Michaelle Larracuente joined Excel’s Staff in 2021and currently serves as the Founding Principal for Excel Academy Rhode Island. Before joining Excel, Michaelle served as a Dean of Motivation and Investment with Achievement First Rhode Island and was a founding teacher and writing specialist within KIPP New Jersey. Michaelle has a long history of social justice work having traveled to over 20 countries to support youth and families in need. Locally, she serves as the first alumni chair for Youth In Action’s Board of Directors, a local youth-led nonprofit organization in Providence, Rhode Island. Michaelle holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Education from Johnson & Wales University.