Student Recruitment Associate
Ri’charda, a native of Memphis, TN, received her M.P.A. from the University of Memphis, and her B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee. Her passion for addressing inequity, stems from her personal educational experiences from being a high performing high school student to facing a harsh reality of being a first-generation college student unequipped with the skills necessary to succeed in college. Ri’charda believes that in order to bridge the academic achievement gap in low-income and minority communities, we must change the status quo by increasing standards for students, providing rigorous curriculum and support for students based on their individual learning style, and hiring exceptional, well-trained educators. She believes that all children are capable of achieving academic excellence, and it is time to refine public education and success for students in order to help them attend college and successfully graduate.
Computer Science Curriculum Designer
Katie previously worked as an Algebra 1 teacher in Hammond, Indiana. She was a Teach For America Chicago corps member at Morton High School, where she was honored as top first-year teacher. During her time working for Teach For America, Katie was involved in fundraising and welcoming new corps members. Katie graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Business.
Director of Math
Alex started his career in education teaching 7th and 8th grade math in St. Louis. From there, he transitioned into high school and taught Algebra II at the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago while also coaching soccer. It was there that his passion for data became more than a hobby, as he started serving as the Data and Analytics Manager in addition to teaching before joining RePublic as a full time data analyst. He earned his B.S. in Finance from Miami University.
Director of Computer Science Curriculum
Michael joined the RePublic team as a Founding 6th Grade Math Teacher at Liberty where his scholars outperformed students in Williamson County, the highest performing county in Tennessee. While at Liberty, Michael served as a Dean of Students, Grade Level Team Leader, and 7th Grade Math Teacher. Under his instruction, 100% of the 7th grade Algebra scholars scored Advanced on the End of Course Exam. He pioneered the computer programming curriculum at Liberty, helping to expand the curriculum across multiple grade levels. Prior to working with RePublic, Michael worked in the Mississippi Delta as a Teach For America corps member where he doubled the school wide math proficiency scores. He graduated from Bard College with a double concentration in Global and International Studies and Sociology.
Director of Growth & Advancement
Kate has worn many hats at RePublic. Most recently, she was the Trail Blazer in Mississippi, where she led the launch of RePublic’s network in Jackson. She previously served as Director of Operations at Nashville Prep, where she managed all day-to-day business operations of the school. She began her career as Nashville Prep’s Founding Chief of Staff and later the Director of Academic Operations, where she coordinated the Prep Plus Summer Math Skills Institute. Kate received her B.A. in History from the University of Virginia, where she was an Alternative Spring Break site leader and a member of Alpha Chi Omega.
After selling his retail game store, James began to teach himself computer programming. After four years of working with charter schools in Memphis, he gained a passion for working in education. He joined the RePublic team, bringing his experience and skills to continue helping schools know their full potential with data. James earned his B.A. from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN.
Manager of Academics
Anna is a native Nashvillian who taught high school English for three years in Metro Nashville Public Schools after a long stint in the hospitality industry, including many years at Robert’s Western World. She left teaching to pursue her M.Ed. at Vanderbilt University and to explore the education non-profit world. She is passionate about fostering collaboration and communication between non-profits, schools, community stakeholders, and businesses to better public education. When she has free time, Anna can be found gardening, gaming, re-reading fantasy novels, or singing with her band — Little Country Giants.
As a graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Anna serves as a Compliance Associate at RePublic Schools within a district that is close to her heart.
She earned her B.A. from the College of Wooster in Political Theory in pursuit of one day earning a Master in Public Policy. After graduation, she returned to Nashville to work at the Nashville Public Education Foundation, where she was able to experience how a united community prerogative can propel schools forward when coupled with thoughtful nonprofit investment.
Her overarching interest in education policy is bolstered by a drive to personally affect students’ lives for the better. You can still find her volunteering at Model United Nations conferences and Youth in Government conferences for Metro Schools' high schoolers.
Chief of Staff
Liz’s fire for education in Nashville is fueled by her time at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Antioch, TN. She taught a self-contained 7th grade class – where she led 100% of her scholars to score Proficient or Advanced in math, science and social studies, and 71% in literacy on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment. Passionate about bringing great leaders to this work, Liz joins the RePublic team from Teach For America’s national Recruitment Team, where she managed talent recruitment for the organization across the state of Tennessee. Liz was a Teach For America corps member in Nashville, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science.
