Our team is committed to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

Sandra Kinne
Lead Founder & Executive Director 

 
  • Began teaching in the Compton Unified School District as a Teach For America corps member in 1999
     

  • Voted by peers as “Teacher of the Year” at King Elementary for the 2005-06 school year
     

  • Served in many leadership roles as a teacher, including School Site Council chairperson, Leadership Team member, lead teacher for the Gifted and Talented program, and as an elected CEA representative
     

  • More than 12 years of teaching experience, including in a special education school for emotionally disturbed students and at a K-8 urban charter school where 97% of students qualified for free or reduced lunch
     

  • Served for three years as an instructional coach with Teach For America - Las Vegas, working with 1st- and 2nd-year teachers in the Clark County School District


 
  • Was a School Director at two sites as part of Teach For America’s Summer Institute in Phoenix
     

  • Was an Assistant Principal at a Title I middle school in California
     

  • Worked in education for the State of Nevada and completed the Building Excellent Schools, or BES Fellowship
     

  • Former military dependent, growing up on Army bases around the world
     

  • Holds a B.A. from Syracuse University, M.A. Ed. from Loyola Marymount University, and M.P.A. from Columbia University
     

  • Has teaching credentials in California and Nevada, with a preliminary admin credential in California

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alejandro Rodriguez
Board Chair & Founding Board Member
Justin Long
Founding Board Member
Jennifer Braster
Board Vice Chair & Founding Board Member
Tracy Gniewek
Founding Board Member
Anthony Vu
Founding Board Member
Jon Haskel
Founding Board Member