KIPP DC schools are supported by the dynamic and dedicated people on our Headquarters team. Each team member is committed to doing “whatever it takes” to support our schools, students, alumni, teachers, and staff. And, every position is critical to KIPP DC’s mission of providing the highest quality education to students from the most educationally underserved communities in Washington, D.C.
- Susan Schaeffler | Founder and Chief Executive Officer firstname.lastname@example.orgRead BioIn 2001, Ms. Schaeffler founded KEY Academy, D.C.’s first KIPP school, after being selected as one of three inaugural KIPP Fisher Fellows, a highly competitive program endowed to train future KIPP leaders. After founding and leading KEY Academy, Schaeffler became KIPP DC’s chief executive in 2005. Under her guidance and strategic vision, KIPP DC has grown from one school in 2001 to sixteen schools currently serving over 5,200 students with plans to serve over 6,000 students. As CEO, Ms. Schaeffler oversees all school leadership and academic programming, and plays a direct role in supervising the performance of students, staff, and faculty at KIPP DC’s high-performing, college-preparatory schools. Under Ms. Schaeffler, KIPP DC has received numerous honors including the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School award and the National Title One Distinguished School award.Prior to founding KIPP DC, Susan Schaeffler spent nine years in the classroom, first as a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned such honors as Teacher of the Year. In addition to her teaching experience, Ms. Schaeffler spent a year in rural Ethiopia working with the International Foundation of Education and Self-Help to train 180 new teachers at the Teacher Training Institute and two summers training and evaluating new Teach for America teachers. Ms. Schaeffler brought her extensive teaching and teacher training experience to KIPP DC, rooting the network’s success in strong teacher performance and making KIPP DC the highest performing system of charter schools in the district.Ms. Schaeffler’s many honors include being named one of EnVest’s 2007 “40 under 40” and the 2008 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. She currently serves on the KIPP Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Schaeffler earned a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and an MA in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland.
- Allison Fansler | President and Chief Operating Officer email@example.comRead BioAllison Fansler joined KIPP DC in 2006 and has since served as KIPP DC’s President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Ms. Fansler manages all business operations for KIPP DC, a network of 16 high-performing schools that serve students in Washington, D.C.’s educationally underserved communities. Ms. Fansler oversees all financial management, talent management, external affairs, real estate development, fundraising, human resources, and performance management strategies. During her tenure at KIPP DC, Ms. Fansler has led the strategic planning for KIPP DC’s expansion efforts from 575 students to over 6,000 students and developed the business plan for network growth, including expansion to early childhood, elementary, and high schools.Under Ms. Fansler’s leadership, KIPP DC has raised over $55 million to date in private and public fundraising, secured more than $100 million of financing, and received its first credit rating of BBB+ from Standard and Poors, making KIPP DC one of five charter schools to receive such a rating and the first to do so on an initial rating.From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fansler successfully completed the Broad Residency, a nationwide education leadership program. In 2013, Ms. Fansler was selected for the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and joined the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She currently serves on the Federal City Council.
Prior to joining KIPP DC, Ms. Fansler spent three years at the KIPP Foundation in San Francisco. Before joining the KIPP team, Ms. Fansler worked at the United States Department of Treasury as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Ms. Fansler received a BA in Spanish from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
- Dane Anderson | Vice President of Operations & Finance firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Dane Anderson is the Vice-President of Operations and Finance at KIPP DC. In this role, Dane supports financial planning, debt management, accounting and all headquarters and school-based operations. Before coming to KIPP DC, Dane was a Teach for America corps member and taught math in Zuni, New Mexico. Most recently,Dane was a Manager at the management consulting firm Bain & Company where he specialized in organizational strategy and execution. Dane received a dual degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
- Bonnie Bacon | Senior Accounting Manager email@example.comRead Bio
Bonnie Bacon was born and raised in Austin, Texas until her family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut before she started high school. She graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a BA in Communication. Bonnie lived in New York and worked as an editorial assistant at House & Gardenmagazine before moving to D.C. to join the Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust (now known as the Stewart Mott Foundation). She earned her Master’s in Elementary Education with the Literacy Cooperative at George Washington University and then taught 4th grade at Brookland at Bunker Hill Education Campus with DCPS for two years. Most recently, Bonnie has been working as the administrative associate for the director of a small start-up non-profit called the National Public Education Support Fund, which sponsors a group that is creating a learning community for education reform funders interested in growing the movement through policy change.
- Caitlin Baker | Human Resources Associate firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Caitlin grew up in Maryland and obtained her BS in Human Development with a concentration in Child & Adolescent Development from Virginia Tech. After completing her degree, she worked as a preschool teacher before deciding to pursue her Masters. Caitlin then spent the next two years in Vienna, Austria where she completed her MA in Human Resource Management. She returned to the District of Columbia in January 2014 and joined a network of public charter schools as an HR Coordinator and Recruitment Specialist. Caitlin also dedicates her time to volunteering with the HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington. She is very enthusiastic to be a part the Human Resources team at KIPP DC and continuing her work within the public charter school network!
