Our Alumni


Our Alumni




LEAH   Brooke Charter School


Brooke Charter School










YSABEL   Brooke Charter School


Brooke Charter School

NADINE   Denver Math Fellows


Denver Math Fellows




ANNE   Memphis Teacher Residency


Memphis Teacher Residency


LESLIE   Math Teacher at Creighton Middle


Math Teacher at Creighton Middle

JORDAN   English Teacher at STRIVE Prep


English Teacher at STRIVE Prep

JOSÉ   Family Liaison at MLK Early College


Family Liaison at MLK Early College

AARON   Social Studies Teacher at KIPP St. Louis


Social Studies Teacher at KIPP St. Louis


STEFANIE   Fulbright Scholar


Fulbright Scholar

JORDAN   Princeton in Asia


Princeton in Asia

SHANERA   Fulbright Scholar


Fulbright Scholar

Our Team

Our Team


Our Team

Our Team


Amneris Narvaez, Director of Western MA Programs

Amneris Narvaez is a Western MA native and graduate of Holyoke Public Schools. She began her college education at Holyoke Community College before receiving a B.S in Special Education from Westfield State University and an M.Ed from Lesley University. Amneris taught special education in the Springfield Public Schools for eight years. She aspired to impact her students’ education at the policy level and transitioned to Stand for Children Massachusetts where she served as a Family Engagement & Organizing Manager for almost four years. She joined the Generation Teach Team in 2019. As a teacher, advocate, and parent, Amneris is passionate about education and furthering opportunities for students across the Commonwealth.

Baseemah (Bee) Nance, Director of Finance & Administration

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.

Cynthia Ramirez, Director of Providence Programs

Cynthia Ramirez is a Providence, RI native, who has dedicated her professional career to education and empowering young people to be the present and future leaders. She joined the Generation Teach Team in 2018. She has more than eight years of experience working in this field, helping close the opportunity divide that exists within our communities. Prior to Generation Teach, Cynthia worked at the Woonsocket Middle and High Schools, where she coordinated and led after-school programs, offering a variety of academic and social enrichment opportunities. In addition, Cynthia was a leader for Year Up, where she taught and co-designed the Customer Service courses, co-taught Introduction to Computers, led student outreach, recruitment, selection, and worked closely with the local leadership and board, serving as a thought partner on the organization’s strategies and efforts. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Rhode Island College.

George Ramsay, Director of Operations

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.

Heidi (Erbe) Dotterrer, Chief Program Officer

Heidi 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.

Ismael Ramos, Director of Denver Programs

Ismael Ramos joined Generation Teach in 2018 to give back to his community. He grew up in Southwest Denver and is a proud graduate of Denver Public Schools (DPS). Ismael supported middle and high-school students as a Youth Treatment Counselor at Tennyson Center for Children and as an Educational Counselor for Denver Kids, Inc. He managed community partnerships and connected students with post-secondary opportunities and families with wrap-around services as a Regional Coordinator with DPS’s Office of Family and Community Engagement. A recipient of a Daniels Fund Scholarship, Ismael holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Colorado Denver.

Ivelisse Sanchez, Senior Director of Massachusetts 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.

Nisha James, Finance & Program Associate

Nisha James joined Generation Teach in 2018. She is a proud alumna of the University of Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. As a first generation college student, she sought organizations on campus that would not only allow her to grow as an individual but also impact the lives of others. She had the opportunity to be part of the Multicultural Business Program and Delta Sigma Pi throughout her college career. Post graduation, she is excited to have a direct impact on the lives of students on their journeys to achieve excellence.

Our Board

Our Board


Our Board

Our Board


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.

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