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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

Awo Busumsi

Awo Busumsi

Managing Director of Schools and Programs

Efrat Kussell

Efrat Kussell

Chief Academic Officer

Greg Foster

Greg Foster

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas

Managing Director of Communications & Special Projects

Tracy Rebe

Tracy Rebe

Chief Schools Officer

Tiffany Williams

Tiffany Williams

Interim Managing Director of Human Resources & Finance

Veronica Woolley

Veronica Woolley

Managing Director of Operations

Yasmin Mohsin

Yasmin Mohsin

Managing Director of Talent

Explore Schools Network Staff

Organized alphabetically by first name

Adam Williams

Adam Williams

Director of Technology & Operations

Amanda Hladky

Amanda Hladky

Senior Director of School Operations

Asia Thomas

Asia Thomas

Student Recruitment Manager

Brittany Michelle

Brittany Michelle

Senior Director of Humanties

Brooke Workman

Brooke Workman

Senior Consultant of Special Populations

Ebony Staley

Ebony Staley

Special Projects Associate

Eddie Natal

Eddie Natal

Finance Manager

Elijah Figueroa

Elijah Figueroa

Finance Associate

Eun Mee Willm

Eun Mee Willm

Senior Director of Science, Technology, & Mathematics

Isabel Morales

Isabel Morales

Centralized Procurement Operations Associate

Jarren Kanze

Jarren Kanze

Senior Director of Special Populations

Kadean Stone-Maddix

Kadean Stone-Maddix

Director of Science, Technology, & Mathematics

Kyle Penceal

Kyle Penceal

Recruitment Manager

Mo Kadry

Mo Kadry

Recruitment Associate

Molly Lenowitz

Molly Lenowitz

Senior Recruitment Manager

Nicole Worthy

Nicole Worthy

Director of Human Resources

Olufemi Obaweya

Olufemi Obaweya

Finance Associate

Q'tyashia Arrington

Q'tyashia Arrington

Senior Director of Community Partnership & Family Engagement

Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley

Operations & Reporting Manager

Sabrina del Sherpa

Sabrina del Sherpa

Senior Director of Literacy

Skye Bailey

Skye Bailey

Senior Director of School Culture & Experience

Smriti Rai

Smriti Rai

Senior Finance Manager

Stefani Gospodinova

Stefani Gospodinova

Director of Data & Operations

Topher Chavis

Topher Chavis

Senior Talent Manager

Yetunde Olayinka

Yetunde Olayinka

Family Engagement Manager

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Phone:
347-201-0744

E-mail:
information@explorenetwork.org
Mail:
Explore Schools
20 Jay Street, Suite 211
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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