Women Who Lead in K-12 Education: April Bobo of Memphis Business Academy

Bobo has been with MBA for 18 years and is currently the co-CEO. She manages the internal and external operations of the Memphis Business Academy (MBA) Charter Schools Network.

Women Who Lead in K-12 Education: April Bobo of Memphis Business Academy

The pandemic/post-pandemic period was the perfect time to show leadership.

The metro area's top administrators, educators and teachers have had to deal with a lot of uncertainty and upheaval. They are probably the hardest-working people in the city, second only to the health care workers.

Memphis Business Journal’s next group, Women Who Lead: Honoring the top female educators from kindergarten through grade 12 seemed like a logical choice.

It is also logical to highlight the achievements of women who have broken the glass ceiling, and helped define the organizations they work for.

The editorial team of MBJ has selected women who have qualities that define leadership. These include keeping school operations running smoothly, developing curriculums, and adjusting technology processes. They also possess the leadership necessary to promote student success in classrooms and on campuses.

The 10 Women Who lead honorees in K-12 education have held many different positions encompassing diverse experiences. This informs the way each educator approaches various aspects of leading a school or its programs.

Women Who Lead, a monthly feature sponsored by Paragon Bank in MBJ, is a continuing monthly feature.

Co-CEO of Memphis Business Academy Charter Schools Network

As co-CEO of the Memphis Business Academy Charter Schools Network, she manages both the internal and the external operations. She has spent 16 years of her 18-year career in education with MBA. April is proud of her willingness to always learn more and share that knowledge with others. She loves helping children learn and succeed.

Her next professional goal is to work with her MBA team and external partners to expand MBA's Charter Network.

April is also focused on hiring great educators. Everyone knows that hiring great teachers is important. It is becoming more popular to hire qualified teachers using methods other than the traditional ones. It's needed.'


The biggest career achievement is: "I have served in various capacities at Memphis Business Academy - as a teacher, culture leader and academic coach, a principal, co chief academic officer, now co CEO. It is an honor to work with our network in order to build sustainability and infrastructure for continued growth.