Keith Abrahams began his magnet career as a 5th grade student in Los Angeles magnets. He jokes around and says, “that was the first time I had a conversation with a white or Asian kid.” Keith learned early in life about the importance of engaging in academic and social exchanges with different perspectives. At University of California, Berkeley, he continued his quest for understanding race relations and began to plan a future that would provide infrastructures for marginalized students to gain success. He next received a Master’s Degree in Counseling in a Diverse Society from Eastern Michigan University then began teaching in Los Angeles public schools. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University, he recommitted himself to promoting interracial exchanges and shared experiences. In 2013, Keith, a systems thinker, humbly accepted the position of Executive Director of Student Integration Services (Magnets). Most recently, he received his Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Southern California. There, he researched cultivating educational motivation and resilience for low SES African American students. Currently, he is dedicated to understanding the root causes of deficiencies and creating comprehensive strategic plans that address inequities. With a history of improving academic achievement and cultivating leaders he also serves as a Black Male Educator mentor, the co-founder of LAUSD’s African American Gifted Network, and a member of LAUSD’s Ethnic Studies Committee and the Equity Enrollment Collaborative Group.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.