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Our Alumni


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ALUMNI PROFILES

HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS TRYING TEACHING

ALEXANDRA KIPP Denver Collegiate High School

ALEXANDRA

KIPP Denver Collegiate High School

 TONY STRIVE Prep SMART Academy

 TONY

STRIVE Prep SMART Academy

KALINA Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

KALINA

Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

JADON Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College

JADON

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College

COLLEGE STUDENTS EXPLORING CLASSROOM CAREERS

 ACELYNN  Colorado College

 ACELYNN 

Colorado College

 JULIUS Columbia University

 JULIUS

Columbia University

 NICOLLE Williams College

 NICOLLE

Williams College

 PRESTON Bowdoin College

 PRESTON

Bowdoin College

 

ALUMNI PATHWAYS

WHERE WILL YOUR GT SUMMER TEACHING FELLOWSHIP LEAD YOU?

 

TEACHING RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS

LEAH Brooke Charter School

LEAH

Brooke Charter School

ERIN MATCH Teacher Residency

ERIN

MATCH Teacher Residency

JULIA KIPP MA

JULIA

KIPP MA

BRYCE KIPP MA

BRYCE

KIPP MA

MARY Brooke Charter School

MARY

Brooke Charter School

AISHA KIPP MA

AISHA

KIPP MA

YSABEL Brooke Charter School

YSABEL

Brooke Charter School

NADINE Denver Math Fellows

NADINE

Denver Math Fellows

KEYANA KIPP MA

KEYANA

KIPP MA

BROOKLYN STRIVE Prep

BROOKLYN

STRIVE Prep

DEVON Brooke Charter School

DEVON

Brooke Charter School

ANNE Memphis Teacher Residency

ANNE

Memphis Teacher Residency

THE CLASSROOM

LESLIE Math Teacher at Creighton Middle 

LESLIE

Math Teacher at Creighton Middle 

AURORA Denver Math Fellows

AURORA

Denver Math Fellows

JORDAN English Teacher at STRIVE Prep

JORDAN

English Teacher at STRIVE Prep

SELINA City Year Member 

SELINA

City Year Member 

JASON Corps Member - TFA New Orleans

JASON

Corps Member - TFA New Orleans

JOSÉ Family Liaison at MLK Early College

JOSÉ

Family Liaison at MLK Early College

AARON Social Studies Teacher at KIPP St. Louis

AARON

Social Studies Teacher at KIPP St. Louis

DAHLIA City Year Member

DAHLIA

City Year Member

GRADUATE SCHOOL

ALEXANDRA University of Denver

ALEXANDRA

University of Denver

 JIYOUNG Tufts

 JIYOUNG

Tufts

TYLER UMass - Amherst

TYLER

UMass - Amherst

DANIELA      Trinity University - San Antonio

DANIELA

     Trinity University - San Antonio

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS

STEFANIE Fulbright Scholar

STEFANIE

Fulbright Scholar

MAYA York English

MAYA

York English

 JORDAN Princeton in Asia

 JORDAN

Princeton in Asia

SHANERA Fulbright Scholar

SHANERA

Fulbright Scholar

Our Team


Our Team

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Our Team

TEAM

Letisha Harris Amuwo, Director of Western MA Programs

Letisha Harris Amuwo served as the 2016 Boston Generation Teach Summer Academy Dean of Social Studies & Operations and joined the team full-time in 2017. A former middle-school social studies and math teacher at Nativity Prep, Letisha has served as an AmeriCorps member, Field Trip Coordinator, and sixth-grade social studies teacher and content team leader for an in-district charter Boston Public School. She has pioneered an inclusive sixth-grade social studies curriculum and launched an after-school enrichment program, Afrocentricity, to provide students of color with the history of marginalized communities and current events, such as the Black Lives Matter Movement, through an Afrocentric lens. Letisha graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Psychology and a double minor in African American Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Heidi Erbe, Chief Program Officer

Heidi Erbe joined Generation Teach and launched our second Denver site in 2015. Heidi brings experience as a 6th-grade teacher at KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy and eight years of experience directing and launching Breakthrough Collaborative summer programs. At Breakthrough, Heidi led student recruitment, selection, and support; curriculum development and implementation; and volunteer, intern teacher, and instructional coach recruitment, selection, and supervision. She founded two Breakthrough sites in new cities and served as the chair of Breakthrough Collaborative’s Directors’ Council and represented directors on the Breakthrough Collaborative Board of Trustees. Heidi manages the California region of Middlebury College’s Alumni Admissions Program. She holds her B.A. in Environmental Science, Biology, and Education from Middlebury College.

Baseemah (Bee) Nance, Director of Finance

Bee Nance is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than a decade of professional experience in accounting, budgeting, and financial management. She joined the Generation Teach Team in 2017. Prior to Generation Teach, Bee provided financial oversight to multi-million-dollar non-profit organizations and worked as an Accounting Professor for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC and San Jacinto College in Houston, TX.  She loves teaching and believes education is essential to society’s future. She is committed to educating future generations and increasing diversity in the classroom. Bee welcomes the continued challenge of working in education to make the world a better place. She holds both her B.S. and M.S. in Accounting.

