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Reimagine PREP

 

Location

309 W. McDowell Road
Jackson, MS 39204
Map

By the numbers

2015

Founded

5-6

Grades

5-8 Grades by 2018

230

Scholars

600 Scholars by 2018

 

OUR SCHOOL LEADER

Christina McDonald

Christina McDonald

 

For our Families

 

Policies & Forms

Reimagine Prep does not follow the same inclement weather policy as JPS. In the event school is cancelled or delayed due to weather, every family will receive a phone call. Current information will also be posted on our Facebook and office voicemail.

 
 

Calendar & Events

Reimagine Prep does not follow the same calendar as JPS.

Tina Atkins

Tina Atkins

Student Supports Teacher

Tina brings vast experience to ReImagine Prep. Her experiences are in the areas of special education, school guidance counseling, and administration. Tina received a B.S. from the University of Southern MS, M.Ed. from Mississippi College, and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. Tina considers her greatest accomplishments to be her three terrific children and two fabulous grandchildren, Evan & Macy.

Blair Bingham

Blair Bingham

5th & 6th Computer Science Teacher

Prior to joining the RePublic team, Blair worked as the administrative assistant at a local preschool in Oxford, Mississippi. Having grown up in Jackson, Blair returned in order to serve the city that's so near to her heart. Blair earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Mississippi.

Rena Blaylock

Rena Blaylock

6th Math Teacher

Since her very first day of kindergarten, Rena, a native Mississippian, knew she would be a teacher when she grew up. She's a firm believer that education is the key to being the change you want to see in the world. Prior to joining Reimagine's founding team as a 5th Grade Math Teacher, Rena taught 4th grade at Pelahatchie Elementary School. Rena served on her school's leadership team and served as the 4th Grade Team Leader. Rena began her teaching career at Van Winkle Elementary school as a 5th grade teacher, where she served on her school's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Committee. Rena graduated from Delta State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education.

Freddric Brandon

Freddric Brandon

Dean of Students

Emmett Denson

Emmett Denson

Assistant Principal

Emmett has been involved in education as a teacher and football coach for the past seven years. While earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Jackson State University, he became passionate about the issue of criminal justice reform, and specifically the disparities in the incarceration rates of Americans from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Through research, he determined that these disparities were the result of education inequity and embarked on a lifelong mission to level the educational playing field for all children regardless of their zip code or how much money their parents made. After coaching and teaching science and social studies in inner city Jackson for five years, he became a founding member of Midtown Public Charter School. Now as member of RePublic Schools, he continues to fulfill his lifelong mission of ensuring that all students attend and graduate from the college of their choosing.

Corey Duncan

Corey Duncan

Associate Teacher

Corey is a native of Clinton, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in History.

Angela Henson

Angela Henson

6th Math Teacher

Angela is entering her twelfth year of teaching, which has been split between Canton Public Schools and Jackson Public Schools. She attended Jackson State University, where she received a B.B.A. in Management and a M.A.T. in Elementary Education. As a child, she grew up in Idaho Falls, ID and began her career in teaching and observing her own children's educational experiences. She realized that Mississippi's education system was failing to meet the needs of many of its students. Feeling empowered and motivated to make a difference, she decided to leave the traditional public school system and join RePublic's team to help fight educational injustices that has plagued her state and community.

Tresandria Hubbard

Tresandria Hubbard

6th English Teacher

Tresandria was a corps member in the Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program, and she previously served as a 7th grade and 6th grade social studies teacher at Hazlehurst Middle School. Tresandria was named the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at Hazlehurst Middle School, and she was the grade level team leader. She has also worked as an educational consultant for The Kirkland Group, and she served Kindergarten at Raines Elementary in Jackson, MS. Tresandria graduated with her B.A. in History from Mississippi State University, and her M.Ed. from Mississippi College.

