Wiz Kids Senior Leadership Team:

Head of Operations: Edward Moore 

Head of Curriculum and Instruction: Aja Jones 

Staff Director: Kimberly Smith 

Program Planning Coordinator: Dyese Moody 

Executive Director, Wiz Kids Foundation: Badia Ahad-Legardy, PhD 

Badia Ahad-Legardy, PhD is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago, where she was recently named “Master Teacher” by the College of Arts and Sciences. She also serves as Loyola’s Director of University Core Curriculum.  In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Professor Ahad is the Director of Training and Master Coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). Since 2011, she has organized monthly guest expert webinars and multi-week courses for the professional development of university administrators, faculty members, and advanced graduate students.  A product of Chicago’s Hyde Park community, Badia graduated from Whitney Young High School, before earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign.  She earned both her master’s and doctorate in English from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

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