Chelsea Pope Collins
Head of School, St. Luke’s Episcopal School in San Antonio
St. Luke’s Episcopal School
As an only child and a first-generation college graduate, Chelsea attended Fisk University where she received a B.S. in Chemistry. During her matriculation, she held several internships, including a summer at Proctor and Gamble and Baylor College of Medicine’s Anatomy Lab. However, it was her then, at-risk mentees, their stories, and her connection to them that landed her a job teaching chemistry at one of Nashville’s inner-city schools. Shortly after that, Chelsea transitioned to middle school and instantly fell in love all over again. She has educated today’s youth for over twenty years in public (Nashville Metropolitan and Aldine Independent School Districts), charter (KIPP Network Schools), and independent school (The Kinkaid School and St. Luke’s Episcopal School) communities.
Chelsea arrived at The Kinkaid School, a coed PK-12 independent school, in 2003. There she has taught 5th-grade science, study skills, and 8th-grade math. Chelsea directed the Engineering Math and Science Summer Institute (a collaborative program with Houston Independent School District targeting under-represented minority students), served as Assistant Admission Director, Assistant Head of Middle School, and the Middle School Division Head for seven years. Chelsea has also co-chaired the National Association of Independent School’s (NAIS) People of Color Conference and was an Aspiring Heads Fellow through NAIS. She earned the distinguished honor as a Joseph Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University Teachers’ College, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. At present, Chelsea is the Head of School at St. Luke’s Episcopal School in San Antonio and pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University. She is also an active member of the service organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc., where she has mentored teenage girls known as Precious Pearls, and led the Children’s Ministry at her home church in Houston.
Above Chelsea’s many successes, career advancements, and community contributions, she views being the mother to her confident and beautiful 11-year old daughter, Langston, as the greatest blessing and most rewarding accomplishment.