April Maxwell

April Maxwell

5th Math Teacher

April joins Reimagine Prep after spending a year creating programming for very young scholars at the Mississippi Children's Museum and a year coordinating programs for lifelong learners in the Continuing Education Office at Millsaps College. Prior to moving to Mississippi, April taught 5th grade math in Philadelphia, PA and 7th and 8th grade math in Baltimore, MD for the KIPP network. April was a Teach For America corps member in Baltimore. She received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Chatham University, and her M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Christina McDonald

Christina McDonald

Principal

Prior to founding Reimagine Prep, Christina was the Assistant Principal at Nashville Prep. She previously was a Chorus Teacher at KIPP Infinity Charter School in New York City and the Executive Assistant to KIPP co-founder Dave Levin. Christina began her teaching career in the Metro Nashville Public School system after graduating with her B.A. in Music Education from Belmont University. Christina was named Nashvillian of the Year in 2012 by the Nashville Scene.

Lana Mize

Lana Mize

5th Math Teacher

Prior to joining the Reimagine team as a math teacher, Lana spent two years teaching in Rankin County Schools as a middle school and high school math teacher and taught classes ranging from 8th grade math to precalculus. Last year, Lana was heavily involved in the performing arts program and was the director of the school musical. In her free time, you can find Lana reading, shopping at thrift stores, drinking black coffee, and buying eyeglasses online. Lana holds a B.S. in Psychology from Millsaps College.

Richard Pettey

Richard Pettey

Director of Operations

Richard serves as the Director of Operations at Reimagine Prep, where he manages 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.

Laramie Riggs

Laramie Riggs

Dean of Community Life

Laramie Riggs graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Communication as well as International Studies with an emphasis on Global Health. As a former corps member of Teach For America, Laramie taught 8th grade math in Greenwood, Mississippi and fell in love with the young men and women she had the opportunity to work with. The relationships she made with them are the fire behind her passion for working towards making quality education a reality for all students.

Pheron Russell

Pheron Russell

5th English Teacher

Pheron is a proud native of Jackson, Mississippi, as well as a product of the Jackson Public and Hinds County School Systems. While attaining her undergraduate degree, Pheron discovered her passion for education and became committed to the fight against educational inequity. Pheron served as a Teach For America corps member in the Arkansas region, teaching high school English for two years in Arkansas's most impoverished region. There, she was able to combine her love for college promotion and teaching by forming an organization dedicated to exposing students to and preparing students for higher education. Pheron received her B.A. in English from Wiley College.

Paola Samaniego

Paola Samaniego

5th History Teacher

Peggy Seaton-Cain

Peggy Seaton-Cain

6th English Teacher

Peggy graduated from Rust College with a B.A. in Social Science. Once, she believed her calling was law and had planned for a life in the political arena. Realizing that she was meant for something different, she entered the education field. Peggy is a first year teacher.

De'Ryan Shanklin

De'Ryan Shanklin

Associate Teacher

Ambreia Tucker

Ambreia Tucker

Student Supports Teacher

Carly Upton

Carly Upton

5th English Teacher

An Alabama native, Carly always loved reading and escaping to other worlds. At the University of South Alabama, she explored her passion for reading, writing, history, and other cultures and a way to share that with others through a B.A. in English and Masters in Secondary Education. Now in her second year of teaching, Carly fosters a lifelong love for reading and self discovery through writing. 

Trey Vernaci

Trey Vernaci

Director of Operations in Residence

Trey is a Mississippi native and has long been interested in education equity, social justice, and law. Growing up in a small town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Trey attended public schools in the Hancock County School District and then moved to Jackson, MS to pursue a degree at Millsaps College.  During his time at Millsaps, Trey served as the Student Body President and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity. In addition, Trey conducted and presented research on the social and political implications of "religious freedom" legislation in Mississippi and completed an internship focused on education policy with now Public Service Commissioner, Cecil Brown. Trey graduated from Millsaps College with a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Spanish, Economics, and Latin American Studies.  Trey believes that our future is dependent on quality education and is excited about the small part he plays in furthering that cause.

Chelsea Williams

Chelsea Williams

5th & 6th Science Teacher

Before coming to Reimagine Prep, Chelsea taught science in Jackson Public Schools as member of the Delta Corps of Teach For America and served as the science Learning Team Leader. While at Peeples Middle School, Chelsea lead her students to a 91% proficiency rate on the 8th grade MST test. Chelsea is passionate about using science to tap into scholar's natural curiously and to drive their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Chelsea graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Biology and Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master's of Public School Leadership through Columbia University's Summer Principal's Academy.