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


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


We are fortunate to have local and national supporters in this work. We have visited, studied, and learned from more than 50 schools across the country and within Clark County. We welcome opportunities to continue learning and partnering with organizations in alignment with our mission and vision.