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KIPP Team & Family in Action

Every day, big KIPPsters innovate to do what is best for their students. They are constantly seeking new ways to do their work even better, and their creative ideas are helping KIPP students gain the knowledge and character strengths they need to succeed in college and in life.

Below you can read the stories of just a few of our passionate teachers, leaders, and staff and learn how they are making an impact on KIPP students across the country.

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Herman Brown

8th Grade Math Teacher
KIPP Bridge Charter School, Oakland, CA

Herman Brown

Herman Brown grew up during the civil rights movement and chose to sacrifice his NBA draft spot to become a teacher in his community. As a master teacher with nearly 40 years in the classroom, his commitment to continuously improving his teaching practice remains as strong as ever. Today he is working with a team to reinvent his school's entire middle school math curriculum to align to the new Common Core standards, to ensure that all of his students will be ready for the challenges of college and the world beyond.

Anthony Grant

7th Grade ELA Teacher
KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory, Tulsa, OK

Anthony Grant

Anthony Grant started the KIPP Tulsa Oratorical Press to engage his seventh graders in the field of journalism. Through the program, students develop their writing and public speaking skills and gain valuable experience through writing and editing their own newspaper and serving as videographers and reporters for school events. They are discovering new interests and talents while developing their skills as both journalists and leaders.

Ryane Burke

Assistant Principal
KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Ryane Burke

Ryane Burke was inspired by a session on mindfulness and breathing techniques during her Miles Family Fellowship, realizing the benefits these practices could have on the students at her middle school as they worked to develop character strengths such as grit and self-control. Ryane began leading breathing and mindful movement sessions with students throughout the day, and quickly saw an impact on their ability to stay focused and energized. Today, her students are learning even more in class and they have a tool they can call on to stay calm and focused in any situation.

Brandi Vardiman

Founding Principal
KIPP STAR Elementary, Harlem, NY

Brandi Vardiman

Brandi Vardiman started as a kindergarten teacher and is now set to open an elementary school that puts reading at the heart of every lesson. Whether the subject is social studies, math, science or art, every teacher at Brandi's school will be considered a reading teacher. By placing literacy at the core of her school's curriculum, she and her team will ignite a love of reading and build the academic foundation students need to succeed in college and beyond.

Travis Dempsey

6th Grade Math Teacher, RISE Academy, Newark, NJ

Travis Dempsey

Travis Dempsey created the Math Bar, a bank of computers in his classroom that his sixth grade students use to practice their math skills. The displays above the Math Bar show the objectives the students have mastered during every session, and let them track their own progress as they learn. Travis uses this data to monitor and guide students in real time, allowing him to continuously challenge each student based on their individual needs.

Annie Calhoun

5th Grade Humanities Teacher
KIPP Scholar Academy, Los Angeles, CA

Annie Calhoun

Annie Calhoun challenges her students to inspire and motivate others through storytelling. She introduced her fifth grade humanities students to great authors, playwrights, and screenwriters through drawings on her classroom walls, and won funding to construct a soundproof recording booth where her students conduct interviews and record voice-overs. Her students are creating movies and podcasts while learning digital editing, writing, and recording, and they will premier their own movies at KIPP LA's first-ever student film festival this spring.

Jaciel Castro

KIPP Through College Counselor
KIPP San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Jaciel Castro

Jaciel Castro was a KIPP student himself, and during his college experience he learned many lessons that he wanted to share back with those following in his footsteps. After graduation he returned to KIPP as a college counselor, working with students and alumni to identify their best match colleges and share strategies for success. One of his high-impact contributions has been using a tool to help students map out all their required courses for graduation. This allows KIPP students to be more strategic and intentional about their plans for college, and ensures that Jaciel and his fellow counselors can help students achieve their goal of college completion.

