Judy Touzin

2021 Cheng Fellow

Judy Touzin is a Doctoral candidate in Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Harlem section of New York City in 2003. Most recently, Judy served as the Managing Director of Principal Preparation for a rapidly scaling Texas-based charter network. In that role, she helped the organization redefine its principal readiness competencies and prepare over 75 aspiring principals for the principalship.

In Judy’s experience as an elementary school teacher, principal, and coach for aspiring principals, there has been one constant – her desire to help create affirming learning environments for Black boys and young men. In August of 2016, Judy self-published her first book titled, ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living, and Loving to help counter the prevailing image and narrative concerning Black men and boys in America. In February 2017, Judy launched The ExceptionAL Project, an extension of that book. The book and project seek to amplify the beauty, brilliance, and humanity of Black men and boys across the country. Judy believes that if we are to truly transform K-12 education, we must work to improve the experience and outcomes for those who have been relegated to the margins for far too long, especially our Black boys.

As a Cheng Fellow, Judy strives to honor the voices and lived experiences of the communities she serves so that change efforts reflect their vision and aspirations.