- Kaisha Baker | Recruitment Manager Kaisha.Baker@kippdc.orgRead Bio
Prior to joining the KIPP DC, Kaisha was a Community Organizing Fellow for Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). Kaisha started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member teaching 6th grade Reading in Houston, TX. She founded a program called the Boy’s Collaborative on her campus. The Boy’s Collaborative focused on providing additional support to students who struggled with behavior and/or academics through character building, community service, and mentorship. While in the classroom, Kaisha also held the roles of Data Analysis Specialist and Grade Level Chair.
- Matt Bazik | Technology Project Manager Matt.Bazik@kippdc.orgRead Bio
Matt Bazik joined KIPP DC in June of 2016 as a Technology Project Manager! Matt joins KIPP DC from The Philanthropy Roundtable, where he served as database manager and oversaw the organization’s donor and operations database, as well as a wide variety of technology projects. Prior to this, Matt served on The Philanthropy Roundtable’s K-12 team managing research and events on education, and taught in DCPS through a teacher training program. He is a graduate of American University with a degree in Secondary Education and Political Science.
- Phoebe Beall | Recruitment Associate email@example.comRead Bio
Phoebe Beall joined KIPP DC as a Recruitment Associate in September 2016! Phoebe grew up in Columbus, Ohio and earned her B.S. in International Relations and Human Rights from UC San Diego. She went on to teach 5th and 3rd grade ELA as a Teach For America Corps Member in Baltimore, MD. Most recently, Phoebe completed an Education Pioneers Fellowship at ICEF Public Schools, designing and assisting in professional development for the staff of their Los Angeles schools.
- Sonia Bhagat | Recruitment Manager firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Sonia Bhagat joined KIPP DC in June 2014 in the role of Recruitment Manager. Sonia grew up in Dallas, Texas and moved to the Virginia/D.C. area in August 2013. Upon graduating from Southern Methodist University with a Business Administration degree, she joined Deloitte Consulting as a part of the Human Capital team. After two years in consulting, she decided that she needed to shift into a career that had more personal satisfaction, and thus, became a third grade teacher in New Haven, Connecticut through the support of Teach for America. Sonia taught for four years and became one of the highest performing teachers in the Achievement First network before relocating to the D.C. region and teaching preschool for a private organization.
- Susan Breipohl | CTR Manager of Fellows email@example.comRead Bio
- Carly Harris | Manager of Corporate Partnerships firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Carly Harris joined KIPP DC’s Development team in November 2013 as the Database and Donor Relations Manager. Carly hails from the world political fundraising, where she previously led up operations and donor communications for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s national political organization. Previous to that position, Carly worked at NGP VAN, Inc., a tech company that provides field and fundraising software, support, and digital services for Democratic campaigns, PACs, and non-profits. She is from Raleigh, NC and received a BA in both Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia.
- Chanté Chambers | Director of Recruitment Chante.Chambers@kippdc.orgRead Bio
Chanté Chambers joins us as our new Director of Recruitment. Chanté is a proud native Washingtonian and graduate of DCPS. A Greater Philadelphia-Camden Corps member, she taught 8th grade in Camden, NJ. Chanté earned a B.A. in English from Spelman College, and serves as the Fundraising Chair for the National Alumnae Association of Spelman, DC Metro Chapter. Up until this past April, she served as a VP of Recruitment at Teach For America, the first African American to hold this position. In addition to overseeing TFA’s partnerships with HBCUs, Chanté also oversaw the recruitment efforts/outcomes across half of the country. Knowing that educational inequity still exists and limits millions of children is what drives her to continue this very purposeful work. Chanté is excited to be joining the KIPP family because she believes in the work that KIPP does and believes most in the kids and communities KIPP works with and on behalf of.
- Katie Cheng | Director of Talent Development and Special Projects email@example.comRead Bio
Katie started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member teaching middle school science in New York City. After teaching, Katie spent the next eight years developing a generalist business skill set focused on finance, consulting, project management, and strategy with experiences at JPMorgan, Barclays, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Achievement Prep. Katie graduated from Cornell University, holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and is currently a Broad Resident in Urban Education.
- Nayantara Choudhary | Instructional Technology Specialist firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Nayantara joined KIPP DC in November 2014 as an Instructional Technology Specialist. She grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers Business School. After graduating, she joined Teach for America in Oakland, California, where she taught high school math and English for Leadership Public Schools. While teaching, Nayantara completed her Master’s in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University.
- Tom Clark | Managing Director of Development email@example.comRead Bio
Tom joined the KIPP DC team in September 2014 as the Managing Director of Development. He started his career as a high school Spanish teacher in Baltimore City, before joining the staff of Teach For America and moving to DC seven years ago. While at TFA, he served in a variety of roles including managing teacher recruitment in the Mid-Atlantic, planning the organization’s 20th Anniversary Summit, raising funds of the Greater New Orleans region, and overseeing the marketing and events strategy across the country. Last spring, Tom helped start a job-matching website for teachers and schools called myEDmatch and has been managing business development, marketing, and school support for the company since then.