Jamie Vallejo

High School Dance Teacher
KIPP Austin Collegiate, Austin, TX

Jamie Vallejo

Jamie Vallejo knows that dance is more than just a fun way to get kids moving. In Jamie's dance classes, students exercise their teamwork and leadership skills while choreographing and practicing group routines. Whether students are performing for their classmates or at competitions throughout the state, they encourage each other, bonding as a group and building the confidence they need to do their best. Through dance, Jamie's students are gaining valuable skills while developing and expressing their creativity in a meaningful way.

Doug Richmond

High School Science Teacher,
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, Atlanta, GA

Doug Richmond

Doug Richmond is inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through his honors and AP chemistry classes. Doug encourages his students to take on advanced course work during their 10th grade year by introducing them to college-based laboratory internships and an engineering research symposium. This coursework gives them valuable college-level experience and exposure to industry experts, preparing them for success in science and engineering careers.

Natasia Fable

Capital Teaching Resident, KIPP DC Grow Academy, Washington, DC

Natasia Fable

Natasia Fable, a Capital Teaching Resident, and her lead teacher, Sophia Ezmoghene, are piloting a new play-based curriculum that allows their pre-kindergarten students to practice their problem solving skills in creative, real-world settings. By transforming their classroom into a hospital, restaurant, or grocery store, they give their students the opportunity to develop social-emotional skills and to practice academic concepts. By participating in authentic learning experiences early on, their students are building a foundation for future learning that will help them on their journey to and through college.

 

 

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KIPP Stories Across the Country

KIPP Elementary School Teachers

KIPP Middle School Teachers

KIPP High School Teachers

  • Doug Richmond, High School Science Teacher, KIPP Metro Atlanta
  • Jamie Vallejo, High School Dance Teacher, KIPP Austin Public Schools

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Herman Brown

8th Grade Math Teacher
KIPP Bridge Charter School, Oakland, CA

Herman Brown

Herman Brown grew up during the civil rights movement and chose to sacrifice his NBA draft spot to become a teacher in his community. As a master teacher with nearly 40 years in the classroom, his commitment to continuously improving his teaching practice remains as strong as ever. Today he is working with a team to reinvent his school's entire middle school math curriculum to align to the new Common Core standards, to ensure that all of his students will be ready for the challenges of college and the world beyond.

Anthony Grant

7th Grade ELA Teacher
KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory, Tulsa, OK

Anthony Grant

Anthony Grant started the KIPP Tulsa Oratorical Press to engage his seventh graders in the field of journalism. Through the program, students develop their writing and public speaking skills and gain valuable experience through writing and editing their own newspaper and serving as videographers and reporters for school events. They are discovering new interests and talents while developing their skills as both journalists and leaders.

Ryane Burke

Assistant Principal
KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Ryane Burke

Ryane Burke was inspired by a session on mindfulness and breathing techniques during her Miles Family Fellowship, realizing the benefits these practices could have on the students at her middle school as they worked to develop character strengths such as grit and self-control. Ryane began leading breathing and mindful movement sessions with students throughout the day, and quickly saw an impact on their ability to stay focused and energized. Today, her students are learning even more in class and they have a tool they can call on to stay calm and focused in any situation.

Gerard Griffith

8th Grade History Teacher
KIPP Infinity Middle School, New York, NY

Gerard Griffith

Gerard Griffith loves March Madness. To share this passion with his students, he created a middle school basketball tournament called the 'KIPP Cup.' Not only does it get his students moving, but it's spreading: KIPP schools in multiple states have joined in to make the Cup a regional event. As a result, students are having fun, making new friends, and learning about teamwork and healthy competition – values they can use both inside and outside the classroom.

Brandi Vardiman

Founding Principal
KIPP STAR Elementary, Harlem, NY

Brandi Vardiman

Brandi Vardiman started as a kindergarten teacher and is now set to open an elementary school that puts reading at the heart of every lesson. Whether the subject is social studies, math, science or art, every teacher at Brandi's school will be considered a reading teacher. By placing literacy at the core of her school's curriculum, she and her team will ignite a love of reading and build the academic foundation students need to succeed in college and beyond.