Ashley Davis Gallimore
Associate Director of Talent
Ashley began her career in education as a middle school US History teacher in Miami, FL. After several years of teaching, she moved to Nashville to join Teach For America Greater Nashville staff, where she helped manage district partnerships and alumni leadership. Recognizing the fundamental role that teacher talent plays in ensuring educational equity for all students, Ashley spent the last four years working at The New Teacher Project developing and managing teacher recruitment and selection processes for several large urban school districts. Ashley was a Teach For America Miami-Dade corps member. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.
Director of Student Recruitment
As Liberty’s Director of Operations and Founding Director of Students and Families, Amber led her team to exceed student enrollment goals each year. Amber developed Liberty’s first Parental Involvement Committee, where she led monthly parent meetings and family events, and also built Liberty’s extracurricular program. Amber graduated from Belmont University with a B.A. in Journalism.
Chief Academic Officer
Kevin draws on a diverse background in law and education to serve as RePublic’s first Chief Academic Officer. Most recently, Kevin was the Senior Managing Director of Instructional Management for Success Academy, the highest performing network of charter schools in New York City. Kevin managed principals and the instructional team at Success, which grew to 32 schools, serving 10,000 students, who most recently scored in the top 1% and the top 3% respectively of the New York State Math and English Language Arts exams.
Kevin started his career as a high school history teacher at a boarding school, where he also served as a coach, theater director, and dormitory parent. He then practiced intellectual property law in Washington, D.C. at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Kevin received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. from Tufts University.
Prior to joining the RePublic network team, Dana supported school-based operations at Nashville Prep, most recently as the Director of Operations. Before moving to Nashville in 2013, Dana provided GED and supportive services to adolescents in the Mid-City and Central City neighborhoods of New Orleans. During her six years in New Orleans, Dana worked with several charter schools and community organizations, as well as with private practice mental health clinicians. Dana graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.S. in Psychology. She received her M.S.W. from Tulane with a professional project focusing on Afrocentric-informed program development. She is currently a licensed Social Worker in the state of Tennessee.
Alex taught Special Education at Glenn Enhanced Option Elementary in Metro Nashville Public Schools, where her students averaged 1.5 years of reading growth. Alex began her career at RePublic teaching 5th grade Literacy at Liberty Collegiate. Her students earned the highest growth in the state on their end of year state examinations and achieved over two years of reading growth. Alex has a Master’s degree in Teaching, Leading, and Learning from Lipscomb University and earned a B.A in Public Relations and Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Director of Computer Science Expansion
Joanna wanted to be part of the movement for educational equity after witnessing the injustice of the school-to-prison pipeline while tutoring inmates at the Suffolk County House of Corrections in Boston, MA. After college graduation, she joined the Teach For America Corps in Memphis, TN. As a 5th and 6th grade math and science teacher, she served as the head of math common core in her school, while leading her students to achieve more than 2.5 years of growth. After moving back to her hometown of Chicago, Joanna worked with TNTP Chicago Teaching Fellows developing high school math teachers and working with summer school math curricula. She then ventured into the financial sector where she worked as an Investment Consultant and honed business development skills. Joanna graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Sociology. She also received her M.Ed. from Christian Brothers University.
Associate Director of Talent
A native Georgian, Kyli returns to the south by way of Providence, RI. While in Rhode Island, Kyli taught middle school English Language Learners for two years at Roger Williams Middle School, where she was a member of the Instructional Leadership Team and chair of the grant writing committee. Recognizing the need to connect policy decisions to stakeholders and classrooms, Kyli spent the last year staffing a campaign and working as a community organizer at Rhode Island Is Ready. Kyli was a Teach For America Rhode Island corps member. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and her A.M. in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.
Catherine began her career at RePublic as an Operations Fellow at Nashville Prep, and later served as an Operations Associate as well as the Director of Operations. Prior to joining RePublic, Catherine worked in Hyderabad, India for nine months, where she worked to improve the quality of affordable private schools as part of the IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise. Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics. At Rhodes, Catherine served as president of the Mathematics Club, family coordinator of the Rhodes Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as well as a middle school mathematics tutor. She co-founded Rhodes first intentional community which focused on sustainable living and community service.
