5th & 6th Grade 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.
Director of Student Supports
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.
7th Grade ELA Teacher
Sean earned his B.S. in Entertainment Industry from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began teaching high school English in Jackson, MS, as a Teach for America corps member. Sean believes in the exposure and opportunity that education affords to our scholars, and he is committed to seeing them succeed as readers and leaders.
7th Grade ELA Teacher
Aiesha was raised in Hazlehurst, MS, where both her mother and father were teachers, which influenced her ultimate calling as an educator. She attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College to study Early Childhood Development, then transitioned to Mississippi College where she received her Bachelors and Masters degree in elementary education. Aiesha has always had a love for teaching younger youth, but after working with preteens at a summer camp in Rhinebeck, NY, Aiesha knew that she wanted to expand her teaching career and work with middle school aged children in the classroom.
6th Grade Math Teacher
Jelicia Crawford, a native of Indianola, MS, graduated from Mississippi University for Women in May 2013. She later received her teaching certification from Belhaven University. Jelicia's love for children along with her own love of learning makes her passionate about teaching. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her daughter.
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.
7th Grade Math Teacher
Keri joined ReImagine Prep after two years teaching in a middle school in Yazoo City, MS, after four years as a child care counselor in a residential group home setting. In her spare time she volunteers at various cheer/dance camps. Her educational background is in healthcare administration as she received a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University and a master's degree from Mississippi College.
Front Office Receptionist
Sierra Francois, a proud Jacksonian, graduated from the University of Mississippi in May 2016 with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. She returned home to Jackson, after having spent an additional year in Oxford, MS working for a rising tech company. Sierra is excited to begin her career in education with Reimagine Prep.
7th Grade History 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.
5th Grade ELA Teacher
Stephanie is a native of Magee, MS. She earned a B.A. in Speech Communication from The University of Southern Mississippi and a M.A. in Teaching from Belhaven University. Prior to joining Reimagine Prep, she taught 10th Grade English at Terry High School, where 94% of her students scored Advanced or Proficient and 99% passed the MAP English 2 Exam. Mrs. Hubbard has been an educator for the past nine years and is dedicated to encouraging, motivating, and cultivating scholars to be their best.
Originally from New Orleans, LA, Elisa graduated from Jackson State University with a B.S. in Psychology. Professionally she has a background in clinical trials research and once owned a home schooling and tutoring service. Elisa lives by the motto "if it is to be, it is up to me" and encourages each and every individual to get active in learning. She enjoys helping children adapt and learn at their own pace in a manner that is uniquely tailored to them and is 100% dedicated to working with scholars and families to ensure that each child has the opportunity, resources and support to succeed.
5th Grade 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.
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.
Student Supports Teacher
Before Sara joined Republic, she had been in the teaching field for ten years as a secondary teacher. She moved to the corporate world as a Content Specialist for a national publishing company. She has also been an educational consultant working with the bottom 25% schools in Mississippi. It was during this time she saw the inequality in education and had to become pro-active in serving our children. She has a passion for everyone having a quality education and helped found a school in rural Nicaragua where now 100 students are the 1st generation of educated in their families. She is a national speaker and author of 2 books on Racial Reconciliation. She earned her B.A in History from Winthrop University and an M.S. Ed in Educational Leadership.
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.
7th Grade Math Teacher
Sophie hails from the Bay Area, and though she still thinks that the West Coast is the best coast, her home -- and heart -- are in the South. Sophie began her career teaching sixth grade at Humphrey's County Junior High in Belzoni, MS, and then spent time in New Orleans, LA,, teaching 4th grade ELA at KIPP Central City as well as 7th/8th grade Math in the Ninth Ward. Sophie has a B.A. in Honors English and a B.A. in History from the University of Pittsburgh, and a M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
6th Grade ELA Teacher
Ashlee previously worked as an 8th Grade English teacher in Greenville, MS. She was a Teach For America Mississippi corp member placed to teach English Language Arts. During her time working for Teach For America, Ashlee was involved in welcoming new corps members as well as leading content for English Language Arts. Ashlee graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, with a B.A. in Political Science and a double minor in Journalism and Business Management.
Dean of Students
Roger, a native of Greenville, MS, is a graduate of Jackson State University with a B.S. in Accounting. Prior to working at Reimagine Prep, Roger taught music at Canton Elementary School. He works hard everyday to build remarkable relationships with the scholars in efforts to positively influence their character.
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.
5th Grade ELA 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.
De'Ryan Shanklin is a native of Isola, Mississippi, the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He is a Mississippi Valley State University alumnus, and began his educational career in the Jackson Public School system. He is an advocate for educational equality and equity, which is made apparent is his extracurricular activities, such as mentoring the youth. In his spare time, De'Ryan enjoys constructing playwrites, cultivating his passion for the arts. He was even featured in the 2014 box-office hit, "Get On Up".
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.
Director of Operations
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.