Frank Spradley joined NYC Leadership Academy in 2006 after a thirty-three year career in the New York City public school system. The last five years of his involvement with the Department of Education was as a Deputy Superintendent in District 16. He was the first principal of the new vision high school Benjamin Banneker Academy. Spradley’s administrative career began as a principal in 1983 at the Rachel Jean Mitchell Elementary School in Oceanhill Brownsville, Brooklyn. While principal, his vision for the success of an “at risk” student group was to create an all-male class for African American and Hispanic males. The initiative was successful.
Like Kwame Nkhrumah, Frank believes that “education consists not only in the sum of what a man knows, or the skill with which he can put this to his own advantage. In my view, a man’s education must also be measured in terms of the soundness of his judgment of people and things, and in his power to understand and appreciate the needs of his fellow-men, and to be of service to them. The educated man should be so sensitive to the conditions around him that he makes it his chief endeavor to improve those conditions for the good of all.”