LES Principal, Mr. Cohen

Phone: 919-870-4200


Degrees and Certifications:

MSA, UNC Chapel Hill

Ari Cohen

email address: acohen

Shortly after earning my BA in English from University of Rochester I joined Teach for America as a 1995 Corps Member. TFA sent me out to Compton, California, where I taught first grade for five years at Thomas Jefferson ES. Once my first class of students completed their 5th grade year, I moved back home to NYC, where I taught first grade for another two years at PS 189 in Washington Heights.

During my second year, I determined that I wanted a broader impact on school operations, which led me to the the Principal Fellows and the Masters in School Administration Program and UNC-CH.

Following my internship at Forest View in Durham, I became the Assistant Principal at Southwest ES. After 1 ½ years as AP and 5 ½ years as Principal, my family and I moved to Paris, France, where I spent two years leading the Pre-K through 8th Grade Program at Marymount International School.

I am now entering my seventh year at Leesville Rd. Elementary School, where it has been my honor to support and grow a wonderful community of students, families, and the most inspiring educators with whom it has been my pleasure to lead and work.