- Tavie Clay | Director of Human Resources firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Tavie joined KIPP DC in March 2016 as the Director of Human Resources. She is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University, Catholic University, and Strayer University. Tavie has earned a BA in Psychology, a BS in Pre-Med – Biology, an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, and an MBA in Human Resources Management. In addition to this, she completed the Education Pioneer’s Fellowship of Graduate study in 2014. During her fellowship, she was instrumental in creating, developing, and implementing the human capital structure of a startup CMO in Memphis, TN. Tavie has over 16 years of experience in the education sector; she began her career as a science and math teacher in DCPS at Macfarland Middle School. Through the years, Tavie has been a teacher, assistant principal, held various departmental manager roles, Human Resources Director, and project manager. Her past experiences have been in charter, parochial, and large public school systems. She is driven to do this work because of her love for learning and people.
- Katie Cole | General Counsel email@example.comRead Bio
Katie joined KIPP DC in April 2016 as a General Counsel. Born and raised in Vienna, Virginia, Katie graduated from Yale University, and began her career in education teaching U.S. history at the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. She subsequently attended the University of Virginia School of Law, and over the past nine years has practiced labor and employment law, most recently at Hunton & Williams LLP.
- Keith Dykstra | Data Specialist and Personalized Learning Coach firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Keith joined the KIPP DC headquarters team in July of 2016 as a Data Specialist and Personalized Learning Coach. Prior to that, Keith taught special education for four years at KIPP DC AIM Academy, focusing on math instruction for students with learning disabilities. Before joining KIPP, Keith spent several years working in the human rights field, working on cases of forced labor slavery in India and refugee resettlement in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Justin Ellis | Director of Financial Planning and Analysis email@example.comRead Bio
Justin Ellis joined KIPP DC in January 2015 as the Associate Director of Financial Planning. Justin originally hails from New Hope, Pennsylvania but has been in the D.C. Metro area since 2009. After graduating from Elon University, he began his career working in public accounting as an auditor for CohnReznick and then Deloitte, becoming a certified public accountant along the way. Justin moved away from auditing with a job as Director of Finance at political research firm Potomac Research Group. After three years there, he was able to combine his professional skill set with a personal interest in supporting Education and opportunities for disadvantaged populations through KIPP DC.
- Emily Ellis | Manager of CTR Alumni and Secondary Support firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Emily Ellis is originally from San Francisco, CA. She holds a B.S. in Biology from UCLA and moved to Washington, D.C. to join Teach For America. She taught seventh grade science for two years in Prince George’s County Public Schools and earned her M.A. in Teaching from American University. She then taught fifth grade science at KIPP DC KEY Academy for the past three years before joining the CTR team. Emily is excited to remain a part of the KIPP DC team and family as she supports secondary residents and CTR alumni.
- Bob Ettinger | Managing Director of STEM email@example.comRead Bio
Bob recently graduated from the doctorate in education leadership program (Ed.L.D.) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He completed his 10-month Ed.L.D. residency in the Cambridge Public Schools, as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet where he led the redesign of district systems and structures to support the ongoing improvement processes. Prior to his graduate work, Bob taught middle school science and math in the Boston Public Schools for four years and the Seattle Public Schools for five years. While in Seattle, Bob received multiple awards for teaching, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence, and was recognized for significant gains in student performance, including increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state science standards from 31% in 2008 to 87% in 2012. In his last year in Seattle, Bob was a science and math coach at his school, as well as an advisor to the district’s science and math program manager. Bob has a B.S. in geological sciences from Brown University, a M.Ed. from the Boston Teacher Residency at the University of Massachusetts Boston, an Ed.L.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
- Kate Finley | Managing Director of Elementary Schools firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Kate Finley was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended St. Joseph’s University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in education, with a focus in special education. She stayed on at St. Joe’s to obtain her Master’s degree in reading and special education. After receiving her Master’s, Kate taught third grade in Philadelphia for a year. She then moved back to Maryland where she worked as a second grade teacher for two years and a fifth and sixth grade special education teacher for one year. In an effort to find a school environment with a strong mission and a focus on hard work, Kate found KIPP DC. She worked as a fifth grade reading teacher at KIPP DC WILL Academy for two years and then went on to become the Vice Principal. As she continued to fall in love with the Shaw community and the students of WILL, Kate became the school leader of WILL for two and a half years.
- Clare Gallagher | Manager of Foundation Relations email@example.comRead Bio
Clare Gallagher joined KIPP DC in March 2013. She is originally from Dublin, New Hampshire, and received a degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with a major in International Politics and a minor in International Development. Prior to joining KIPP DC, she was the Senior Portfolio Associate at the Grassroots Business Fund, an impact investing fund in Washington, D.C.