Student Recruitment Associate
Dedicating most of her personal time to community service, Maria has spent numerous years volunteering and working with a variety of educational institutions and community organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is very passionate about education and believes that it makes an critical difference in transforming a child’s future - no matter their background. A recent Huntsman graduate, Maria received both her B.A in International Studies and B.S in Business Economics and Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Parent Engagement Coordinator
Sheri is a founding parent of Nashville Prep with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa. Following an auto accident, Sheri changed careers by becoming a parent coordinator for AmeriCorps. After years of volunteering, she joined the RePublic team. Sheri empowers parents to advocate on behalf of their children and to become the voices of their scholars throughout Nashville & beyond. Parents are their children's number one cheerleaders & their voices are vital to a great education. Sheri maintains dual-citizenship, with her sons Cornel and Kofi attending Liberty Collegiate Academy and RePublic High School, respectively.
Regional Director of Operations
Richard served as the Founding Director of Operations at Reimagine Prep, where he managed all day-to-day and start-up business operations of the school. Prior to joining the founding staff at Reimagine, Richard taught high school Spanish as a Teach For America corps member, leading his students to a 92% passing rate of the New York Regents Second Language Proficiency Examination. He was the Spanish Department Chair and a varsity football coach. He is passionate about business and education and is excited to work in a role that will utilize both skill sets. Richard graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Finance and Spanish.
Before moving to Nashville, Abby was Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School of the Uncommon Schools network. During her time at Uncommon, she also served as a teacher of 7th and 8th grade ELA as well as curriculum specialist for 8th grade writing. Prior to that, she worked at Achievement First, The MATCH School, and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. She has a M.S. Ed. from Hunter College Teacher U.
Director of Schools
Annie was previously the Principal and Founding 6th Grade Reading Teacher at Liberty Collegiate. She also taught in the Mississippi Delta as a Teach For America corps member. She is a graduate of George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and African Studies. Annie loves to read, explore, talk about anything related to the state of Minnesota, and attempt to cook.
Director of Network Operations
Abigail was the Founding Director of Operations at Liberty Collegiate Academy, where she led the school from start-up to full growth and managed all day-to-day business operations. Abigail was previously a Founding Literacy Teacher at Young Scholars Frederick Douglass School in Philadelphia. Abigail helped manage the transition from a traditional public to a public charter model with nearly 700 students and more than 60 faculty. Abigail continued to make an impact in the classroom while also taking on a leadership role as the manager of the school intervention team. In this role, Abigail and a team of 12 faculty and staff managed a caseload of more than 100 K-8 students. Abigail was a Teach For America Philadelphia corps member. She received her B.A. in English, Political Science, and Business from Calvin College.
Director of Cato Computer Science Center
Hailey Rowe has been spent years developing programming for youth in Nashville. Hailey joined the RePublic team to bring free and accessible computer science after school programming to youth all over Nashville. Hailey graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelors of Arts in Visual Media Arts and a minor in Marketing. After graduating, Hailey worked in film in Los Angeles, helping score movie trailers and TV shows before moving back to Nashville to work at the Nashville non-profit, Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities.
Director of History
Christine previously served as the 6th Grade Reading Teacher and 6th Grade Chair at Nashville Prep. After joining the Nashville Prep team, Christine worked as a Planning Operations Coordinator with J.Crew Group in New York. As an undergraduate student at Davidson, Christine served as the captain of the Division I Varsity Field Hockey Team and was elected Defense Advisor of the Davidson Honor Council. Christine was a Teach For America corps member in Nashville and graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in English. She recently received her M.Ed. from Lipscomb University.
Chief Executive Officer
Jon has spent his career dedicated to transforming schools and policies to better serve students who have traditionally been underserved. He comes to RePublic from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, where he functioned as a program officer on the U.S. Education team’s expanding Quality Schools Options portfolio. In that role, he worked to support the creation of high quality schools by partnering with authorizers, regulators, districts, and charter operators to enlist stakeholders in creating a system of great schools through the creation, expansion, and replication of quality schools.
