Detroit Achievement Academy is a free public charter school currently serving kindergarten, first, and second grade students. 


We at Detroit Achievement Academy want to shake things up a bit. We have a grand vision for what education can look like and are excited to be creating it in the great city of Detroit. We are using the best educational model in the country, Expeditionary Learning, and are committed to our students, their families, and to our neighborhood. We believe that all students can achieve at high levels and that it is our responsibility to support them in an intense and holistic way. We are thrilled to be able to provide a world-class education in a world-class city.

Detroit Achievement Academy is proudly located in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood in Detroit. We have 65 students and will add one grade level each year. 



Detroit Achievement Academy exists to holistically support the education and development of students who have the determination, drive, and skills to shape their own path of high achievement with the ultimate goal of creating civically engaged, joyful citizens who are ready to change the world.


  • We believe in setting high standards for our students and supporting them to the best of our ability as they meet these standards and achieve their own personal goals.
  • We believe in hiring highly qualified teachers and supporting them with high quality professional development.
  • We believe that a project-based, arts-infused curiculum will allow our students to foster a selfawareness of their individual interests and strengths.
  • We believe that the Detroit community is vibrant and full of educational value for our students. We will incorporate Detroit history and present-day developments into the everyday curriculum.
  • We believe that the parents/families/guardians of each student are tremendously important roles in the student’s education and we will create and maintain high levels of communication with the people in this role.
  • We will serve as a resource and community center for the families of our students to help them better support their student and help us better understand the students situation outside of the classroom.
  • We will provide dynamic after-school programs.
  • The Detroit Achievement Academy will embrace and foster the lost tradition of a school being a community center and hub of dialogue and change within a community.


    founding PRINCIPAL

    Detroit Achievement Academy is led by Sharon Yaecker-Roesser, MS, LMSW. Sharon holds a BSSP from Northwestern University (2001), a Masters in Teaching from Pace University (2003), and a Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan (2008). Sharon began teaching in 2001 in New York City as member of Teach For America. In New York, she taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, and was a literacy specialist for six years. She contributed to significant academic gains for her students and to the leadership of both a New York City public school and a Brooklyn-based charter school in a variety of capacities. During her time in New York, Sharon supported the development of teachers as an adjunct professor at Pace University for Masters level education students, a Content Specialist for Teach for America, and as a literacy trainer and coach. After obtaining her MSW, Sharon worked as a family therapist in Detroit and as a founding staff member of a Detroit middle school as the School Social Worker and later as a member of the leadership team as the Manager of Student Support, directing the Special Education, Intervention, and Social Work Departments. // contact :: sharon@detroitachievement.org


    Anne Brophy is thrilled to be a founding kindergarten teacher at the new Detroit Achievement Academy! Anne received her Bachelors degree and elementary teaching certificate from Oakland University. She has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Development from Madonna University. Anne has lived in the Detroit area her whole life and loves what the city offers. She helped edit the recently published, "Detroit Writes Detroit," which included several of her students' thoughts and drawings. Besides teaching, Anne loves reading, writing, and spending time outdoors. // contact :: anne@detroitachievement.org



    Kimberly Boyer is a first grade teacher who previously taught for LEARN Charter Network in Chicago for the past three years. Kimberly’s passion for teaching has greatly impacted her students’ achievement. During this past year, 100% of her students met or exceeded their NWEA math goals and an overwhelming majority made the same gains in reading. Prior to LEARN, Kimberly shared her passion for reading at John V. Leigh Elementary School by creating exciting reading enrichment activities designed to encourage a love of reading among her students. Kimberly earned her BA in Communications from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Education from Hofstra University in New York. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys reading, running, and exploring new neighborhoods with her husband. // contact :: kimberly@detroitachievement.org




    Elizabeth Maddens is delighted to be the art teacher at Detroit Achievement Academy!  She has always lived in the Detroit area, and received her Bachelors degree in art education (grades K-12) from Wayne State University.  Between work opportunities and student teaching, she has worked in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school settings.  She has always loved sharing about art and working with children, so art education was the clear way to go!  In her free time, Beth enjoys creating mixed media artwork, reading, and spending time with family. // contact :: elizabeth@detroitachievement.org



    Katy Strader is excited to join the DAA team as the 2nd grade Teaching Fellow! Katy graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Spanish and Education Studies. Prior to joining the DAA community, Katy worked in El Salvador for two years with a small humanitarian non-profit. DAA is a good fit because Katy truly believes that it is important to equip our future leaders with all of the tools they need to succeed! In her spare time she loves to walk her dog, bake, travel, and make new friends.// contact :: katy@detroitachievement.org





    Bianca Calvert is a founding team member and founding parent. Bianca manages all components of life at DAA -- from maintaining records to understanding and meeting the needs of our students and their families in a really awesome way. When not mothering every child and adult within the walls of DAA, Bianca serves as an informal parent mentor to many of our families. In her free time, Bianca enjoys spending time with her kids and family, shooting pool, and shopping.  // contact :: bianca@detroitachievement.org


    Danielle Johnson is ecstatic to be a founding teacher at Detroit Achievement Academy. She attended Pitzer College in Southern California, where she was born and raised. She first fell in love with teaching when she began assisting her aunts with their kindergarten classrooms. This passion for teaching has driven her to become a Teach for America Corp Member. She will be participating in the Masters of Education, Urban Pedagogy, program at the University of Michigan (Go Blue). Danielle enjoys spending her time exploring the city of Detroit, reading, and traveling. // contact :: danielle@detroitachievement.org