- Abigail Gifford | Assistant General Counsel firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Abigail Gifford joined KIPP DC in August 2013. Originally from Connecticut, Abbie is a three time graduate from the University of Connecticut. She completed her B.A. from the University of Connecticut Honors Program in Developmental Psychology, a JD with a focus of family law and policy and a MPA with focus in Non-Profit Management and Public Financial Management. Abbie moved to Washington, D.C. several years ago to join a small administrative team to found and grow the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School. Working as Project Manager for the first two years of Inspired Teaching School’s existence, Abigail has gained broad experiences in school administration. She is very passionate and dedicated to improving the well-being of all children by advocating and promoting strategic investments in public education.
- Ed Han | Managing Director of Data and Analytics Edmund.Han@kippdc.orgRead Bio
Mr. Han re-joined KIPP DC in August 2014 as the Managing Director of Data & Analytics. Ed is a native Philadelphian who earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s in education from Harvard University. He then taught high school biology in Boston before earning a law degree at New York University Law School. After several years as a lawyer, he moved to D.C. in 2007 and returned to teaching high school biology in Montgomery County Public Schools. Afterwards, he served as a special assistant to D.C. Superintendent Deborah Gist at OSSE, and in 2009 he joined KIPP DC as the director of operations. In 2012, he left to pursue a graduate degree in science education at George Washington University, joining an NSF-funded research project on STEM-focused high schools, and he earned his education specialist degree in 2016.
- Ashley Harding | Associate Director of Family and Community email@example.comRead Bio
Ashley Harding joined KIPP DC in January 2016. As a native of Southern California, she received her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Southern California (USC), studying Public Policy and Development with a minor in Business Administration. In 2013, Ms. Harding earned a Master’s degree in Child Development from Tufts University with a concentration in Education and Social Policy. During graduate school Ashley spent a semester in South Africa studying education reform in a post-Apartheid society.
While obtaining her Master’s degree, Ms. Harding and Dr. James Jennings designed and led a study focused on the educational and socio-economic disproportions of Black and Latino males in Boston public school programs. These studies led to legislative initiatives, additional education research funding and co-authored articles examining institutional collaborative interventions between public housing and public schools to increase the academic success of children within both entities.
Ms. Harding is dedicated to the ideals of social justice and a desire to create a more equitable public education landscape. She is a past Assistant Director and board member of the USC Leventhall School of Accounting Summer Leadership Program, and the Secretary of the University of Southern California Washington, D.C. Alumni Association.
- Joseph Hassine | Manager of Executive Operations firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Joseph joins KIPP DC as an Executive Associate after recently completing the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in St. Louis, MO. As a Coro Fellow, Joseph worked within six organizations ranging from businesses to non-profits to labor unions over the course of his nine-month fellowship. Prior to participating in Coro, Joseph worked on local political campaigns and spent a summer with the Orange County District Attorney’s office. He graduated from UC Los Angeles with a degree in Sociology and Public Affairs. Born and raised in Southern California, Joseph is looking forward to exploring D.C. and is very excited to be part of the KIPP DC team!
- Megan Hawkins | Development Marketing and Events Associate email@example.comRead Bio
Megan joined KIPP DC in December 2014 as the Executive Associate. Megan is a native New Yorker from the small suburb of Rye who moved back to NYC after receiving her BS in Sociology and Communications from Dickinson College. She worked in various creative industries in NYC before deciding to move to D.C. in the summer of 2014 to explore work in the non-profit world. Currently she is pursuing a degree in Event Management from the George Washington School of Business and hopes to continue working in event planning and fundraising for non-profit organizations.
- Gabby Hewitt | Capital Teaching Residency PD Associate firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Born and raised in New Orleans, Gabby completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Mass Communication at LSU and is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree studies in Education at Johns Hopkins University. She moved to D.C. as part of Teach For America’s 2009 corps, and in 2012, joined KIPP DC’s Team and Family as the eighth grade U.S. History teacher at AIM Academy. She also served as Grade Level Chair at AIM.
- Althea Holford | Managing Director of Real Estate and Community Relations email@example.comRead Bio
Althea Holford joined KIPP DC in August 2016 as the Managing Director of Real Estate and Community Relations. Althea comes to KIPP DC after having served three years at the Deputy Mayor for Education’s Office (DME). She spent nearly three years at the DME as a Senior Policy Advisor. There she supervised the school facility portfolio for the District and the Master Facilities Plan. Prior to the joining the DME, she spent 6 years at the Department of General Services where she oversaw the Right of First Offer process for charter school reuse of excess District schools. Althea has long been a supporter of KIPP DC and was an advocate for many of the current KIPP DC campuses. Althea attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the George Washington University Law School. She is also a Certified Public Manager and a Six Sigma Greenbelt. Althea is a native New Yorker and an avid Giants fan.
