Eva Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools based out of New York City. These charter schools were designed after Moskowitz herself grew up in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in Manhattan while attending Stuyvesant High School. Moskowitz was utterly shocked that at least half of the teachers at this school during her years there were essentially clueless and had no idea what they were doing teaching students of her age. Moreover, Moskowitz says there was rampant cheating by students, and instead of stopping it the principal covered up for them instead of stopping it!
Moskowitz felt that she hardly learned a thing while attending that school, and realized that likely many other students felt the exact same way as she did at high schools across the city.
Eva Moskowitz began her professional career teaching women’s history at University of Virginia as a visiting professor of communications and mass culture during the 1989-1990 school year before moving to Vanderbilt University to teach from 1992-1993. Then came the City University of New York from 1994-1995. Finally, Moskowitz took the chair for the faculty seminar at Columbia University from 1996-1999.
All of this experience prepared Eva Moskowitz for her experience of launching the charter school in the Upper East Side which would go on to be called Success Academy. Moskowitz wanted to remove the area’s children from the poor school system that was in place to one that was better suited to give them the education they deserved. Even the best students in the city were in the worst schools despite living in a wealthy area. Eva Moskowitz started the Success Academy to offer students a better alternative, and to begin to change the New York City public school system landscape one child and a new school at a time!