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Our Tribe of program leaders and fellows consist of senior level executives, consultants, entrepreneurs, principals, assistant principals, senior directors, directors, deans, teachers, and a whole host of diverse roles that are impacting educational spaces across the country.


Debon Lewis

Program Coach

Founder/CEO, Transformative Growth Partners

Debon Lewis is an educational leader and social entrepreneur whose experiences include developing & coaching leaders, managing projects, facilitating training, and teaching both students and educators.


Kevin Torres

Associate Director, Business Management

Noble Story Group

In his three years working with Achievement First as Executive Assistant to the co-CEO and President and Special Projects Coordinator to the co-CEO, he's worked in a multitude of settings and conditions on self-directed and team projects.


Keith Brooks

Founder/Program Director

Partner, Noble Story Group

Keith is currently a partner at Noble Story Group. Prior to his current position, Keith served school communities for sixteen years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. 


David Hardy Jr.

Program Coach

Managing Partner, Ed Elements

David Hardy Jr. is currently the Managing Partner at Ed Elements, an equity focused consulting firm based in California. Prior to, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Lorain City School District in Ohio

2021-2022 Fellows

2021-2022 FELLOWS.

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Scotty Jean Baptiste

Math Instructional Coach, Achievement First Navigator


Boston, MA 

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Joe Ellis

Math Instructional Coach, Achievement First Navigator

Newark, NJ

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S'ken Evans

Assistant Principal, Ascend Public Charter Schools

Brooklyn, NY

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James Frier

Principal, UP Academy Boston

Boston, MA

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Jose Guerrero

Dean of School Culture, Achievement First 

Brooklyn, NY

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Kyle Keenan

Dean of Students, KIPP Houston

Houston, TX

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Eugene Newsome

Principal, Democracy Prep

Bronx, NY

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Yemi (Zacch)


Bronx, NY

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Rob Santos

Manager of College Readiness, KIPP NYC

Bronx, NY

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Danny Suriel

Director of Equity & Partnerships, UP Education Network

Boston, MA

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Richard Tucker 

Principal, Ascend Public Charter Schools

Brooklyn, NY

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Jamie Downs

Principal, YES Prep

Houston, TX

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Malcolm Eustache

Principal, Firstline Schools

New Orleans, LA

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Jared Francis

Principal, DREAM Charter School

Harlem, NY

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Timothy Garcia

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, Ethical Fieldston School

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Corbet Houston

Principal, Howard University Middle School

Washington, DC

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Raymond Mullings

Assistant Principal, Washington

Latin Public Charter School

Washington, DC

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Joshua Ocasio

Academic Dean, Achievement First

Brooklyn, NY

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Michael Osikoya

Dean of Students & Families and Instructional Coach, Compass Rose Schools

San Antonio, TX

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Shawn Saunders

3rd Grade Mentor Teacher, Ascend Public Charter Schools

Brooklyn, NY

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Brandon Taylor

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, DREAM Charter School

Harlem, NY

2020-2021 Fellow

2020-2021 FELLOWS.

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Director, 10 Zip Codes Project

Long Island, NY

Mark Atkinson


Principal-in-Residence, KIPP Miami

Miami, FL

Courtney Bethel

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Senior Director of Student Experience, Achievement First

Brooklyn, NY

Shamel Duncan 


Principal, Village of Excellence Academy

Tampa, FL

Romaine Edwards


Senior Director of Family Engagement and External Relations, UP Education Network

Boston, NY

Adkeem Jackson

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Principal, Ascend Public Charter Schools

Brooklyn, NY

Justin Moorman


Principal, Achievement First

Brooklyn, NY

Martin Palamore


Dean of School Culture, Brooklyn Lab Charter School

Brooklyn, NY

John Pettaway


Principal, Achievement First

Providence, RI

Donavan Tracy


Dean, UP Education Network

Boston, MA

Oginga Walters


Educator, KIPP NYC

Brooklyn, NY

Omari Wiltshire


Transition Counselor, KIPP College Prep

Bronx, NY

Jonathan Baez

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Dean of Teaching and Learning, KIPP NYC

Bronx, NY

Eric Cato


Principal, Mastery Charter Schools

Philadelphia, PA

Le'Yondo Dunn


Dean of Students, KIPP NYC

Bronx, NY

Fernando Fiorentino


4th Grade Humanities Teacher, Achievement First/NYU M.A. ELPA Candidate

Brooklyn, NY

Dev Julien


Principal, Achievement First

Brooklyn, NY

Dumar Paden


Director of Student and Family Affairs, Public Prep

Stamford, CT

Steve Paul


Director, Achievement First

Miami, FL

Jerry Silva


Principal, Match Education

Boston, MA

Jacob Waites


Math Director/Navigator Math Coach, Achievement First Charter Network Accelerator

Brooklyn, NY

Rogers Williams


Co-Conspirators, Allies, Mentors.


Claude Trahan



Executive and Lawyer

Formerly lead human resources officer and senior operations officer for large energy company. Expert in litigation, human resources, business management and strategic and business planning

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Matt Taylor



Founder & CEO, Noble Story Group

Matt has coached or trained hundreds of education and non-profit leaders across the leadership pipeline, from CEOs to principals to teacher leaders.

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Davon Russell



President, WHEDco

Davon Russell is a lifelong educator and mentor who believes in the transformative power of early childhood and youth education and the arts. He currently serves as President at WHEDco, a South Bronx based non profit organization.


Doug McCurry



McCurry Consulting LLC

As the former co-CEO & Superintendent of Achievement First, Doug formed McCurry Consulting LLC in 2020 to support schools, charter management organizations, districts, and city support organizations in driving transformational change. 

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