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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.