gala founder, dr. liz hicks
FOUNDER: Girls Academic Leadership Academy was founded by Dr. Elizabeth Hicks, the lead writer on the GALA school design, which was unanimously approved by the LAUSD Board of Education. She fought to bring an all-girls PUBLIC school model to LAUSD for over 3 years and her passion for providing a world class STEM education for girls led her to the creation of GALA.
PRINCIPAL HICKS: Dr. Hicks is an experienced educator, serving families in LAUSD as a history teacher, department chair, academic/college counselor, founder and lead teacher for a California Partnership Academy, the Communication Arts Academy, assistant principal at Hamilton High School, House Principal at Beverly Hills High, and Assistant Principal over instruction, discipline and intervention at John Marshall High. Ms. Hicks was also the counseling coordinator for Local District West, assisting 34 secondary schools with college and academic counseling, and providing professional development for counselors and assistant principals across the district.