Cari Killian has worked in curriculum, instruction, and leadership development for 16 years. Her educational career began in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, Cari helped open KIPP NOW College Prep, a school in Houston for New Orleans evacuees. She returned to New Orleans, where she worked as a teacher and educational leader. Cari received her B.A. from Ithaca College in Business with minors in Spanish and Art History, and her M.Ed. in Education Leadership and principal licensure from LSU.