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We are thrilled to announce that Karen Annette Francois has been named as Chief Executive Officer of Explore Schools Inc.  

Karen Annette was selected at the conclusion of a lengthy national search led by Promise54 and the Explore Schools Board of Trustees. As Assistant Superintendent, Karen Annette led Explore’s strategy around culturally responsive teaching and unfinished teaching and learning. As CEO, Karen Annette will bring her belief in the importance of strong partnerships with all stakeholders and her commitment to understanding the community’s motivation and context as key levers to authentic, long-lasting student achievement.  

Carrie Mauer and Christina Froeb, who co-led Explore Schools for the last four years, will be supporting the transition. We are incredibly grateful for the work Carrie and Christina have put into leading the organization and for their support through this leadership transition. 

Please see below for Karen Annette’s bio and to learn more about Explore Schools.

Karen Annette Francois

Chief Executive Officer

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Karen Annette Francois is proud to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Explore Schools after nearly two decades working in education, including 10 years in leadership roles at Explore Schools. Most recently, as Assistant Superintendent, Karen Annette led the network’s strategy around culturally responsive teaching and unfinished teaching and learning, ensuring a strong, rigorous core academic program across K-8 and spearheading a shift to asset-based thinking. Among her many accomplishments, while leading Explore Excel Charter School, as Principal, Karen Annette led the school to an impressive 43 percentage point growth in ELA and 42 percentage point growth in Math. Her success underscores her deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, centering students’ experiences and identities. Karen Annette believes in the importance of strong partnerships with all stakeholders and values understanding the community’s motivation and context as key levers to authentic, long-lasting student achievement. 

  

Before her appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Karen Annette held teaching, coaching and leadership positions in district schools and charter schools in New York City. She started her career in education as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. Karen Annette earned her BA in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Hofstra University and MS in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. Additionally, she completed the School District Leadership program and performed post-graduate work at Hofstra University. She is a native New Yorker who proudly identifies as Haitian-American and can be found jogging in Prospect Park or in deep thought at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 

Senior Leadership

Organized alphabetically by first name

Ashley Dickens

Ashley Dickens

Managing Director of Finance

Awo Busumsi

Awo Busumsi

Managing Director of Schools and Programs

Carrie Mauer

Carrie Mauer

Executive Director

Christina Froeb

Christina Froeb

Superintendent

Joana Ngo

Joana Ngo

Managing Director of Operations

Nadia Guy

Nadia Guy

Managing Director of Schools and Programs

Rachel Modica-Russell

Rachel Modica-Russell

Managing Director of Talent

Tracy Rebe

Tracy Rebe

Assistant Superintendent

Veronica Woolley

Veronica Woolley

Managing Director of Operations

Explore Schools Network Staff

Organized alphabetically by first name

Alex Owens

Alex Owens

Senior Operations and Data Manager

Amanda Hladky

Amanda Hladky

Senior Director of School Operations

Ariella Suchow

Ariella Suchow

Director of Academic Program Strategy and Coordination

Asia Thomas

Asia Thomas

Student Recruitment Associate

Brooke Workman

Brooke Workman

Senior Consultant of Special Populations

Ebony Staley

Ebony Staley

Special Projects Associate

Eddie Natal

Eddie Natal

Finance Associate

Elijah Figueroa

Elijah Figueroa

Finance Associate

Eun Mee Willm

Eun Mee Willm

Senior Director of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Isabel Morales

Isabel Morales

Centralized Procurement Operations Associate

Senior Director of Special Populations

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas

Senior Director of Special Projects

Krista Jahn

Krista Jahn

Senior Director of Early Childhood

Kyle Penceal

Kyle Penceal

Recruitment Manager

Lawrence Mele

Lawrence Mele

Senior Director of Operations and Technology

Mo Kadry

Mo Kadry

Recruitment Associate

Molly Lenowitz

Molly Lenowitz

Senior Recruitment Manager

Nicole Worthy

Nicole Worthy

Senior Talent Manager

Q'tyashia Arrington

Q'tyashia Arrington

Senior Director of Community Partnership & Family Engagement

Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley

Operations and Reporting Manager

Sabrina del Sherpa

Sabrina del Sherpa

Senior Director of Literacy

Sherquana Charles

Sherquana Charles

Senior Finance Manager

Skye Bailey

Skye Bailey

Senior Director of School Culture and Experience

Tiffany Williams

Tiffany Williams

Senior Director of Human Resources

Topher Chavis

Topher Chavis

Senior Talent Manager

Yasmin Mohsin

Yasmin Mohsin

Senior Director of Talent

Yetunde Olayinka

Yetunde Olayinka

Family Engagement Manager

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Phone:
(347) 391-0645
E-mail:
information@explorenetwork.org
Mail:
Explore Schools
20 Jay Street, Suite 211
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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