- Larry Jerome | Data Architect firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Larry has been working at KIPP DC since August 2012, currently as the Data Architect. A native of Chicago, he decided he would make DC his home after a post-college internship on the Hill. While in graduate school at the University of Maryland Baltimore, Larry worked on a study investigating the factors affecting graduation of low-income and minority students in STEM majors. That experience inspired him to apply for a position as data specialist at KIPP DC. When he is not neck deep in data, Larry likes to try every new restaurant in DC, travel to exotic places, and watch the Cubs lose.
- Julia Jones | Office Coordinator email@example.comRead Bio
Julia joined KIPP DC as an Office Coordinator in February 2016. Julia earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in General Broadcasting from the Norfolk State University. While in college Julia was very active in the community and often helped tutor and mentor younger students. She immediately realized that she had a passion for ensuring children, in every community, had an equal chance of being successful. Julia hopes to channel her passion into one day advocating for education equity and access. Julia is also a KIPP DC Alumni and was a member of our founding class at KEY Academy.
- Stephanie Kapsis | Managing Director of Talent firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Stephanie Kapsis is a Senior Advisor at KIPP DC. In her role, she focuses on a portfolio of projects ranging from serving as the project lead for our Race To The Top-District grant to assisting with Human Capital and External Affairs support. Before joining KIPP DC, Stephanie helped lead Teach For America’s D.C. Regional office. She held a variety of roles at Teach For America, including serving as a “teacher coach” and Managing Director of Program where she led a team that supported 200 elementary and early childhood teachers across Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County. She later served as Senior Managing Director where she led the D.C. Region’s external partnerships with administrators, teachers, and city officials, certification and compliance strategy, management of the regional board, as well as the region’s fundraising efforts and communications strategy. Prior to working on staff with Teach For America, Stephanie taught dual language first and second grade in New York City public schools. Stephanie attended Princeton University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Politics and certificates in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She received a Master’s of Science in Teaching with a Bilingual Extension in Spanish Language from Pace University. She is originally from Northern Virginia, and now lives in Alexandria with her husband, Jim, and daughter Cora. Stephanie also serves as a member of the School Board for Alexandria City Public Schools.
- Christine Kim | Manager of Human Resources email@example.comRead Bio
Christine Kim joined KIPP DC in December 2013 as the Human Resources Associate. After graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia in January 2012, she worked at Ryder System, Inc. as a Human Resources Coordinator until her recent move to the D.C. area. Although she most recently worked within the transportation industry, she is excited to work in the world of education, especially at KIPP.
- Melissa Kim | Chief Academic Officer, Secondary Schools firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Melissa Kim most recently served as the Director of the Instructional Practice at NewSchools Venture Fund and was responsible for leading the D.C. Pilot for the D.C. Schools Fund. In her role with NewSchools, Melissa served on the board of directors for the DC International School and Paul Public Charter School. Prior to joining the NewSchools team, Melissa served as the principal of Alice Deal Middle School, the highest-performing and largest public middle school in the District of Columbia. During her seven years as principal, Melissa transitioned the school from a traditional junior high serving 700 students in grades 7-9 to a team-based middle school serving more than 1,000 students in grades 6-8. During this time, classrooms were desegregated and detracked and math standards were raised to ensure that all 8th graders entered high school with at least an Algebra or Geometry credit. She also led the successful effort by Alice Deal to become certified as the first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in D.C. Public Schools. She was able to lead these changes while managing a $60 million in situ modernization of the historic school facility. Melissa came to the District of Columbia as a Teach for America Corps member and taught for six years in Northeast and Southeast DC. After receiving her Masters in school leadership, she joined the inaugural cohort of NewLeaders in Washington, D.C. She has served as an assistant principal in Washington, D.C., as well as in Arlington, VA. Melissa holds a B.S. from Colby College, an M.S. from Trinity College, and an Ed.D from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on practices to integrate within schools to close both the academic achievement gap as well as the social engagement gap.
- Stacie Kossoy | Managing Director of Early Childhood Schools email@example.comRead Bio
Stacie Kossoy was the founding principal of KIPP DC Grow Academy. Prior to starting Grow Academy in 2010, Ms. Kossoy was a founding teacher and Kindergarten Grade Level Chair at KIPP DC LEAP Academy, KIPP DC’s first early childhood school. Ms. Kossoy’s teaching experience includes Pre-K and Kindergarten literacy at LEAP Academy, where she was honored with the Board of Directors’ Award in the spring of 2008, and first grade in Camden, NJ. Ms. Kossoy is a graduate of Grinnell College, the KIPP School Leadership Institute and holds an M.A. in Education Leadership from National Louis University.
- Michelle Lee | Recruitment Manager firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Michelle Lee joined KIPP DC in August 2016 as a Recruitment Manager. She is a proud New Jersey native and obtained her B.S.in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. After serving as a Teach For America corps member in Indianapolis, Michelle returned to the east coast as a Program Manager for iMentor, a nonprofit focused on providing college access to underserved communities in New York City.
