Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri is the Principal of Wells Community Academy High School. She strives to provide her students with a well-rounded education with attention to rigorous academics, social emotional learning and robust opportunities for post-secondary success. She effectively engages all stakeholders in accomplishing this task. Wells HS has seen tremendous growth in all fronts under her leadership. Dr. Raichoudhuri has also served and continues to serve on steering committees for various CPS and other education related initiatives.
Dr. Raichoudhuri began her career in education as a classroom teacher in a high needs neighborhood middle school in Northern California. Her hands on approach to pedagogy and high expectations of her students led them to achieve some of the highest gains in the district garnering her several awards and recognitions. During her years as a teacher she was also actively engaged in various leadership opportunities within the school. She subsequently moved to the district office to lead special initiatives around teacher leadership capacity building. She moved to Chicago several years ago to join the newly formed Office of Performance as the Senior Manager of School Performance. Her primarily role was to help principals systematically build the capacity of their teacher leaders in order to improve student outcomes. She also led several key district initiatives around adult learning during her time as Director in the Office of Professional Learning.
Dr. Raichoudhuri believes that education is the primary equalizer of various social justice issues that our communities face today. She is passionate about providing our next generation with quality education and life options so they may break the cycle of poverty for their families and communities while learning to be contributing members of society. Although not a Chicago native, she has fallen in love with this city and considers it her home. She wants to see her students and all the students of Chicago Public Schools be successful.
Dr. Raichoudhuri is an Independent School Principal (ISP) and is a former Leadership Fellow at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.