Gemar Mills

Gemar Mills

Chief Academic Officer of College Achieve Public Schools in New Jersey

Brief Biography

Gemar Mills is the Chief Academic Officer of College Achieve Public Schools (CAPS) and the Executive Director of CAPS Paterson. Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Mills earned a B.S. degree in math education from Montclair State University, and began teaching math at East Side High School in Newark, New Jersey.

While working full-time, he earned a Master’s of Educational Leadership at American Intercontinental University and later a doctoral degree in administration, policy, and curriculum from Seton Hall University. Later, at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, Mills served for two years as Math Department Chairperson and one year as Vice-Principal. At the age of 27, Mills was made Principal of this school, one of the most troubled in the Newark Public Schools District. With a history of low-test scores, MXS was threatened with the possibility of closure. The school’s turnaround has been featured in the Sports Illustrated award-winning series “Underdogs,” NBC’s “Positively Black,” an Emmy award-winning documentary “Saving Shabazz” produced by, and articles by the Atlantic, Fortune, and Crain business magazine.

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