- Ashley Lemley | Manager of Creative Services email@example.comRead Bio
Ashley joined KIPP DC in April 2014 as the Communications & Marketing Associate. This position allows her to combine her love for digital storytelling and education. Prior to joining the team, she worked as the Marketing & Development Associate at Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. where she portrayed the need for affordable housing in the District through photography and design. Before moving to D.C. in 2011, Ashley taught video production to high school students in Chicago at Community TV Network and then switched from students to sports as a videographer and Assistant Director of Multi-Media Marketing for the Ohio University Athletic Department. Born and raised in Ohio, she graduated from Ohio University with a major in media management and a minor in business.
- Theresa Loth | Manager of Individual Giving firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Theresa joins the development team following work in the classroom and the non-profit sector. She began her engagement in the education reform movement as a Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia. Following TFA and time in non-profit development, Theresa returned to a school-based role as a lead teacher at KIPP DC. She went on to teach both elementary and middle school at KIPP DC’s Douglass Campus, including leading a founding team at Heights Academy. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Justice & Peace Studies from Marquette University and a Master’s in Urban Education from University of Pennsylvania. Through her role as Manager of Individuals Giving, Theresa works to connect donors with meaningful opportunities to become champions of KIPP DC.
- Eric Lynch | Grants Associate email@example.comRead Bio
Eric joined KIPP DC in December 2015 as a Grants Associate. A native of Guilford, Connecticut, he graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and returned to Connecticut to support major gift fundraising efforts at Save the Children’s office in Westport. Eric then transitioned to the support of fundraising efforts for Whitby School, an independent K-8 school in Greenwich, before finding his current role at KIPP DC. In addition to his work at KIPP, Eric is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School at The George Washington University.
- Rebecca Maltzman | Managing Director of CTR and Professional Development firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Rebecca most recently served as the Director of Teacher Development Strategy at the District of Columbia Public Schools and as the Managing Director of Academics at Scholar Academies, where she oversaw curriculum, assessments, instructional coaching and professional development. Rebecca began her career teaching second grade in Camden, New Jersey as a Teach For America corps member. She received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Toll Public Interest Scholar and taught a senior level seminar on Education Law. She also holds a Bachelors of Science from Northwestern University and was a Zuckerman Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, from which she holds a Master’s in Education Policy and Management.
- Katie McMahon | Associate Director of Recruitment email@example.comRead Bio
Katie McMahon joined KIPP DC in July 2010. Prior to joining KIPP DC, Katie was a DC Teaching Fellow and taught first and eighth grade special education in the D.C. Public School system. Katie received a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
- Kevin Mehm | Managing Director of Operations firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Kevin Mehm is our Managing Director of Operations. He grew up in Herndon, VA, went to high school in Connecticut, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and graduate school. He began his career in TV sports production, traveling around the country and providing graphics and statistics for live sporting events. After graduate school, he worked in the computer industry doing brand management, product management, and product portfolio strategy for Lenovo. He transitioned into education through the Broad Residency program with a placement at Prince George’s County Public Schools. He was most recently responsible for improving the business and operational practices of the district’s Division of Supporting Services.
- Kim Neal | Managing Director of Secondary Schools email@example.comRead Bio
Kim Neal was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University as a first generation college graduate. Upon completion, Ms. Neal began her career in education as a Teach for America in St. Louis, MO at Vashon High School. While in St. Louis, she earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University. Ms. Neal then moved to New York City where she was a School Social Worker and a Dean of Students in K-8 charter schools in Harlem. While in New York, she earned a Master’s degree in Education and School Building Leader Certification (NY) at Teachers College-Columbia University. In 2008, Ms. Neal moved to Chicago, IL to become the Founding Principal at Muchin College Prep. Ms. Neal’s passion for education and social justice has been evident throughout her career. She holds high expectations for staff and students and pushes everyone to become their best selves.
- Lauren Outlaw | Director of Policy firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Lauren hails from northern New Jersey. She attended Columbia University where she majored in Political Science and Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington where she received her juris doctorate. Lauren has always been passionate about child advocacy and education policy. To that end, during her final semester in law school, she participated in an externship at the Children’s Defense Fund’s D.C. office, which further solidified her desire to pursue a career in these fields. She returned to D.C. after law school to become the Policy and Advocacy Associate at FOCUS, and was there for about two years. After leaving FOCUS, she clerked at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on a domestic relations docket. Lauren is excited to join the KIPP DC family to continue supporting the charter school movement!
- Jessica Peters | Instructional Technology Coach email@example.comRead Bio
Jessica Peters joined KIPP DC in July 2014 as the Instructional Technology Coach. Jessica grew up in Arkansas and attended the historic Little Rock Central High School before heading to Boston University. She spent several years in the corporate world before officially getting into education, starting a coexistence project in Israel and then going on to earn her Master’s in Peace Education. Jessica was a 2011 TFA Corps Member in the Delta, teaching high school math. Prior to her move to D.C., she was a math teacher for Achievement First in Connecticut.
