2023今晚澳门开特马 Team

This diverse and talented team brings skills and experiences to 2023今晚澳门开特马 that help us provide the highest quality education to KIPPsters.

  • Executive Leadership

    • Susan Schaeffler,

      Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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      Susan Schaeffler is the founder and chief executive officer of 2023今晚澳门开特马. She oversees all school leadership and academic programming, and plays a direct role in supervising the performance of students, staff, and the KIPP Through College & Career program. As an inaugural Fisher Fellow, Susan founded 2023今晚澳门开特马 KEY Academy in 2001 and has since guided 2023今晚澳门开特马鈥檚 growth into the highest performing PreK3-12 school system in Washington, D.C. with eighteen schools educating 6,800 students. Prior to founding 2023今晚澳门开特马, Susan spent nine years in the classroom, first as a Teach For America corps member in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned Teacher of the Year honors. In addition, Susan 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. Susan earned her bachelor鈥檚 in human development and family studies from Colorado State University and master鈥檚 in instructional systems design from the University of Maryland. Under her leadership, 2023今晚澳门开特马 was a Race to the Top District grant recipient, and have won national distinctions such as the Department of Education鈥檚 National Blue Ribbon School Award and the National Title One Distinguished School Award.

    • Shannon Hodge,

      President
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      Shannon Hodge is President of 2023今晚澳门开特马 Public Schools, where she helps drive the strategic direction of the organization and oversees central functions that support great schools. Before joining 2023今晚澳门开特马, Ms. Hodge served as the founding director of the DC Charter School Alliance, a nonprofit charter advocacy and support organization. She was also executive director of Kingsman Academy Public Charter School, which she co-founded to serve District of Columbia students at risk of dropping out because they were overaged and undercredited, had attendance and truancy issues, or had emotional and behavioral challenges.

      A former high school counselor, guidance director, and attorney, Ms. Hodge has worked in and around education at the local, state, and federal levels for much of the past twenty years. She holds a bachelor鈥檚 degree from Harvard, a law degree from Stanford, and master鈥檚 degrees from Georgetown, Harvard, and Purdue.

    • Tom Clark,

      Chief Strategy & Advancement Officer
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      Tom Clark joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in 2014 and serves as 2023今晚澳门开特马’s chief strategy & advancement officer. In this role he is responsible for leading 2023今晚澳门开特马鈥檚 fundraising efforts, marketing and communications strategy, organizational culture and executive operations, board of directors, and various other external affairs functions. Tom grew up all around the country but has called D.C. home for more than 15 years. He obtained his bachelor鈥檚 degree from Wake Forest University and master鈥檚 degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Tom began his career teaching high school Spanish in Baltimore, Maryland before working for Teach For America on teacher recruitment and training, fundraising, marketing, and events for several years. Tom can frequently be found chasing his dog, Toby at the dog park across the street from 2023今晚澳门开特马鈥檚 Shaw Campus.

    • Jami Dunham,

      Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer
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      Jami Dunham joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in April 2018 and serves as the organization’s chief equity and inclusion officer. Prior to assuming this role she served as the deputy chief academic officer for high schools. Jami leads 2023今晚澳门开特马鈥檚 diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and guides our anti-racism efforts. Jami is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and obtained a bachelor of arts in English and a bachelor of arts in French from Howard University and a master鈥檚 degree in Education Administration from Trinity University. Prior to joining 2023今晚澳门开特马, Jami spent a decade leading at Paul Public Charter School. While Jami isn鈥檛 working she can be found spending time with her husband and two children at any number of their sporting events and games including soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, track, and cross-country.

    • Justin Ellis,

      Chief Financial Officer
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      Justin Ellis joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in January 2015 and is the organization’s chief financial officer. In this role, he oversees the organization’s accounting and finance team. Throughout his tenure at 2023今晚澳门开特马, Justin has been instrumental in developing and implementing various financial strategies and procedures. Before joining 2023今晚澳门开特马, he worked in financial services, accounting, and auditing at several private sector firms. Justin is a native of Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Elon University before becoming a certified public accountant. In his free time, Justin enjoys cooking, golfing, traveling, and spending quality time with his lovely wife and two toddlers.

    • Rebecca Maltzman,

      Chief Talent Officer
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      Rebecca Maltzman joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in June 2015 and is the organization’s chief talent officer. Rebeca has been a key leader in our instructional talent development work. Throughout her tenure with us, Rebecca has led the knowledge & learning team which manages our suite of teacher development (Capital Teaching Residency, the Fellowship in Special Education, and the Teacher Launch Cohort) and leader development (Teacher Leadership, New Deans and Coaches, Rising Leaders, and Principals-in-Residence) programs. She has launched new initiatives, strengthened existing ones and supported the recruitment and selection efforts for teachers and leaders. Prior to her time at 2023今晚澳门开特马, Rebecca worked in talent development at DC Public Schools and in various charter schools in DC and Philadelphia. Rebecca started her career as a teacher in Camden, NJ.

