Vice President of Leadership Development

Prior to joining the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Robert Spencer served as a Principal in Sacramento County for the past 12 years. His 2004 New Leaders for New Schools Fellowship led to his founding principalship of Aspire Public Schools’ Alexander Twilight College Prep Academy, serving grades K-5, and Alexander Twilight Secondary Academy, serving grades 6th – 12th in the Arden/Arcade community. Additionally, he served as the Principal of Aspire Capitol Heights Academy in the Oak Park, Sacramento. Before becoming a principal, Robert was an 8th grade Language Arts Teacher at Old Court Middle School in Baltimore County, Maryland. During his service in the United States Army as a Preventive Medicine Sergeant, he supervised and conducted surveys and inspections of environmental factors that affected soldiers’ health. While in the Army, Robert was awarded the 2001 Soldier of the Year Award, the Army Achievement Medal in 2000 and 2001, and the Army Commendation Medal in 2000. Robert began his career as an 8th grade Humanities Teacher at Gaston Middle School in Gaston, North Carolina, through Teach for America. In addition to writing General Education Development (GED) Language Arts test questions as a Test Writer, he edited short fiction and poetry as an Editor’s Assistant for Callaloo.
Robert received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, and he has a Master of Arts in Secondary Education pending at Johns Hopkins University.