Detroit Achievement Academy is a free public charter school currently serving kindergarten through fourth 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 northwest Detroit. We serve 140 students and will add one grade level each year.
OUR MISSION & VISION
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.
DAA’s work will be urgent and will focus on holistically educating each student. Our work will be guided by these four principles:
Our work is active. We learn by doing and getting our hands dirty. Students are scientists, urban planners, historians, and activists, investigating real community problems and collaborating with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions. Adults are active guides of student learning and active members of their professional learning community.
Our work is inclusive and equitable. Students and adults celebrate the diverse backgrounds of their peers. School leaders work to recruit and attract a population of families and faculty that represents different socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
Our work is excellent. Students at all levels are pushed and supported to do more than they think they can. Excellence is expected in the quality of their work and thinking. School leaders, teachers, students, and families share rigorous expectations for quality work, achievement, and behavior.
Our work is reflective. Students and adults reflect as they triumph and as they stumble. Students and adults offer direct and sensitive feedback to their peers. Trust, respect, responsibility, and joy in learning permeate the school culture.
Adrian Monge is both excited and humbled to be stepping into the role of principal at Detroit Achievement Academy. For the last five years Adrian has been committed to improving educational outcomes for students in Detroit as a teacher, instructional coach, and school leader. She believes that education is a social justice
issue and that all students deserve an excellent education, especially in the great city of Detroit. As a second grade teacher she was recognized as a Sue Lehmann finalist by Teach for America, an award given for excellence in teaching and student achievement. She was also recognized as Educator of the Year as a school leader by her previous school district. Adrian was born, raised, and attended public schools in Omaha, Nebraska. She received a joint undergraduate degree in History and Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, then moved to Detroit to begin her teacher career. She also has a Masters in Urban Education from the University of Michigan. Adrian is looking forward to building on the current success of Detroit Achievement Academy and working with the school team and community to push our students to new heights. In her spare time you can find Adrian spending time with her dogs, enjoying the outdoors at the riverwalk, Dequindre Cut, Eastern Market, or Belle Isle, and cooking and eating delicious food throughout the city.
Tommy Anderson is overjoyed to move back to the great state of Michigan to join the DAA team as a School Social Worker. For over a decade, Tommy has worked with youth in various settings-- teaching preschool, leading mentoring programs, running a kayak camp, teaching English as a foreign language in Peru, and most recently, leading social work services at a therapeutic day school in Chicago. Tommy holds a Bachelors in Social Work from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan. Tommy hopes to use his experience and skills to empower all DAA students to be their best selves, both inside and outside the classroom. When he isn't working, Tommy enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, biking, kayaking, camping, trying new food, listening to music, and telling cheesy jokes.
Arleana Atkins has worked for the school system for a very long time. She started working for DPS in 2001. Arleana enjoys doing this type of work; she loves making things better in her environment and enjoys making people happy. (She makes DAA's building bright, joyful, and tidy every single day and her colleagues appreciate her endlessly.) Arleana likes working in a school environment to make things look better and enjoys working around good people that appreciate good work. This will be her second year working at Detroit Achievement Academy. She enjoyed her first year here because all the staff feels like a family and everyone works together. Arleana also loves the fact that she works at the same school her son attends!
Founding First Grade Teacher
Kimberly Boyer is thrilled to be teaching first grade at Detroit Achievement Academy for a fifth year. Kimberly’s passion for teaching has greatly impacted her students’ achievement. She loves the uniqueness and creativity each student brings to the classroom. Nothing makes her happier than seeing students reach their fullest potential. During the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school year, first grade math growth was in the 95th percentile nationally and an overwhelming majority made the same gains in reading. Kimberly earned her BA in Communications from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Education from Hofstra University in New York, where she is from. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband and two year old daughter, Joey, playing with her dog, and reading! She is looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!
