Yusuf A. Muhammad, Jr. is a servant leader who believes that each student can achieve at high levels, regardless of circumstances.
After serving as the Principal of City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Muhammad transitioned to Atlanta, GA to lead George Washington Carver High School in the Summer of 2016.
Mr. Muhammad was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and is a product of the New York City Department of Education. After completing high school, Mr. Muhammad earned his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies and African American Studies at the State University of New York at Cortland. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Education from the same institution, and a Master of Professional Studies in African and African American Studies from Cornell University. After completing his studies, Mr. Muhammad returned to Brooklyn, NY and entered the teaching profession. He spent 8 years as a Social Studies Teacher at the Benjamin Banneker Academy for Community Development. In 2010, Mr. Muhammad applied and was accepted into the New Leaders Aspiring Principal’s Program
. He spent the 2011-12 year developing his leadership skills as a Resident Principal at Bronx Bridges High School while taking coursework towards his School Building Leader license at Baruch College. After completing his residency, he returned to the Benjamin Banneker Academy as an Assistant Principal and Acting Principal during the 2012-13 school year.
In 2013, he accepted an offer to lead City Polytechnic High School. At City Polytechnic High School, Mr. Muhammad helped dramatically decreased student suspensions and increased student achievement. Under his leadership, more students graduated with an Associates Degree at no cost, and City Polytechnic High School earned the Reward designation by the New York State Education Department.
Yusuf A. Muhammad, Jr. is married to Taneya Gethers-Muhammad, a Spelman College alumn and Public Librarian. Together, they have four daughters, Nia Assata, Amina Asantewaa, Chinua Anasa, and Anisa Ayinde.