Adierah Berger

Adierah Berger

Chief Executive Officer/Head of School, International High School of New Orleans

Adierah Berger has served at International High School of New Orleans since 2016. She began her work as Chief of Staff and Director of Curriculum and Instruction before becoming principal in 2017. She is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer and Head of School. As a graduate of McDonogh 35 Senior High School, Dr. Berger earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans, her Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Xavier University.

Dr. Melanie Askew Clark

Dr. Melanie Askew Clark

Founder and Head of School,
Élan Academy Charter School

Dr. Melanie Askew Clark began her career in education as a research assistant in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. She has worked as a founding teacher, instructional coach, curriculum content specialist, adjunct professor, and educational consultant. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development, a Master of Education in Organizational Leadership, and a doctorate in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

Jolene Galpin

Jolene Galpin

Chief Executive Officer,
ARISE Schools

Jolene Galpin has worked almost two decades in education, serving as a teacher, instructional coach, school leader, and network leader. She became CEO of Arise in 2021 after serving as executive director and principal. During her tenure as principal of Mildred Osborne Charter School, the school earned an A Progress Rating in 2018 and 2019.

Dr. Rulonda Green

Dr. Rulonda Green

Principal,
Dwight D. Eisenhower Charter School

Before serving as principal of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dr. Rulonda Green worked as an assistant principal, classroom teacher, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She is a 2021 graduate from the University of Holy Cross, where she earned a Doctorate in Executive Leadership Program (DIELP).

Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson

Chief Academic Officer,
Community Academies of New Orleans

Stephanie Jackson’s career began as a middle school teacher, cheerleader coach, and instructional coach in Mississippi. She then worked in New Orleans, where she was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and interim principal with Capital One-New Beginnings Charter School Network, as well as the Director of Schools for the Recovery School District. Mrs. Jackson transitioned into the role of principal of W.L. Abney Elementary in the Saint Tammany Parish School District, where she was named Elementary Principal of the Year in 2021.

Anne Kramer

Anne Kramer

Chief Academic Officer,
Edward Hynes Charter Schools

Anne Kramer began her career in institutional banking with First Commerce Corporation for nine years. After obtaining her teaching certification from the University of New Orleans, she taught intermediate grades. She has also served as grade level leader and an instructional coach. Ms. Kramer worked as the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for Hynes Charter School Lakeview, and she eventually served as principal of Hynes Charter School.

Brionne Marcelle

Brionne Marcelle

Chief Academic Officer,
Young Audiences Charter Schools

Brionne Janee-Stewart Marcelle serves as the Chief Academic Officer at Young Audiences Charter Schools. Ms. Marcelle has served in various instructional leadership capacities, including but not limited to, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, assistant school leader, and principal.

Vasy McCoy

Vasy McCoy

School Director,
Schaumburg Elementary School

After a decade as an architect, Vasy McCoy started his teaching career as a high school science teacher and was awarded district high school teacher of the year in 2009. Shortly thereafter, he was named the founding school director of ReNEW Accelerated High School. For 6 years, Vasy served as the Chief of School Leadership at ReNEW and is currently the School Director at Schaumburg Elementary.

Ryan Ruyle

Ryan Ruyle

Middle School Principal,
Morris Jeff Community School

Ryan Ruyle is the middle school principal at Morris Jeff Community School. Ryan earned teacher of the year as an eighth grade special education teacher in his second year of teaching in 2009. In 2010, he became the founding Special Education Coordinator at Morris Jeff Community School. He has served as the founding Dean of Students, Middle Year Programme (MYP) Coordinator, and middle school principal.

Sophia Scott

Sophia Scott

Executive Director / Opportunities Academy

Sophia Scott is the Executive Director of Opportunities Academy (OA). Prior to her current role, Sophia served as the Principal in Residence at OA and the Director of College Access Programs for Collegiate Academies (CA). Before going to work as a Manager of College Completion at CA in 2016, Sophia worked in alternative schools as a special education professional.