Team Bios

Calvin Allan,
ELA Teacher

Calvin Allan comes to Foundations from the Pacific Northwest. Before FCP, he worked as an Environmental Educator at the Pacific Science Center. As the lead educator, he helped implement various programs and help start van-outreach programs throughout the Puget Sound Region. Calvin also worked in various schools in Seattle as an after-school program teacher. Calvin has a B.A. in Biology from Seattle University and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Teaching at Dominican University.

Keenen Anderson,

Sarah Hunko Baker,

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.

Kristen Blazsik,
Reading & Math Interventionist

Terris Brooks,
Math Teacher

Anthony Coleman,
Science Teacher

Katie Diffay,
Social Worker

Marcus Flenaugh,
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.

Marol Grant,
Front Office Clerk

Akilah Hawkins,
ELA Teacher

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.

Janae Henry,
Math Teacher

Janae Henry was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. This is her 2nd year teaching at Foundations, but this school year marks her 7th year of teaching math, science and social science. Ms. Henry has coached pom pon and boys and girls volleyball, both of which have received recognition at the city level. She leads the girls pom pon team at FCP. Her favorite quote by Nikos Kazantzakis encompasses her vision for education, “the ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.”

Lissette Khatib,
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.

Tracy Kirchmann,
Art Teacher

Emily Koches,
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.

Joyce LaGrone,

Monet Mailey,
P.E. Teacher

Katie Martin-Browne,
Senior Manager of Operations & Human Capital

Richard Moore,
Nonfiction Studies Teacher

Micki O'Neil,
Executive Director

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.

Carlena Rice,
Director of Special Education

Aubrey Schwoerer,
Director of Operations & Finance

Connor Showalter,
Math Teacher

Connor Showalter is entering his fourth year in his teaching career, which includes high school math and third grade teacher. Before joining the Foundations College Prep team, he taught on the Rosebud Indian Reservation through Teach For America South Dakota. He earned his B.A. from Temple University, his M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota and is working towards a Master of Teaching from National Louis University.

DaLayna Smart,
ELA Teacher

Marlon Tobin,
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.

Emily Wagner,
Social Studies Teacher

Emily Wagner joins the FCP team in her fourth year in education as a social studies teacher. Wagner previously taught in the New Orleans Recovery School District for three years as a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher and was the 7th and 8th grade teacher team leader. While she has spent the majority of her career thus far in the New Orleans charter school system, Emily graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, specifically focusing on middle school history and social studies. Before moving to New Orleans, Wagner student taught in CPS at Haines Elementary School as well as National Teacher's Academy. Emily is originally from Rogers Park on the north side of Chicago and spent much of her life living in the northwest suburbs. Emily looks forward to creating a social studies classroom that promotes creativity and critical thinking and helps to foster students to become responsible and thoughtful global citizens.

Ciera Wilson,
Security Officer

Aiyeshia Wong,
ELA Teacher