- Nadel Pierre-Toussaint | Manager of CTR Recruitment & Selection Nadel.Pierre-Toussaint@kippdc.orgRead Bio
Nadel Pierre-Toussaint joined the HDQ team as our Manager of CTR Recruitment and Selection in July 2015. Nadel is a Brooklyn, NY native and Philly enthusiast. She attended Syracuse University where she received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations before joining the 2007 Teach for America – Philadelphia corps. Her experience teaching secondary math ignited her passion for educational equity and driving communities to take action on vital issues. After several years of teaching, Nadel transitioned to corporate America as a communications and outreach specialist supporting federal and local government flood awareness programs. She holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Nadel also serves as a member of Teach for America’s Collective DC Board. She is thrilled to join the KIPP family and bring promising teachers to DC classrooms.
- Lorraine Ramos | Director of School Operations firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Lorraine Ramos joined KIPP DC in October 2010. As Director of School Operations, Lorraine oversees operations across KIPP DC schools and serves as an advisor on issues ranging from operational innovation to crisis management. Prior to joining KIPP DC, Lorraine spent over a decade with Disney, first as a Regional Site Controller overseeing ESPN Zone’s East Coast locations and later, as an Assistant General Manager of a $10m Disney entertainment complex. Lorraine has a BS in Accounting and is a voracious reader of leadership and change management books. She proudly hails from the Bronx, NY, and is a foodie, dancer, and mother of a beautiful daughter.
- Dontae Rawlins | Accounting Associate email@example.comRead Bio
Dontae joined KIPP DC in March 2016 as the Accounting Associate. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Bowie State University with a background in finance. Prior to working at KIPP DC, he spent nine years at Capital One in the finance division working with the banking, auto, and credit division as a finance manager.
- Adam Roberts | Director of Instructional Technology & Innovation firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Adam Roberts joined KIPP DC in January 2010, and is currently the Director of Innovation & Instructional Technology. The Instructional Technology team manages KIPP DC’s instructional tech strategy and provides a number of technical, logistical and PD supports to teachers and school leaders so that they can focus on implementing their plans with fidelity. Prior to this role, Adam led the Information Technology team for four years, with a focus on setting our schools up with strong infrastructure and technology support processes. Before joining KIPP DC, Adam taught middle and high school math and A.P. Computer Science at a D.C. area charter school as a Teach For America Corps Member, and served as Director of Institute Technology with Teach For America. Adam received a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida and a MAT in Secondary Mathematics from American University.
- Adam Rupe | Director of Communications and Marketing email@example.comRead Bio
Adam Rupe is KIPP DC’s Director of Communications & Marketing. Adam grew up in rural Ohio and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in history and political science. He started his career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching second grade at an all-boys charter school in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. After his time in the corps, Adam joined TFA’s staff working on their recruitment and marketing teams. As a first-generation college graduate, Adam has a deep appreciation of KIPP DC’s mission and a strong commitment to growing KIPP’s impact through communications and marketing.
- Nate Schwartz | Director of Business Operations firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Nate Schwartz joined KIPP DC in June 2014 and is the Director of Business Operations. Nate had previously worked with KIPP DC as an Education Pioneers Fellow during the summer of 2013. He completed his MBA at Georgetown University in May 2014. Prior to going back to business school, Nate taught middle school Spanish and worked in admissions and diversity for six years at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Nate earned a BA in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania and following graduation served as a local governance consultant in Paraguay with the Peace Corps, where he spent much of his free time working in schools.
- Amber Scott | Manager of Professional Development and Certification for CTR email@example.comRead Bio
Amber Scott joined KIPP DC in July 2014 as the Manager of Professional Development and Certification for CTR. After graduating from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Amber relocated to join the Metro DC, Teach for America Corps. As a strong advocate for early childhood education, Amber has taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 3rd grades. She taught with a charter network in the city, but spent the majority of her teaching career with D.C. Public Schools. In the spring of 2013, Amber had the highest percentage of proficient and advanced students in both reading and math on the DC CAS in her school building. For her leadership both in and out of the classroom, Amber has served as Lead Teacher, Mentor, and Close Reading Literacy Facilitator. Amber received a Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.
- Robert Spriggs | Communications & Marketing Associate Robert.Spriggs@kippdc.orgRead Bio
Robert Spriggs joined KIPP DC in June 2016 as a Communications and Marketing Associate! Robert started his career at UNCF working with the Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund and then moved to Leadership for Educational Equity to continue his work in supporting education in underserved communities. Most recently Robert was a consultant with Capital Partners for Education, where he developed communications and marketing strategy and social media campaigns. Robert graduated from Dickinson College where he was a student athlete, majoring in Sociology and playing NCAA football.
- Kyle Stewart | Senior Manager of Financial Planning firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Kyle was born in Seattle, WA and attended the University of San Diego where he earned his BA in Accountancy. As a senior at San Diego, he was elected to be the Director of Finance for the Associated Student Body, and was later accepted to teach middle school mathematics in St. Louis through Teach For America. While teaching in St. Louis, Kyle completed his Master’s in Secondary Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and after finishing his two-year commitment with TFA, he moved to Washington D.C. and taught a third year as a test-preparatory specialist within DCPS. Outside of work, Kyle is a sports fanatic, enjoys playing and producing music, paints regularly, and typically commutes on his bike.
