Chukwuma Ekwelum

Chukwuma Ekwelum (“Chuks”) is an Instructional Coach for BetterLesson who strives to support participants in maintaining high skill and high will for the sake of meaningful, transformative student learning. An accomplished academic with experience leading schools at the middle and high school levels, he is a strong proponent for lifelong learning, collaboration, and honoring the perspectives of others. Chuks has always operated with the mindset that every child, regardless of racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic background, can succeed when provided with an appropriate level of support(s). He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing & Literature from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Secondary Education) from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



High School Diploma
Bachelor's, Creative Writing & Literature
Master's, Curriculum & Instruction (Secondary Education)
Doctorate, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis


Previous Educational Positions

10th & 11th Grade Humanities Teacher - Urban Science Academy (MA)
10th Grade Humanities Teacher - Codman Academy Charter Public School (MA)
Assistant Principal - Baystate Academy Charter Public School (MA)
High School Principal - Academy of the Pacific Rim (MA)
Secondary Principal & Deputy Director - Kigali International Community School (Rwanda)
Co-Founder & Executive Director - Legacy of Excellence Academy


Coaching Certifications

1:1 Coaching
Content Development
Virtual Facilitation


Areas of Expertise

3-5: Phys Ed/Health

6-8: Social Studies, Instructional Technology, Art/Music, Phys Ed/Health,

9 - 12: Instructional Technology, Art/Music, Phys Ed/Health


Additional Areas

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI)
MTEL - Secondary English
MTEL - Communication & Literacy (Writing)
MARC Anti-Bullying
Massachusetts English Language Assessment-Oral (MELA-O)
Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)
ACSI All Levels Principal (Elementary and Secondary)