Michael Horne, KIPP DFW TRUTH Academy School Leader
BA, Amherst College; MPP, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; EPM, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Michael Horne provides academic, operational, and cultural leadership for KIPP DFW’s TRUTH Academy. Mr. Horne held teaching positions at Excellence Charter School and Roxbury Preparatory Charter School and managed literacy-based mentoring programs for the Everybody Wins! Foundation.
Jamee Lynch, Leadership Fellow/KIPP Destiny Elementary School Leader
BA, UNC-Chapel Hill; M.Ed., University of South Alabama; Master of School Administration, Fayetteville State University; Doctor of Education, NC State University
Jamee will open KIPP Dallas-Ft. Worth’s first elementary school, KIPP Destiny Elementary, in 2013. Previously, Jamee was a Miles Family Fellow and worked with KIPP NYC at KIPP Academy Middle and KIPP Academy Elementary schools, where she coached teachers and provided intervention support for students. Before joining KIPP, she taught high school English and served as a school leader for ten years in the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, NC, where she led two elementary schools and a high school. Jamee is honored to have been recognized as the Wake County (NC) Principal of the Year in 2006 and the North Central Region (NC) Principal of the Year in 2007.
Donnidra Johnson, Director of Finance & Operations
BBA, University of Florida; MAcc, University of Virginia; MBA, New York University
Donnidra Johnson joined KIPP DFW in 2011. Her experience includes four years with Ernst & Young LLP, an operations internship at KIPP NYC (KIPP DFW’s New York counterpart), and consulting to New York’s Future Leaders Institute Charter School.
LaKendra Thomas, KIPP Through College Director
BA, University of Texas at Austin; BSW, University of Texas at Austin
LaKendra Thomas works with students and families to ensure that KIPP DFW graduates have the advocacy and support they need to matriculate to and graduate from college. She helps them navigate the application and financial aid processes, and connect with academic and psychosocial support services, including tutoring and mentoring. Ms. Thomas began her career with Teach for America in Atlanta.