Center X Leadership Team

Center X has a distributed Leadership team co-chaired by Executive Director Annamarie Francois and Faculty Director John Rogers. The team meets weekly and includes Directors who represent the Center’s major work areas.

Annamarie Francois 
Faculty & Executive Director, Center X

Annamarie Francois is a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education. She specializes in teacher development, reading and social science literacy, and school-university collaboration. Annamarie has many years of experience as a teacher, mentor and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the charter school community and the Teacher Education Program. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCLA.

John Rogers
Faculty Director, Center X

John Rogers is the Faculty Co-Director of the Principal Leadership Institute and Professor in the Urban Schooling division at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education. He studies strategies for engaging urban youth, community members, and educators in equity-focused school reform. Dr. Rogers earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and draws extensively on the work of John Dewey to explore the meaning of and possibilities for democratic education today.

Emma Hipolito

Emma Hipolito
Director, Teacher Education Program

Emma Hipolito has many years of experience as a history-social science educator, serving as a high school teacher in Santa Monica USD, a middle school teacher in Alhambra USD, a professional development leader, and a teacher educator for the UCLA Teacher Education Program. She has developed and coordinated several professional development programs with funding from both state and federal agencies.

Nancy Parachini
Director, Principal Leadership Institute

Nancy Parachini is Director of the Principal Leadership Institute and the Principals’ Center. She specializes in teacher development, language acquisition, and bilingual education. Nancy has 20 years of experience as an instructional leader within the Los Angeles Unified School District, serving in many roles including principal, evaluator, and professional development specialist. She also served as a Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Learning, a Program Evaluator for the UCLA School Management Program, and in 1997 earned her doctorate in Education from UCLA. Nancy is passionate about preparing social justice educators to transform the conditions of urban public schools.


Courtney Sidler
Director of Business Administration, Center X

Courtney Sidler manages the business and administrative operations of Center X including financial management of self-supporting activities, state general funds, contracts, and grants. Courtney earned her Bachelors Degree from University of California, Los Angeles and her Masters in Business Administration from Chapman University.