Sarah’s career has been dedicated to achieving transformational student success in urban education. Her 7th and 8th grade students as a Teach for America corps member in the Bronx demonstrated dramatic student achievement in English Language Arts. She also taught at a Noble high school in Chicago where her students earned network-topping AP results. Her passion for new models for education is coupled with instructional expertise and deep understanding of data-driven decision making. After being awarded the Ryan Fellowship, a competitive principal development program of Accelerate Institute, she completed the academic foundation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a six-month field study at Alain Locke Charter School, where she led the middle school team. She also served as a leadership fellowship at Achievement First in Brooklyn where she played an instructional and cultural role on the leadership teams of the middle and high school campuses. Sarah is also skilled in curriculum development, teacher coaching, and establishing a culture of joy, trust, and achievement. She holds a B.A. from Michigan State University, and a Master of Education from Pace University in New York City.
Senior Manager of External Partnerships & School Support
With over 18 years of experience in Youth Development and Non-Profit Management, Marcus Flenaugh brings a wealth and knowledge of youth and the community to Foundations College Prep. After attending Columbia College, Marcus dedicated his career to working on behalf of youth on the far south side of Chicago. Marcus was formerly Youth Development Director at a local non-profit and Community Lead for Youth Ready Chicago. Marcus continues to teach Photography, Videography, Leadership Development and Spoken Word to youth and teens in the Roseland Area. In addition to his work in the classroom supporting students with special needs, he teaches 3D Printing and music production, advises the student-led yearbook, and supports school culture and media relations for FCP.
Akilah Hawkins joined Foundations College Prep after 8 years of experience in different capacities within Community Consolidated School District #168. She serves the students of Foundations College Prep as an ELA teacher. Her background in small groups will further enhance the classroom experience for English students. She earned her B.S. from Roosevelt University and is pursuing a Masters of Secondary Education from Indiana University Northwest.
Special Education Teacher
Lissette Khatib is from the south suburbs of Chicago and went to the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign where she majored in Sociology with a concentration in Psychology. Lissette served as mentor/tutor and a Team Leader for City Year Chicago in the Austin and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago before joining Teach for America. She is a Special Education teacher at FCP and brings her values of family, empathy, perseverance, and personal strength to her students.
Dean of School Culture
Emily Koches has achieved impressive results as a teacher and school leader. She led her middle school language arts students toward significant academic achievement both as a Teach for America corps member in Washington D.C. and as an alumna in Chicago. Later, she coached and managed a team of elementary teachers to make above network growth as an instructional leader at a large K-8 charter. She brings a thoughtful approach to developing school-wide systems that foster resilience and high achievement in students. As the Director of Learning Design at eSpark Learning, she gained expertise in technology-based learning and led professional development for schools and districts across the country on topics such as blended learning best practices, aligning digital content with the Common Core, and data-driven curriculum design. Emily has a distinct talent for developing and executing systems and routines that maximize learning time, build student confidence and support teachers to be more effective in the classroom. Emily holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University.
Senior Manager of Operations & Human Capital
Middle School Social Studies Teacher
With a lifelong passion and focus on educational equity, Micki has intentionally sought out a diverse array of skills and experiences crucial to understanding the complexities of urban schooling. As a middle school math teacher in Brooklyn, she experienced firsthand how school cultures and structures can either support students and teachers or discourage them. She gained experience in finance, economics and strategy in order to apply lessons from these domains to education in an appropriate and nuanced manner. She continued to develop a deep understanding of education through various programmatic roles at New Schools for Chicago, as Managing Director of Alumni Programs at Teach for America, and through her studies. Micki holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, a Master of Education from Brooklyn College, a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, where she was named a Harris Scholar and a Siebel Scholar.
Director of Operations & Finance
DaLayna Smart is proud to join our team stemming from the Roseland Community in Chicago, IL. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she majored in Sociology. Upon graduating she joined the Teach for America Corps; Dallas-Fort Worth region. In Dallas, TX she taught as an ELA teacher and served as the 6th Grade Department Chair. She also had great joy in coaching both High School and Middle School Volleyball whom received district and state recognition. Her life’s mission is instilled in the quote that “success is not just about what you in accomplish in life but what you inspire other to do and the impact you make.” She plans to have a year full of intensity and eagerness in both herself and her scholars. Please feel free to contact her regarding anything you may need to ensure your scholars success!
Associate Dean of School Culture
Marlon was the founding Assistant Principal at Noble Street Charter School’s Rowe-Clark campus in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. He helped build and manage school-wide culture and discipline systems, which led to the campus’ lower rates in suspension and expulsion when compared to the network. Prior to that he was Dean of Discipline and Athletic Director at Noble Street Charter School where he performed a similar role in setting and maintaining a safe and positive school culture.