Gerry House has been President of the Institute for Student Achievement since April 2000. Prior to joining ISA, she spent 15 years as a superintendent for schools in Memphis, Tennessee, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She also has served as a teacher, junior and senior high school guidance counselor, principal and assistant superintendent.
Dr. House is an active leader in the education community, serving on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of the Educational Testing Service (former chair, 2002-2005), the Advisory Committee of the Harvard Change Leadership Group; Woodrow Wilson Foundation Board of Directors; member of Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Board of Trustees of Adelphi University; National Advisory Board for National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education (NCSPE); and The New Teacher Project Board of Directors, among others.
Dr. House has received numerous professional accolades throughout her career. The American Association of School Administrators named her National Superintendent of the Year in 1999 for her extensive school reform efforts in the Memphis school system. Her additional awards and recognitions include: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Education, Alumni Leadership Award (2000); The Harold J. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award (1999); Tennessee Superintendent of the Year (1998); and The Council of the Great City Schools’ Richard R. Green Award (1998).
Dr. House was also named twice to the Executive Educator Magazine’s listing of Top 100 Executive Educators in Education.
Dr. House earned her doctorate in Education Administration at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and she holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Southern Illinois University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education from North Carolina A.&T. State University and is the recipient of Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degrees from Rhodes College and Lemoyne Owen College, both in Memphis, Tennessee.