Karen Perez, Nonprofit Fellow

Karen was a 2015 Generation Teach Denver Teaching Fellow. She loved her GT experience and joined the team in 2017.  As an undergraduate, Karen worked as the Student Engagement & Activities Coordinator at the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response. Coordinating prevention education led her to explore a career in education. Karen Perez graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

George Ramsay, Director of Special Projects

George Ramsay joined Generation Teach in 2016. Following a Breakthrough summer teaching fellowship in 2011, George co-founded the Students For Education Reform UNC-CH chapter where he supported campaigns in three states to influence electoral action. George brings experience as a consultant for the social entrepreneurship corps in Ecuador, as a curriculum developer for Rocketship Education’s optimized classroom initiative, and as a founding middle school math teacher at Summit K2. George earned his B.A. in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar. He holds a credential in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Ivelisse Sanchez, Director of Boston Programs

Ivelisse Sanchez is a Boston, MA native and has worked in K-12 public education for almost a decade. She was a middle-school English as a Second Language teacher in Boston Public Schools before transitioning into recruitment at UP Education Network. There, she founded and led the organization’s diversity initiatives, including managing the Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force, overseeing the implementation of the Bridge Mentoring Program for new employees of color, and assisting UP in attracting, recruiting, and hiring a talented and diverse staff. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University.

Laura Zahn, Founder & CEO

Inspired by a summer teaching fellowship to pursue a career in education, Laura Zahn founded Generation Teach in March 2014 to scale summer teaching fellowships in partnership with district and charter schools. A former Breakthrough Teaching Fellow, Instructional Coach, Executive & Program Director, national board member, and Chief Academic Officer, Laura has served as a middle- and high-school teacher, middle-school principal, school improvement consultant, and NH Department of Education School Improvement Grant (SIG) Consultant. A recipient of a Paul Douglas Teaching Scholarship, Laura graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Humanities from Messiah College and holds an M.A. in liberal studies from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in educational administration from National University, as well as experienced educator credentials in English grades 5-12 and K-12 principal leadership.

Our Board


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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Robert "Bob" Karr, Chair

Robert Karr was principal of Joho Capital from 1996 to 2014, and now manages investments for the Joho family office. Prior to founding Joho, he ran Tiger Management in Tokyo. Bob is the co-founder and director of the Hollyhock Foundation since 2003, through which he is seed funder and advisor to the Stanford Hollyhock Fellows program. He is on the boards of Generation Teach, The Japan Society, UKA, Uncommon Schools, Horizons at St. David’s School, and Zearn. Bob has a B.A. in economics from Stanford University (1984) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1990) and grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He is married to Suzanne Karr and has two teenage sons.

Norman Atkins

As the Co-Founder and President of Relay Graduate School of Education, Norman Atkins has led the institution since 2008. Norman is also the Founder, Board Chair, and former CEO of Uncommon Schools, one of the nation’s highest-performing nonprofit charter management organizations with 38 schools serving 10,000 students. In 1997, he co-founded and co-led North Star Academy of Newark, one of New Jersey’s very first and most celebrated charter schools. From 1989 to 1994, he was the Co-Executive Director of the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. In recent years, Norman has helped found Zearn, an education technology start-up, and has joined the board of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. He began his career as a freelance journalist, writing about education, poverty, politics, culture, and social issues for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Parenting, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Norman earned an A.B. in History from Brown University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Columbia University Teachers College.

Suzanne Karr

Suzanne Karr is the mother of two teenage boys, and is co-founder and director of the Hollyhock Foundation. She is on the board of Generation Teach and a member of the advisory council of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She is a former trustee of three Uncommon Collegiate Schools and St. David’s School (in Manhattan). Prior to business school, she worked at the Harvard Art Museums and was a teaching fellow in fine arts. From 1990-97, she worked for Sotheby’s in New York and Tokyo. Suzanne has a B.A. from Tufts University (1982), M.A from Williams College (1985) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1990).

Thackston Lundy

As the Chief Operating Officer of Uncommon Knowledge and Achievement, Inc. (UKA), Thackston Lundy provides ongoing support to a variety of education projects, including Generation Teach. Before joining UKA, Thackston was Chief of Staff at Relay Graduate School of Education. Previously, he worked as the Director of Operations at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, a 5th-8th grade charter middle school and member of Uncommon Schools. Thackston began his career in public education in New York City as an Associate in the Department of Education's Chancellor's Strategic Response Group. Thackston earned his B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He received his M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Tim McManus

Tim McManus was the Chief Financial Officer of Joho Capital from 1996 to 2014 and now serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Joho family office.  He previously served as assistant controller at Soros Fund Management and senior accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he obtained his CPA.  Tim is a Director and Treasurer of the Hollyhock Foundation and a member of the finance committee for Uncommon Schools. Tim earned a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College (1990).

Laura Zahn, ex officio