Quinton Vance joined KIPP DFW as Executive Director in July of 2013. For the past six years, at KIPP NYC, he oversaw the development of KIPP NYC’s initial K-4 elementary programs, managed the creation of aligned curriculum and assessment tools to support instructional outcomes across KIPP NYC elementary schools, selected and trained the founding school leadership teams of the elementary schools, and has provided instrumental leadership coaching and guidance for KIPP schools across the nation. Although Quinn has a talent for finding and growing leadership at the administrative level, he has also made sure that his presence and experience is shared in the school building – not just in the board room.
Vance has worked in education for over fifteen years. He earned his stripes in the instructional environment while spending multiple years in early childhood classrooms as a kindergarten teacher. Prior to joining KIPP, Quinton was heavily involved in the Teach For America program. He earned a BA in Spanish from the University of Oregon, and a Masters of Education from St. Peter’s College. Quinton resides in Dallas with his lovely wife Lauren and their two adorable children.
Mackenzie Martin is the Director of Development at KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, a charter school network serving southern Dallas students and families. In this role, Mackenzie leads the fundraising effort for KIPP DFW’s ten year, eight school growth plan. Before moving to Dallas to assume her role at KIPP DFW, Mackenzie served as the Director of Community Education and Special Events for I Live Here, I Give Here (Austin’s Campaign for Philanthropy) where she led a collaboration of philanthropists, nonprofit organizations and local businesses. Mackenzie’s passion for community engagement, early childhood education and social justice have led her to be involved with Texas nonprofit organizations for over ten years. Mackenzie has received a Texas Social Media Award nomination from the Austin American Statesman and was selected as a ‘Young Philanthropist’ by Giving City Magazine. Mackenzie is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals and The Junior League of Dallas.
Donnidra Johnson joined KIPP DFW in 2011. Prior to joining KIPP DFW, Donnidra spent four years as a public accountant at Ernst & Young where she created, executed, and reviewed audit procedures for several Fortune 500 companies' annual financial statement audits and quarterly reviews. Donnidra also has operations and business consulting experiences with KIPP NYC and New York’s Future Leaders Institute Charter School. As the director of Finance and Operations, Donnidra oversees financial planning and budgeting for KIPP DFW. She leads and manages all aspects of the fiscal policies and financial processes including accounting, payroll, budgeting, reporting, and internal and external audits. Additionally, Donnidra directs operations for the KIPP DFW region. In this role, she collaborates with the leadership team to establish organizational goals, objectives, and strategic plans. Donnidra leads the continuous assessment of KIPP DFW's growth plan and designs the operational systems that will support KIPP DFW's growing network of schools and facilities. She also manages KIPP DFW's regional compliance and reporting, risk management, legal, technology, and real estate efforts. Donnidra earned her BBA from the University of Florida, her MAcc from the University of Virginia, and her MBA from New York University.
Scott is the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at KIPP DFW. Before joining KIPP, Scott opened Uplift Luna Preparatory Secondary in 2012 and was the founding Campus Director at Uplift Luna Preparatory Primary in Dallas. Prior to joining Uplift Education he was the Principal at South Bronx Classical Charter School for three years. One of his most joyous moments was having the opportunity to recently open two schools and work with an amazing team to close the achievement gap at elementary school and making great strides at closing it with middle and high school scholars. He received his principal training in the New Leaders program and served as a Resident Principal at Excellence Charter School at Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a CAGS in Educational Administration from Pace University and an MA in Education from Johns Hopkins University. His undergraduate degree is from Castleton State College in Business Administration and, after a brief stint in corporate America, is glad he has settled into a career in Urban Education. It started as an AmeriCorps member and then led to six years as a teacher in Baltimore, Maryland as a Teach For America corps member.
Dominick DiFalco began his career in higher education as Writing Center Director at Pace University. He then entered the not-for-profit sector, serving as Director of College Academics for KIPP Through College in NYC. Operating out of the South Bronx, he assisted high school and college students, developing academic support and college persistence initiatives and managing the successful College Scholars Program. After holding a consulting position for KIPP Foundation, he joined Uncommon Schools to create an alumni services program in upstate NY. He received his M.A. in English Language and Literature from Brooklyn College in 2006.
Prior to becoming principal, Michael served as the Dean of Instruction at KIPP TRUTH Academy. Before joining the KIPP family in 2010, Michael was a kindergarten teacher at Excellence Charter School in Brooklyn, New York and a seventh grade English teacher at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where students consistently outperform their district and state peers respectively. Michael has also managed a literacy-mentoring program in New York City and New Jersey. In addition to Michael’s teaching and leadership roles, in 2012 Michael was selected to the KIPP Fisher Fellowship program; a highly selective leadership training program designed to prepare leaders to found and lead KIPP schools. Michael was also selected to the KIPP Miles Family Fellowship program, a two-year leadership program to support emerging KIPP school leaders.
As the instructional leader of KIPP TRUTH Academy, Michael is responsible for setting the school’s instructional and cultural vision and leading the development of teachers to prepare scholars to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college preparatory high schools and colleges. This includes developing and facilitating teacher professional development, observing teachers, and providing instructional feedback. Michael earned his BA in Sociology from Amherst College, his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Education, Policy, and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jamee Lynch completed the KIPP Fisher Fellowship and is the founding principal of KIPP Destiny Elementary. 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. One of her proudest moments was being named the Wake County (NC) Principal of the Year in 2006 and the North Central Region (NC) Principal of the Year in 2007. Jamee received her B.A. in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, her M.Ed. from the University of South Alabama, her Master of School Administration from Fayetteville State University, and her Doctor of Education from NC State University.