Upper Elementary Intervention Teacher
Melissa Bradley is excited to be joining the Detroit Achievement Academy team this school year. She is from metro Detroit but is thrilled to have recently moved to the city. Melissa has taught fourth grade math as well as provided reading and math intervention for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She is looking forward to working with upper elementary again with the fourth and fifth team. Melissa has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan where she enjoyed learning about child development and educational psychology. She loves to bake Christmas cookies, travel, and spend time with her husband and their two dogs, Ted and Robin.
Erin Brott was born in Missouri but raised in southeastern Michigan. She studied fine arts at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and then transferred to University of Michigan - Flint where she received her Bachelors degree in Art Education K-12. This will be her sixth year teaching art and she is so excited to help foster the creativity within each member of our crews at DAA. Art and design are her passion and it is such a joy to be able to promote creative thinking and lead students to discover their own artistic abilities on a daily basis. In her free time Erin likes to paint, draw, decorate cakes and spend time in nature with family, friends, fiancee, and her dog Fynn.
Third Grade Teacher
Sarah Feldman is entering her 8th year in elementary education and is thrilled be a part of Detroit Achievement Academy! Prior to DAA, Sarah helped found a KIPP elementary school in East Los Angeles where she taught 1st grade, 2nd grade and was the Dean. Her students were consistently some of the top performers on the NWEA MAP test in both the region and network. Before LA, Sarah lived in Detroit where she helped found elementary school, and taught 2nd and 3rd grade. During her time in Detroit she sat on the board of the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program as their Academic Advisor, worked with Citizen Effect as a Citizen Philanthropist and created a community website to help highlight the positive events, people and organizations in Detroit. Sarah received her BA in Comparative History of Ideas and BFA in Photography from the University of Washington. She also received her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Grand Valley State University. During her free time Sarah loves to be outdoors with her boyfriend and their 3 dogs, creating art, spending time with friends & family, and traveling. Detroit is where her heart is and she is beyond excited to be moving back home. Sarah cannot wait to partner with DAA and be an active community member in Detroit.
4th/5th Grade Math Teacher
Genel Fowler is pumped to be joining the DAA Family. Born and raised right here in Detroit, she is a graduated of Cass Technical High School and Michigan State University. Go Green! She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum, with a concentration in Elementary Mathematics. Genel will be entering her fourth year of teaching, and first year of teaching 4th and 5th grade. During the 2016-2017 school year, 100% of the students in her class met or exceeded their math MAP goals. Each student was also able to demonstrate at least a year and a half worth of growth. She is eager to bring her experience, energy and passion to the DAA community. Outside of school, Genel enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, journaling, watching food network and traveling every chance she gets.
Vickie Hines is excited to be a part of Detroit Achievement Academy for a fourth year. Vickie has over 11 years experience in Office Management. Vickie was born and raised in Detroit and have great passion for education, families and all children. Vickie loves working as Office Manager. Vickie manages records, enrollment, student files, State of Michigan school reporting, and attendance while addressing the needs of visitors, parents and students daily. Vickie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading and dining out. Vickie was DAA's first ever adult light leader.
Mario Lemons is a native of Detroit, and was educated in the Detroit Public Schools system. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum, with a Specialization in English and Language Instruction. Mario is passionate about empowering young people to be their best selves and is excited to bring his expertise to Detroit Achievement Academy. For the past five years, Mario has dedicated himself to educating young people in the arts, as well as empowering students academically, socially and emotionally. This school year, Mario will be serving as an interventionist. He is thrilled to be charged with the task of providing both academic and behavioral support for students K-5. Outside of school, Mario enjoys traveling frequently with his travel club, being involved in the arts community, and giving back to the less fortunate.
Eboni Moore is the operation manager and founding parent of Detroit Achievement Academy. She enjoys making Detroit Achievement Academy a beautiful and safe environment for the children everyday. Outside of the walls of DAA she enjoys spending time with her six children which of four attends DAA and the kids in her community. So also enjoys being the soccer coach and a positive role model for the children of our DAA.
