Bryan Grau

One City Schools has announced that Bryan Grau will serve as One City Senior Preschool’s founding school principal and will work with One City’s leadership team, staff, parents, board of directors and partners to establish an elementary school in the fall of 2019. Grau will formally begin his new role with One City on Monday, July 2.

“We are excited to have an accomplished educator with Bryan’s knowledge, skills, experience and passion join us as the leader of our new tuition-free public charter school,” said One City Founder and CEO Kaleem Caire in a statement. “Having leaders like Bryan and Marlo Mielke, who will continue to lead One City’s Junior Preschools, working together with me, our school community and partners to lead and grow exceptional learning opportunities for children and families in Madison and Dane County will be great for Wisconsin and the future of our kids.”

Grau was hired after a nationwide search that produced 42 applicants and four finalists. Since August 2017, Grau has served as an assistant principal at Madison’s La Follette High School. Prior to La Follette, Bryan served as the principal of Willow Glen Elementary School in San Jose, California, assistant principal of Gunderson High School in San Jose, a high school social studies teacher at Madison La Follette, a middle school teacher at Madison’s Sherman Middle School, and a first grade teacher and a bilingual elementary teacher for grades 1 to 5 with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Grau is also the founder and developer of Nuestro Mundo Community School, a dual-language immersion (Spanish/English) public charter school operated by the Madison Metropolitan School District that serves children in grades K-5. He was also an architect of MMSD’s popular district-wide Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program. From 2006 to 2009, Grau served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin State Charter School Association and has also served as co-chairperson for the Education Committee of Latinos United for Change and Advancement(LUChA).

One City’s Senior Preschool will open in September 2018 and will feature a tuition-free, year-round and extended day 4K and Kindergarten program. One City will also spend the 2018-19 school year developing a strong Spanish/English dual language immersion option for families, as well, in partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District.