    Jen McMillan is overjoyed to be a second grade teacher at Detroit Achievement Academy, and is leading our crew of "big kids" to make big gains! Last year, Jen and Kimberly's first grade students averaged over 1.5 years of growth in reading and were in the 95th percentile for growth in math nationwide. Born and raised in metro-Detroit, Jen spent seven years in the San Francisco Bay Area teaching high school and middle school, and working in teacher support and development with Teach For America. She earned her BA in Psychology from Harvard University in Massachusetts and her Masters in Education from Alliant International University. She is an Teacher Ambassador for Jossey-Bass Education as a way to continue her ongoing professional development (beyond the phenomenal training she receives through DAA and Expeditionary Learning). In her free time, Jen is an avid runner, reader, certified yoga instructor, and dog lover...and she loves hanging out with her husband and baby most of all! // contact :: jen@detroitachievement.org


    Annie Markey is so excited to be joining the DAA team as a Teaching Fellow! Originally from Ann Arbor, she earned a Masters Degree in Education and a BA in Sociology, Spanish, and International Studies from the University of Michigan. While completing her degree, she taught in a kindergarten classroom at Mitchell Elementary School. Outside of school, Annie loves taking and teaching dance classes. // contact :: annie@detroitachievement.org




    Jonathan Buckman is a graduate of New York University and is currently a MSW graduate student at the University of Michigan with special interest in narrative informed therapy, play therapy, and attachment theory.  A chapter he co-wrote will soon be published in the forthcoming "Theoretical Perspectives for Direct Social Work Practice."  Jonathan is also an avid reader and practitioner with special interests in meditation, chess, philosophy, and music and is a t’ai chi student and instructor under Yang family lineage holder Master Sang Kim.  Before entering the MSW program, he was employed as a New York City charter school teacher, where he was responsible for designing curriculum, tutoring math and reading, and coaching nationally ranked chess teams. // contact :: jonathan@detroitachievement.org

    office manager

    Vickie Hines is mom to all. Vickie was excited to join DAA part way through our first year. Vickie manages State reporting, oversees all of our meals, and directs our aftercare program. Vickie loves children and loves assisting with anything that needs to be done. In her free time, Vickie loves to travel, go to the movies, go out to eat, and spend time with her family.  // contact :: vickie@detroitachievement.org




    Kyle Smitley is technically the Founder & Director of Detroit Achievement Academy, though DAA students would tell you she spends her days "opening boxes, carrying things around, and typing on her computer." DAA students would also tell you that otters are her favorite animal and that "e" is her favorite lowercase letter. Kyle lives two blocks from DAA, is constantly inspired to work harder by the DAA team, adores every student within our walls, remains in awe of DAA's incredible families, and is incredibly appreciative to DAA's supporters near and far. (We could not do it without you!) In her free time, Kyle enjoys hanging out with her rescue pit bull Oreo and exploring Detroit with her wonderful fiancé.  // contact :: kyle@detroitachievement.org



    Lewis Butler earned his BS in Economics from Hillsdale College, and his MA in Economics from George Mason University while working at the Mercatus Center, a DC based think tank. While there he worked on various topics, including, small business access to capital, midnight regulations, and governmental transparency. He has done political consulting and is currently teaching economics at Hillsdale College. Outside of economics, he enjoys running, tamales, and consumer technology.


    Michael A. Hernandez earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Central Michigan University. He has worked in several fields of direct care and counseling. He spent 4 years working with teenage sex offenders in a residential facility and has over 6 years of experience counseling in an inpatient mental health unit. He has spent time working in a children’s emergency shelter for abused and abandoned children and drug addicted babies and mentoring inner city father’s with open CPS cases. Most recently Michael is working as supports coordination with families that have children with developmental disabilities. Michael enjoys playing guitar and spending time with family.


    Jared Stasik is Vice President at Detroit Venture Partners, an investment firm focused on growing high-tech startup companies in Detroit. Prior to DVP, Jared spent five years as a consultant at ZS Associates, a leading global consulting firm in sales and marketing strategy. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, graduating with high honors and receiving the distinction of Most Outstanding Graduate Instructor.  He completed his Bachelor’s degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.


    Sarah Beaubien graduated magna cum laude from Siena Heights University with a BA in English Communications, and earned her law degree by graduating cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law. After completing law school, Sarah was admitted to the bar in Ohio and Michigan. Sarah is currently an associate and Rohrbachers, Cron, Manahan, Trimble & Zimmerman Co. L.P.A. in Toledo, Ohio, where she focuses her practice on civil defense and business litigation matters. In her spare time, she is the varsity softball coach at St. Mary Catholic Central in Monroe, Michigan, and is active in the Toledo Bar Association.


    Meghan Moynihan is currently pursuing her doctorate in nutritional science from University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Meghan managed the expansion of federal child nutrition programs with Hunger Free Colorado in Denver. She also volunteered with Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston’s office where education reform was top priority. While food access is Meghan’s passion, her experience as a teacher in California with Teach for America grounds her to the power of education. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and enjoys cheese, camping, and attempting to play guitar.