Katie O'Donnell is so excited to join the DAA team this year! Although this is her first year at DAA, this is her sixth year teaching elementary school in Detroit. Katie has taught Kindergarten, first, second, and fourth grade, and has consistently brought students to reach more than 1 year of growth in Reading and Math each year. Katie graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English and Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2012 and a Masters Degree in Education and Urban Pedagogy from the University of Michigan in 2014. Katie is a native metro-Detroiter, and has lived in the city for the past five years. In her spare time, Katie likes to run marathons, explore Detroit restaurants, and spend time with her five siblings and friends.
Operations & Classroom Assistant
Shanell Pugh was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin an grew up in the city of Detroit where she currently lives now. She has two beautiful daughters that she cherishes with her whole heart. She is a down to earth woman who enjoys walks by the river and from time to time karaoke. In 2013 she graduated from Everest Institute as a Medical Administrative Assistant which she plans on furthering my education in.
4th/5th Grade ELA Teacher
Kirstin Stoeckle is elated to join the teaching team at Detroit Achievement Academy to work with our 4th and 5th grade students. Kirstin has 4 years experience teaching third through fifth graders in Detroit and 2 years working as an instructional coach. Prior to teaching she worked in the Ecuadorian Amazon, promoting environmental education initiatives. Kirstin has a BS in Political Science from Central Michigan University. Kirstin enjoys cooking, creating and being outdoors.
2nd Grade Teacher
Georgina Vermeersch is absolutely thrilled to be working with the second grade crew at Detroit Achievement Academy this year! Georgina is a graduate of Wayne State University and has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education; she hopes to return for her masters degree this year or next. During the 2016-2017 school year, she was nominated for Teacher of the Year and her students scored in the 93rd percentile nationally in Math. This is Georgina's fourth year teaching in Detroit and she couldn't be more excited to continue her education journey at DAA this year. Nothing makes her happier than seeing her students achieve their greatest potential and meet their own goals. She spends her free time hiking, biking, and playing with her dogs. Also, she spends time volunteering for the nonprofit Detroit Dog Rescue, where she helps to get adoptable dogs into loving forever homes. She enjoys traveling, coffee, and relaxing in her hammock while reading a good book.
Adrienne Turner is very proud to be a founding parent at Detroit Achievement Academy as well as a returning classroom assistant. Adrienne was born and raised in Detroit MI, where she is currently raising her daughters Brooke (8) and Autumn (10mos). She loves working with children and will soon be going back to school to pursue a career in early childhood education. Adrienne enjoys her time with family and friends as well as cooking, eating, and dancing.
Chief Academic Officer, Founding Teacher
Jen McMillan is honored to be the Chief Academic Officer at Detroit Achievement Academy, alongside the best team ever! As second grade teacher at DAA, Jen led our founding students (who are now our big kid 5th graders!) to 2.22 years in reading and the 99th percentile for growth nationally in both reading and math. Jen was named Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year in 2015. 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 and The New Teacher Project. She earned her BA in Psychology from Harvard University in Massachusetts and her Masters in Education from Alliant International University in San Francisco. Jen loves the environment of constant learning at DAA, nurtured by our partnership with EL Education--being with our crew brings so much JOY! In her free time, Jen likes running, reading, doing yoga, eating ice cream, and drinking lots of coffee. You can often find her doing all of these things with her husband while snuggling her two baby boys!
OUR SCHOOL BOARD
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.
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.
GREGORY DEMARS, CFA
Gregory DeMars, CFA is the Chief Financial Officer of PrizeLogic, a digital partner for results-driven incentivized consumer engagement programs located in Southfield. Prior to PrizeLogic, Greg was the Senior Vice President of Finance of Credibly, an emerging FinTech small business lender located in Troy. He earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a BS from the University of Dayton. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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.
Joe Tate is a graduate student at the University of Michigan within the Ross School of Business (MBA) and the School of Natural Resources (M.S.). With a focus on environmental and urban policy, Joe has held summer associate and internship positions at the National Park Service, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), and the City of Detroit. Prior to graduate school, Joe served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013 where he conducted deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Joe received his undergraduate degree in public policy studies from Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, he was a three-year starter on their varsity football team and served as team captain his senior year. That opportunity allowed him play two seasons in the National Football League from 2004 to 2006.
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.