KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy
Head of Schools
KIPP Philadelphia Schools
Ben Speicher is the founding School Leader of KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy and the Head of Schools for KIPP Philadelphia. He started KPEA in August of 2010 and has led the school to dramatic student achievement gains in its first five years. During the last two years, he has also managed other principals and KIPP Philly and led the professional development for assistant principals and principals. Before starting KPEA, he had worked at KIPP schools for five years, first as a 6th grade teacher at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School and then as a pre-K teacher at KIPP DC: LEAP Academy. He completed the prestigious KIPP Fisher Fellowship as preparation to starting KPEA where he received intensive training in school leadership, organizational management, and business practices, while traveling the country to observe at the nation’s best elementary schools. After graduating from Pomona College in California with a history degree, he started his teaching career as a 5th grade teacher in San Jose, CA through Teach For America. Originally from Reading, PA, Speicher lives in Philadelphia with his beautiful wife, adorable sons Max and Owen, and his sometimes-well-behaved dog. He founded KIPP Philadelphia Elementary because he believes that the children of Philadelphia deserve an excellent education from the moment they first step into school.