    • Mekia Love,

      Chief of Schools
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      Mekia Love started in 2005 as a Vice Principal at 2023今晚澳门开特马 KEY Academy and was the founding school leader at 2023今晚澳门开特马 Lead Academy. She served as deputy chief academic officer for elementary schools at 2023今晚澳门开特马 for 3 years, and is now serving as Chief of Schools. Ms. Love has years of teaching experience in public schools and was awarded the U.S. Department of Education鈥檚 American Star of Teaching award in 2007 and The KIPP Excellence in Teaching award in 2008. She earned her Bachelor鈥檚 degree from the University of Colorado, a Master鈥檚 degree in educational leadership from National Louis University, and an Executive Master鈥檚 in Leadership from Georgetown University.

       

    • Jacque Patterson,

      Chief Community Engagement & Impact Officer
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      Jacque Patterson re-joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in June 2018 as the chief community engagement & impact oficer. Jacque will be responsible for building even deeper relationships with families, community organizations, and civic leaders. Jacque moved to Washington, D.C. in 1995 while serving in the United States Air Force. He immediately became involved in the communities of Ward 8, where he still resides. In 2000, he was elected as an ANC Commissioner representing 8B07, serving for four terms until 2008. During this time, he also was selected as a Capital City Fellow by former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, eventually becoming his community affairs coordinator.

      Jacque was previously a managing director at the Federal City Council, director of management & administration at Martha鈥檚 Table, and most recently, the D.C. regional director of Rocketship Education. He has also has been appointed to a number of boards and commissions including the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency board of directors, Veteran Affairs advisory board, the St. Elizabeth Redevelopment Initiative advisory board, the DCPS Chancellor鈥檚 Parent Cabinet, the Democrats for Education Reform-DC advisory board, the Higher Achievement board of directors, and the 2023今晚澳门开特马 board of directors.

      Jacque earned a bachelor鈥檚 degree in education from Southern Illinois University and a master鈥檚 degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Greater Washington and a member of the 2017 class of public and charter school leaders in Georgetown University鈥檚 executive leadership master鈥檚 program.

    • Saumil Shah,

      Chief Information & Operations Officer
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      Saumil Shah joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in 2019 and currently serves as its Chief Information & Operations Officer. In this role, Saumil leads the school operations, information, and facilities teams to create safe and welcoming learning environments for students and staff and to provide excellent customer service to support schools operationally. Prior to joining 2023今晚澳门开特马, Saumil held a variety of strategy and operations roles at Deloitte Consulting, SunPower, and as the head of his own consulting practice. He began his education career through Education Pioneers where he worked at the Oakland Unified School District developing alternative teacher compensation models. Later, Saumil helped launch the Achievement School District in TN, working in capacities including Director of听Strategy, Director of Technology & Data, and Chief of Staff.

      On a personal level, Saumil is a native of Holmdel, New Jersey. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master鈥檚 degree from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. In his free time, Saumil enjoys brunch.

    • Susan Toth,

      Chief Academic Officer
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      Susan Toth joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in July 2012 as the director of secondary academics and currently serves as our chief academic officer. Susan guides our early childhood schools, elementary schools, and high school as they create the powerful, joyful learning experiences that put our incredible students on the path to and through college and career. Susan comes to D.C. from Seattle, Washington. She obtained her bachelor of arts from the University of Washington, master of arts from Seattle University, and principal certification from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington. Prior to joining 2023今晚澳门开特马, Susan worked for 16 years as a teacher and school leader in Seattle Public Schools. In her free time, Susan enjoys exploring the D.C. area, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and inventing new recipes.

    • Sarah Jane Forman,

      General Counsel
  • Academic Leadership Team

    • Andhra Lutz,

      Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives
    • Liz Striebel,

      Senior Managing Director of Literacy & Humanities
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      Liz Striebel joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in July 2015 as the managing director of literacy and humanities. Liz provides support to school leaders as they implement joyful and rigorous curricula in grades K-12. Liz is a native of Floral Park, New York and obtained a bachelor of science in special education from New York University and a master of science in education from Fordham University. Liz previously worked as the managing director of ANet DC, providing coaching support to schools as they adopted data-driven instruction and the Common Core standards. She has over sixteen years of education experience as a teacher, curriculum author, instructional and leadership coach in D.C. and New York. While Liz isn鈥檛 working, she can be found reading, biking and spending time with her family and friends.

    • Tiffanie Williams,

      Senior Managing Director of STEM
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      Tiffanie Williams is the managing director of STEM at 2023今晚澳门开特马. She began her teaching career in Ruleville, Mississippi as a Teach For America Corps Member and continued teaching elementary school to 4th and 5thgraders in DC Public Schools. After 5 years, she joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 as a middle school math teacher, vice principal and principal. Most recently, Tiffanie served as the founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction at a computer science school in DC before returning to 2023今晚澳门开特马. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio. Tiffanie is a staunch advocate for education equity and firmly believes in empowering students to live choice filled lives.

