of the Business Club. During his junior year, he joined Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he served as the Vice Polemarch (President) for two years and eventually became the chapter advisor after graduating.
In 2006, Dr. Sturdivant started his teaching career, while working on his Master of Business Administration in Financial Management degree. During his first year of teaching, he decided to continue his career pathway within education, after witnessing some of the inequities within the education system. After 3 years as an educator, Dr. Sturdivant earned his Secondary Principal certification in Massachusetts. Seeking to grow as a teacher and instructional leader in 2016, Dr. Sturdivant moved his family to Silver Spring, MD where he worked as a Mathematics teacher and content specialist. In the Spring of 2020, he successfully defended his dissertation on teacher-student connectedness and was recruited by Idea Public Schools for their Principal in Residence program. During his two years in Texas, he led a 6-12 school that became a top 25 school in the nation and earned an A rating in Texas. He has successfully coached several of his teachers into administrators and master teachers, during his time at Idea.
Outside of his busy family and professional life, Dr. Sturdivant is a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has been ranked internationally several times, and was a two-time world finalist. He is a Muslim and part of the Nation’s Mosque community in Washington, D.C. He has volunteered as a football coach and mentored students, spending a few years with Berry Farms Recreation Center. As he transitions to Chavez as the high principal for the 2022-2023 school year, he wants to continue to provide a supportive climate and culture that is favorable to teaching and learning. It is his belief that by doing this each student and each teacher can experience growth to their highest potential. Malcolm X stated, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” As educators, it is our responsibility to help scholars use their “passports” to prepare for the future.