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B.A. in Psychology, University of Notre Dame
M.S. in Secondary Education, Johns Hopkins University
Lakiasha is the TRIO Student Support Services director and a math instructor at Nevada State College. Before beginning her career in education, Lakiasha worked as a Design Release Engineer for Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Motors. She is an advocate for equity in education and supporting first-generation college students. Lakiasha brings over 20 years of experience as a math instructor, tutor, and course designer. Lakiasha is originally from Detroit, MI, and enjoys spending time with her two children and husband. She enjoys running, roller skating, hiking, basketball, and traveling with her family in her spare time.
Danielle is an experienced educator, coach, and facilitator with 10+ years of experience working with youth and young adults in education, non-profit, and government sectors. With a certification in Mathematics from the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence and years as a teacher, tutor, and instructional coach, she specializes in supporting students in math anywhere from 6th grade to college-age (even financial and managerial accounting!).
Danielle taught 9th grade Algebra 1 and 10th grade Geometry in three years with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS). She has supported students through private tutoring since 2016 and loves supporting bilingual/Spanish-speaking students. Danielle received two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Business Administration and Spanish) from the University of Florida in 2014. In 2020, Jordan earned her Master of Science degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Janessa is a seasoned teacher and teacher-leader with over a decade of experience teaching advanced high school English courses. She taught at the Soulsville Charter School in Memphis, TN, for ten years, where she designed and facilitated the AP English Literature and Pre-AP English II courses and served as the high school English Department Chair. Janessa worked six summers as a constructed response Reader for the AP English Literature exam. In 2017, she was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Short-Term Fellowship. She spent a summer in New Delhi, India, developing curriculum and teacher training materials for a local NGO. Janessa also served as a Stanford Hollyhock Leading Fellow, where she worked to bring school-wide equity initiatives to her home school. Janessa worked closely with the Memphis Teacher Residency program for three years as both a mentor teacher and an adjunct professor in English Pedagogy. She now works with adult learners on leadership development.
Madison is a student-centered, success-driven educator with over a decade of experience in education. She has cultivated students’ mathematical confidence from early elementary through high school as a tutor and teacher. Her teaching experience includes working in residential treatment facilities for students receiving neurological or neurobehavioral treatment and in Title I schools. Madison earned a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, which helps her to develop high-quality, engaging materials that maximize a student's mathematical growth. Madison is committed to sharing her love of learning with students and helping them to gain confidence in their academic abilities. When she is not tutoring, Madison enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, enjoying the outdoors, and cheering on the Houston Astros.
Brynn Rone serves as the Student Services Manager for Breakthrough Atlanta. Brynn's hometown is Cincinnati, Ohio. Atlanta is where he completed his Bachelor's degree at Kennesaw State University with a focus on education and math as a first-generation college student. Brynn joined AmeriCorps with Teach For America Charlotte due to his passion for youth advocacy. Years of experience teaching middle school math has led Brynn to create his own non-profit 4EVA Youth geared toward youth mentorship. Brynn returned to Atlanta from teaching in Dallas, Texas, and is currently pursuing more partnerships toward youth initiatives. Brynn plans on opening his community resource center in the near future.
Ammar graduated in the top 5 percent of the Class of 2018 at Richardson High School, and in May 2022, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology with a minor in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Ammar remained on the UTD Dean’s List throughout his college career, maintaining a 4.0 GPA as a UTD Academic Excellence Scholar with Distinction and a Clark Research Scholar. Ammar is on track to joining the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) and working towards his lifelong dream of becoming a physician. In the future, Ammar looks to pursue a career in academia, fulfilling his passions for teaching, mentorship, and research.
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