Travis Dempsey

6th Grade Math Teacher, RISE Academy, Newark, NJ

Travis Dempsey

Travis Dempsey created the Math Bar, a bank of computers in his classroom that his sixth grade students use to practice their math skills. The displays above the Math Bar show the objectives the students have mastered during every session, and let them track their own progress as they learn. Travis uses this data to monitor and guide students in real time, allowing him to continuously challenge each student based on their individual needs.

Annie Calhoun

5th Grade Humanities Teacher
KIPP Scholar Academy, Los Angeles, CA

Annie Calhoun

Annie Calhoun challenges her students to inspire and motivate others through storytelling. She introduced her fifth grade humanities students to great authors, playwrights, and screenwriters through drawings on her classroom walls, and won funding to construct a soundproof recording booth where her students conduct interviews and record voice-overs. Her students are creating movies and podcasts while learning digital editing, writing, and recording, and they will premier their own movies at KIPP LA's first-ever student film festival this spring.

Herminia Corona

Kindergarten Teacher
KIPP Un Mundo Dual Language Academy, San Antonio, TX

Herminia Corona

Herminia Corona began her career as a medical doctor in Mexico, but after moving to California as a young adult she confronted the biggest hurdle she had ever faced: learning to speak English. The challenges she experienced learning a new language convinced her to become a teacher, and she joined KIPP to help implement her school's unique English/Spanish dual language model. Today she uses the lessons she learned from her own experience to help her Kindergarten students on their path to a successful future.

Jaciel Castro

KIPP Through College Counselor
KIPP San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Jaciel Castro

Jaciel Castro was a KIPP student himself, and during his college experience he learned many lessons that he wanted to share back with those following in his footsteps. After graduation he returned to KIPP as a college counselor, working with students and alumni to identify their best match colleges and share strategies for success. One of his high-impact contributions has been using a tool to help students map out all their required courses for graduation. This allows KIPP students to be more strategic and intentional about their plans for college, and ensures that Jaciel and his fellow counselors can help students achieve their goal of college completion.

Jamie Vallejo

High School Dance Teacher
KIPP Austin Collegiate, Austin, TX

Jamie Vallejo

Jamie Vallejo knows that dance is more than just a fun way to get kids moving. In Jamie's dance classes, students exercise their teamwork and leadership skills while choreographing and practicing group routines. Whether students are performing for their classmates or at competitions throughout the state, they encourage each other, bonding as a group and building the confidence they need to do their best. Through dance, Jamie's students are gaining valuable skills while developing and expressing their creativity in a meaningful way.

Joseph Edelin

10th Grade Dean, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, Atlanta, GA

Joseph Edelin

Joseph Edelin has spent over a decade inspiring students to see the best in themselves and their communities. He joined KIPP as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher, developing a World Geography curriculum that encouraged students to engage deeply with their own African American heritage and take pride in their history. He then helped open the first KIPP high school in Atlanta as a founding dean, widening his impact by coaching and developing teachers while creating systems that have formed the foundation of the school's culture.

Doug Richmond

High School Science Teacher,
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, Atlanta, GA

Doug Richmond

Doug Richmond is inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through his honors and AP chemistry classes. Doug encourages his students to take on advanced course work during their 10th grade year by introducing them to college-based laboratory internships and an engineering research symposium. This coursework gives them valuable college-level experience and exposure to industry experts, preparing them for success in science and engineering careers.

Natasia Fable

Capital Teaching Resident, KIPP DC Grow Academy, Washington, DC

Natasia Fable

Natasia Fable, a Capital Teaching Resident, and her lead teacher, Sophia Ezmoghene, are piloting a new play-based curriculum that allows their pre-kindergarten students to practice their problem solving skills in creative, real-world settings. By transforming their classroom into a hospital, restaurant, or grocery store, they give their students the opportunity to develop social-emotional skills and to practice academic concepts. By participating in authentic learning experiences early on, their students are building a foundation for future learning that will help them on their journey to and through college.


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11/14/14