By the numbers
5-8 Grades by 2019
600 Scholars by 2019
OUR SCHOOL LEADER
For our Families
Policies & Resources
Smilow 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
Smilow Prep does not follow the same calendar as JPS.
Courtney Simmons McKee
Originally from New Orleans, Victoria completed secondary schooling on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and experienced the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This solidified her career goals of rebuilding communities at the state and local level. She attended Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and then joined the Mississippi Teacher Corps through the University of Mississippi. She taught U.S. Government at Forest Hill High School (also in Jackson, MS) while coaching volleyball, tennis, and sponsoring other student leadership programs. Victoria completed the M.P.P. program at Vanderbilt's Peabody College while teaching with RePublic Schools as a founding member of the Nashville Academy of Computer Science team.
5th Math Teacher
Leigh was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Leigh left Louisiana to attend college in Memphis, TN and spent a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. From Memphis, Leigh moved to Washington, DC and Buffalo, NY before deciding to attend law school. However, Leigh could not get away from the idea of teaching. After graduating law school, Leigh joined the Teach For America corp,s where she spent two years teaching first grade in the Louisiana Delta. Leigh attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, where she earned her B.A. in History, with minors in Political Science and Global Studies, before receiving her Juris Doctor from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law and M.S. in Education Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
5th English Teacher
Jena Howie earned her B.A. in Communication from Baylor University in Waco, TX. During her Teach for America commitment, Jena taught in Yazoo City, MS where she recognized her love for Mississippi and her career in the classroom. Jena believes children are the key to our future and works with passion to ensure all have opportunity and freedom to explore their ideas and fulfil their dreams.
Lynzie is in her seventh year in education. Most recently, she was an Academic Strategist for Hinds County School District, where she worked to support teachers instructionally. Previously, Lynzie taught math at the elementary, middle, and high school levels— from 4th grade self-contained to precalculus and statistics. She served as Grade Level Chair at Hazlehurst Elementary School and Academic Success Chair at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School. Lynzie graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and Africana Studies from Bowdoin University, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College.
Director of Operations
Alex has lived across the South and he spent many years in both Jackson, MS and Gulfport, MS. Seeing the disparities in the quality of education as he moved from state to state fueled Alex’s passion for education reform at a young age. He attended Millsaps College, where he was also hired to oversee event scheduling after an undergraduate career of student government, campus programming, and strategic planning. Prior to joining the RePublic team, Alex worked for EdgeTheory — a startup marketing firm — where he improved the company’s financial systems and managed its first human resources department.
5th Computer Science & Science Teacher
Topher considers Mississippi his adopted home. A recent graduate of the University of Mississippi, Topher studied Philosophy and English in the Barksdale Honors College. During his time in Oxford, Topher involved himself in many academic and extracurricular endeavors, including the creation of Populi Magazine, a magazine devoted to supporting the intellectual and artistic voice on campus.
Associate 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.