The Main Street Academy Announces New Executive Director

The Main Street Academy’s Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Chaddrick Owes as the school’s new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2022.

An advocate for student advancement, Dr. Owes 20-year professional career encompasses leadership in both the education and education technology sectors. Dr. Owes began his educational career tutoring students in math and language arts after-school programs in the DeKalb County School District, the same district he matriculated through and graduated from high school. As an elementary school teacher, middle school teacher and administrator; he had the pleasure of working in both charter schools and traditional public schools. As a district-level director, he oversaw Student Services and Technology Services. After relocating to California, he served in several administrator roles while pursuing his doctorate. At the school level, he was the assistant principal over Curriculum & Instruction for an elementary and K-8th grade school. At the state level, he oversaw state board authorized charter schools for the California State Board of Education. He later transitioned into the role of Education Administrator heading the Instruction, Measurement, & Planning Branch at the California Department of Education. In the education technology space, Dr. Owes served as the Director of Education and Customer Success for several EdTech companies that offer supplemental academic and intervention software products to schools and districts across the country.

In his leisure time, Dr. Owes enjoys traveling (both domestically and internationally), engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking the Atlanta BeltLine, and playing golf when time permits. Dr. Owes holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership & Innovation from the University of the Pacific, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Science and Business Information Systems from Ashford University.

“I am ready to lead the charge and take The Main Street Academy to new heights,” states Dr. Owes.

Former Executive Director, Virginia Smith will remain on staff over the next several weeks in a Managing Director consultancy role through the transition period. The Main Street Academy is grateful for Virginia’s dedication to the school over the course of 12 years. During Virginia’s tenure at TMSA she successfully led two consecutive charter renewals, helped expand TMSA from a K – 5 school with 55 employees to a K – 8 school with just over 100 employees, and was instrumental in acquiring the school’s current permanent facility while maintaining a strong fiscal position. We cannot thank Virginia enough for her leadership at TMSA and wish her the best as she permanently relocates to California with her family.