Bobbi Macdonald and Mike Chalupa
Bobbi Macdonald, Executive Director of the City Neighbors Foundation
Mrs. Macdonald is a vocal proponent of the charter school movement in Baltimore. She serves as a Chair of the Coalition of Charter schools and as a Director on the Board of the Maryland Charter School Network, the statewide organization. Mrs. Macdonald taught early childhood education and kindergarten in several colleges’ child development laboratory schools, and served as literacy trainer for Head Start and the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Mrs. Macdonald received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign, in Human Development and Family Ecology. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in Curriculum and Instruction.
Michael Chalupa (Academic Director of the City Neighbors Foundation and Principal of City Neighbors) is in his fifth year as Principal of City Neighbors Charter School. Previously, he had been a classroom teacher in grades 4-8. He is an experienced administrator of policies and programs, a passionate advocate of teachers, has written and implemented new curricula, and directed a grass-roots, parent-led cooperative to professional independent school status while maintaining core values of community service, global awareness, character education and tolerance. Mike came to City Neighbors from Massachusetts, where he completed his Masters degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The original City Neighbors opened in 2005. In 2009, City Neighbors grew to a two campus organization – the original City Neighbors Charter School on Raspe Avenue and the newly opened City Neighbors Hamilton located at the site of the old Hamilton Middle School. In 2010, City Neighbors opened City Neighbors High School alongside City Neighbors Hamilton, creating a public K-12 campus. In total, City Neighbors is poised to serve 720 Baltimore City students in its K-12 program – all in its progressive model of urban education.