451 E. 36th Street Charlotte, North Carolina 28205


At Behailu Academy our staff members and teaching artists bring an incredible array of experiences, skills, and creative practices into our program.  From culinary arts to musical performance to visual art to academics and organization – and beyond, our faculty help offer our students tastes of many different ways of expressing themselves.  We also have a dedicated group of professionals who ensure our kids are where they need to be, help them with homework, and make sure they have all the opportunities we can possibly give them.


Lori Krzeszewski
Executive Director

Lori has been working in urban schools and communities in Charlotte since 2002. After receiving her M.A.T. in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh, she accepted a teaching job with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She left the classroom after six years of teaching to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on urban education.  She has spent time teaching and doing research in Cambodia, as well as at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College. Lori has extensive experience working in school and community based programs in the U.S. and abroad. She is passionate about supporting students’ creative experiences and believes education is essential to personal empowerment and social transformation.