- Liz Striebel | Managing Director of Literacy email@example.comRead Bio
Prior to joining the KIPP DC team, Liz Striebel served as the Director of Academics at Achievement Prep. Liz previously worked as the Managing Director of ANet DC, providing coaching support around the adoption of data driven instruction and the Common Core Standards. She has over thirteen years of education experience as a teacher, curriculum author, instructional and leadership coach in D.C. and New York City. She holds a B.S. in Special Education from NYU and a M.S. in Education from Fordham University.
- Susan Toth | Chief Academic Officer, Primary Schools firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Susan Toth is a Chief Academic Officer at KIPP DC, working primarily with KIPP DC College Preparatory High School and KIPP Through College. She was previously the Director of Secondary Academics at KIPP DC. Susan began her teaching career in Seattle Public Schools, teaching reading, writing, special education, social studies, and science. Prior to joining KIPP DC, Susan was a school leader of a diverse 900+ student high-poverty public school in the Seattle Public School system, transforming it to become one of the highest performing schools in Washington State. She believes deeply in the vision and mission of ensuring that our students are successful in getting to and through college; she believes that setting ambitious goals for student achievement, supporting great teaching and school leadership, creating joyful school experiences, and establishing supportive and strategic partnerships with students and families are key tenets in making this a reality. Susan graduated with a BA in History and English from the University of Washington, and earned her Masters Degree at Seattle University. After teaching for several years, Susan earned her educational leadership credentials from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.
- Lauren Washington | Human Resources Associate email@example.comRead Bio
Lauren Washington joined KIPP DC in October 2016 as a Human Resources Associate. Lauren is a native of Harford County, Maryland. In 2011, Lauren received her Bachelors of Art in Criminal Justice, from Delaware State University. Lauren began her Human Resources career at Howard University where her passion for education, and the ability to be of service to others, was refined. Lauren remains active in the community by volunteering at several nonprofits throughout the DC, Metropolitan Area.
- Dea Watkins | Controller firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Dea, a native Washingtonian, joined KIPP DC in October 2015 from Ernst and Young LLP. She has a Master’s in Accounting from the University of North Carolina and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has worked as a contractor with numerous accounting firms as well as within the Federal government as an employee at the Federal Aviation Administration. Her technical career has focused on financial accounting services and operation improvement engagements. Her specific expertise include policy development and implementation, internal audit, financial reporting, internal control assessments, compliance, and quality assurance.
- Lazette Wells | Business Manager email@example.comRead Bio
Lazette is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and has been living in Baltimore for 11 years. She has two amazing children, Taylor and Noah, and graduated from the University of Baltimore where she majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Lazette is very passionate about personal financial planning for adults and financial literacy in children. To that end, she volunteers with Operation Hope where she teaches students about personal financial planning. She is excited to work at KIPP DC because she believes that all children should be provided with a solid mental, emotional, and physical foundation during their childhood to increase their chances of becoming successful in adulthood.
- Sumner Weymouth | Associate Director of Finance firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Sumner Weymouth joined KIPP DC in December 2013 as the Associate Director of Finance. Prior to joining KIPP DC, Sumner served as the Director of Finance and Planning at Aidan Montessori School. Sumner holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He has lived in D.C. for the past 15 years, but you can still hear the Southern twang come out due to his Alabama roots.
- Kelli Whalen | Director of Accountability email@example.comRead Bio
Kelli Whalen joined KIPP DC in June 2012 as Compliance Manager at the Benning Road Campus. She now supports the Director of Accountability with policy issues and management of the Compliance Team. Before joining KIPP DC, she spent two years teaching Middle School English in Prince George’s County, Maryland as a Teach For America corps member. Kelli moved from her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to attend American University and has been a proud DC resident ever since.
- Leaton White | Information Technology Associate firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio
Leaton White joined KIPP DC as a member of the Headquarters IT Department. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from The University of Tampa in 2005, he became a Technical Support Engineer for a software development company called CMS GlobalSoft, Inc. in Lorton, VA. Accompanying his seven year tenure at CMS is an extensive background in technical troubleshooting, software implementation, systems integration, and last but not least, Q/A Testing and product deployment. Joining the KIPP DC family has provided Leaton with an inside opportunity to apply his technical expertise to a valiant cause and, in his own words, “take part in the growth of an educational movement that would make any Washington, DC native beyond proud.”
- Kate Williams | Accounting Manager email@example.comRead Bio
Kate Williams is a native New Yorker who received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Elmira College and her MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Kate has experience in accounting, HR, and sales, and most recently, she worked as a Development Officer at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
- Dane Anderson | Vice President of Operations & Finance firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Bio