    • Sommer Wynn,

      Deputy Chief of Schools, Early Childhood Schools
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      Dr. Sommer Wynn joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in 2010 as a PreK4 teacher. Starting in 2017, she served as the principal at Discover Academy, and is now our deputy chief academic officer of early childhood schools. In this role, she supports students, staff, and families at 2023今晚澳门开特马鈥檚 six early childhood schools. Dr. Wynn has a personal passion for early childhood learning, children, teachers, and leaders. In 2017 she earned a doctorate in education from Howard University. In her free time, Dr. Wynn enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, exploring DC museums, and trying out new restaurants.

    • Allison Artis,

      Deputy Chief of Schools, Elementary Schools
    • Patrice Billups,

      Deputy Chief of Schools, Middle Schools
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      Patrice Billups听joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in summer of 2009 as a math teacher at AIM Academy and KIPP College Preparatory High. She also worked as the school leader of 2023今晚澳门开特马 Valor Academy, 2023今晚澳门开特马鈥檚 Executive School Leader Resident, the school leader of 2023今晚澳门开特马 Legacy College Preparatory and is now the Deputy Chief of Schools. She joined the Valor Academy staff as a vice principal听and moved into the principal role in the summer of 2018. 听In this role, Patrice focuses on developing the whole child by preparing students academically, socially, and emotionally, for successful living. She is a native of Hayneville, Alabama 鈥 home of the civil rights movement. Patrice earned her bachelor鈥檚 degree from Alabama A&M University and graduated with her master鈥檚 degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Prior to joining 2023今晚澳门开特马, Patrice taught in DC Public Schools as a math teacher and department chair at Ron Brown Middle School. While Patrice is not working she can be found museum hopping, traveling and spending time with her family.

    • Abdullah Zaki,

      Deputy Chief of Schools, High Schools
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      Abdullah Zaki joined the 2023今晚澳门开特马 team as deputy chief academic officer of high schools in 2022, where he supports advancing the student and staff experiences at our high schools. In his more than two decades of experience, Zaki has been an ELA teacher, vice principal, and principal at both traditional and charter schools in DC.听 Most recently, he served as the principal and head of school for Thurgood Marshall Academy in Ward 8. Zaki has a deep commitment to fostering student engagement and learning, staff development, and directing instructional programs to meet the needs of all students.

    • Kenya Harmon,

      Managing Director of Extended Learning and Enrichment
  • School Leaders

    • Stephanie Beltr谩n-Delinois,

      School Leader / 2023今晚澳门开特马 Quest Academy
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      Stephanie Beltr谩n-Delinois joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in June 2015 as a 2nd-grade teacher and is currently the principal at 2023今晚澳门开特马 Quest Academy. Stephanie is a native of Providence, Rhode Island, and obtained a degree in Anthropology from Colorado College. Before joining 2023今晚澳门开特马, Stephanie was a founding 1st and 2nd-grade teacher at KIPP Jacksonville. When Stephanie isn鈥檛 working, she can be found recreating meals from her favorite restaurants and spending time with her wife and two cats.

       

    • Shannon Woolery,

      School Leader / 2023今晚澳门开特马 Legacy College Preparatory
    • Donyale Butler,

      School Leader / 2023今晚澳门开特马 Inspire Academy
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      Donyale Butler is the Founding Principal of Inspire Academy at the Wheeler campus and joined the 2023今晚澳门开特马 team and family in July 2018. Donyale is committed to serving the students and families of Ward 8. She understands the importance of all students receiving a quality education. In order to prepare future leaders with the skillsets needed to be successful in a 21st-century society. She holds a bachelor鈥檚 degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and a master鈥檚 degree in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education from the University of St. Thomas. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Donyale鈥檚 family members are avid sports fans with a hearty appetite for good food and fun times!

    • Lauren Catalano,

      School Leader / 2023今晚澳门开特马 WILL Academy
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      Lauren Catalano joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in July 2019 as a school leader and is currently the school leader of WILL Academy.听 In this role they set the vision and goals of the school program, build and foster relationships among students, team, and families, as well as collaborate with key stakeholders to provide an equitable, joyful, and rigorous experience for all members of the school community.听 Lauren is a native of Brooklyn, NY and obtained a Bachelor鈥檚 degree from Florida Atlantic University, a Master鈥檚 in Reading Education K-12 from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master鈥檚 in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.听 Prior to joining 2023今晚澳门开特马, Lauren worked/began their career teaching elementary school in south Florida at Somerset Preparatory Academy.听 When Lauren isn鈥檛 working, they can be found reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and fur child, Antonette.

    • Gillian Conner,

      School Leader / 2023今晚澳门开特马 Northeast Academy
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      GillianConner听joined 2023今晚澳门开特马 in 2004 as a 7th听grade math teacher.听 In her time at 2023今晚澳门开特马, she has worked as a math teacher, a special education teacher, a vice principal of KCP, the founding principal of Valor Academy, and a math instructional coach.听 She is currently the principal of Northeast Academy and is very excited to get to work with such a wonderful group of families, students, and educators.

    • Michael Cordell,

      School Leader / 2023今晚澳门开特马 The Learning Center