Prior to his work at the foundation, Jon was a managing director at a turnaround charter management organization, Scholar Academies, and the Office of School Innovation in Washington, DC Public Schools where he led schools that were focused on arts integration, STEM, and world cultures. He also worked at the Children's Defense Fund where he led advocacy efforts on quality health care, early childhood programs, and equitable juvenile justice policies. He began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, NC and SEED Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. Jon earned his B.A. in History at Denison University and M.A.Ed.’ in secondary education from Wake Forest University.
Math Associate & Teacher
Before joining the RePublic team, Rebecca worked for Deloitte Federal Consulting in Washington, D.C., where she also volunteered with College Bound and The Grassroot Project, teaching SAT prep and leading HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention education. As an undergraduate, Rebecca played on the Women's Varsity Soccer Team and served as an academic tutor and youth soccer coach. Rebecca graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with a focus in Education Policy and Economics.
Kenny joins RePublic after five years of working as a software consultant in Chicago area. He teams up with teachers to develop and maintain web application software created by RePublic. He’s driven to create easy to use tools that let teachers spend more of their time helping students learn. Kenny graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a B.A. in Computer Science.
Student Recruitment Associate
Prior to joining the RePublic team, Jasmine served Mississippi’s low-income youth as an Outreach and Admissions Counselor and Career Transition Specialist for the Job Corps Program. A native of the Mississippi Delta and a product of its school system, Jasmine is committed to fighting the injustices of public education. Jasmine is completing doctoral work in Higher Education Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi, and her research is focused on creating access for underrepresented minorities in the South. Jasmine received her M.P.A. from Belhaven University and her B.A. in English and Liberal Arts from Rust College.
Chief Financial Officer
Glenn brings with him almost two decades of finance and accounting experience, most of which involved working with charter schools throughout the United States. Glenn joined RePublic from 4th Sector Solutions, a leading provider of back office services to charter schools and educational nonprofits. Glenn served as the Chief Financial Officer of 4th Sector Solutions, where he was responsible for the startup and financial management of fifteen charter schools in Louisiana and three nonprofits. Glenn currently serves as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Top Honors, a math tutoring organization he founded in 2002 that provides fundamental math skills to over 100 students in New York City every year.
Glenn began his career in education with Edison Schools, a pioneer in the charter school movement, where he served as the Controller for the Charter Schools division. As the Divisional Controller, Glenn oversaw a team that was responsible for the financial management of over fifty schools in fourteen states and D.C. Glenn then became the Controller of Harlem Village Academies, a high performing charter network in New York City, where he was responsible for all of the accounting and finance functions and helped the organization grow from two schools to five schools. Glenn received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in finance and accounting.
Director of Special Education
Prior to joining the network team, Courtney served as the Director of Academic Supports at the Nashville Academy of Computer Science and worked with Tennessee's Early Intervention System, providing educational programming for families with young children with disabilities or developmental delays. She is a proud founder of local non-profit Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities. She still sits on the the Executive Board of Directors. Her most cherished accomplishments are being a mother and wife. Courtney has a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies, and a Master’s in Special Education.
Personalized Learning Software Developer
Delaine spent 3 years teaching math at a public school in Nashville, TN where her students earned the highest Algebra II growth in the district. She joined RePublic High School as the founding Computer Science teacher in 2015. While learning Computer Science alongside her students, she realized she enjoyed computer programming and wanted to learn more. She then decided to attend Nashville Software School. After six months of immersive training in computer programming, her passion for education had not waned. She rejoined RePublic as a Software Developer building a Personalized Learning Platform for students. She hopes that this platform will meet students where they are at, engage and challenge them, and prepare them to successfully tackle complex, real-world problems. In her free time she likes to do yoga, be outdoors, and learn new things.
Delaine graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she earned a B.A. in Mathematics and English as well as an M.Ed in Mathematics Education.
Chief Information Officer & Principal, RePublic High School
After spending three years running a non-profit youth arts organization, Ryan obtained his teaching license and began teaching math at Apollo Middle School in Nashville. During this time, Ryan began developing instructional software that helps teachers create individualized learning plans for their students. After two years at Apollo, he took over as the school’s math coach and simultaneously led workshops and after-school clubs teaching computer programming. Ryan now leads RePublic’s effort to develop a curriculum that can be implemented across the country to teach the skills and core principles of computer programming. Ryan received his B.S. in Audio Engineering from Middle Tennessee State University.