Leadership

Leadership

Learn more about senior leadership at NLCP.

NLCP is led by President and CEO, Dr. Garland Thomas-McDavid. Dr. Thomas-McDavid grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where her family was limited to the low-achieving school options in the neighborhood that they could afford to live in. After they learned about a free school choice program, she and her siblings began at a new school, and their lives changed forever. Even in her childhood, Dr. Thomas-McDavid knew that she wanted to become a teacher. She began her career at the middle and high school levels in the suburbs of Chicago and was then promoted to assistant principal. The next opportunity developed in Chicago with the Noble Network of Charter Schools, where they were looking for experienced school leaders looking to build their own school from the ground-up. She became a principal intern, then the founding principal at Johnson College Prep, and a lead principal. Armed with additional leadership tools and skills, she then made the move to become CEO of Civitas and then President of NLCP in July of 2017.

NLCP’s NLCP’s Christiana Campus is led by Principal Michael Stewart.

Michael Stewart is an accomplished teacher leader, public speaker, documentary filmmaker, education entrepreneur, proud husband, and father of 4. He is the winner of numerous education awards, including the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mr. Stewart has over 15 years of experience in education. He began his career teaching literacy to Caribbean students at Evanston Township High School. He has taught a variety of subjects at different levels from primary to tertiary in three different countries. 

In addition to his work in education, Mr. Stewart has held numerous leadership positions in business and sales. Mr. Stewart served as director of the Liwalo na Liwe Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness about street children in Tanzania. While serving as director, he produced the film Watoto Wa Mitaani, a documentary chronicling the plight of a group of children he met while on sabbatical in Tanzania.

Michael Stewart promotes equity and access for his students and school community, especially in the areas of technology and enriched educational experiences. He is committed to developing educational infrastructure, building teacher capacity, embedding socio-emotional learning in instruction, and providing transformative educational resources and experiences to vulnerable families and children in the Chicagoland area. 

Mr. Stewart is also an educational consultant and co-founder of Kingsway Preparatory School, an up-and-coming institution in Evanston, Illinois’ 5th ward.

NLCP’s Collins Campus is led by Principal Deion M. Owens.

Deion M. Owens is entering his 3rd year at NLCP. Prior to moving into administration, Deion served as the 11th grade English teacher at NLCP. From the south side Roseland community, Deion was a student in CPS from K-12, going to Lindblom (SWOOP!) in Chicago’s Englewood community, where he was awarded the Golden Apple Scholarship, and then went to Roosevelt University where he majored in English, Sociology, and Secondary Education. In education, Deion hopes to provide rigorous instruction coupled with sociological awareness, for he knows the cost of further neglecting the students of whom deserve the best education. Deion is currently completing a master’s at Concordia University in Educational Leadership with hopes of continuing to assist NLCP in becoming a leading charter network in its advancement and restructuring of education on the west side of Chicago. Concurrently, Deion is completing an additional master’s program at The University of Chicago in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management. Deion truly believes that education can alter one’s life and trajectory, and it is because of this that he continues to push students and teachers to think through a transformative lens. In his spare time, Deion enjoys brunching, reading, traveling, playing volleyball, and being around his boisterous, large family – he’s one of 11 children and has 6 nieces and 4 nephews. 


As a public charter school, NLCP is tuition-free – there is no admittance fee or entrance exam to enroll at our schools. We are open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status or disability status, and are an equal opportunity employer.