Our Team

Our Leadership Team

  • Scott Shirey, Executive Director 

    Scott Shirey is the founder and executive director of KIPP Delta Public Schools. Prior to founding KIPP Delta College Preparatory School in 2002, Mr. Shirey completed the KIPP School Leadership Program, which included intensive study at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Mr. Shirey taught for three years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he was a Teach For America corps member. In November 2011, Forbes Magazine listed Mr. Shirey as one of the world’s seven most powerful educators. Mr. Shirey graduated cum laude from Colby College with a B.A. in history.

  • Janelle Renee Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer

    Janelle Jenkins directs regional operations, people management and development, finance and strategic planning. After a successful career in the auto manufacturing and banking industries, Ms. Jenkins transitioned to the public education sector through the prestigious Broad Residency. She most recently served as director, project and change management for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, supporting 168 schools. Ms. Jenkins earned a master of educational leadership from The Broad Center for School System Management, a master of business administration from the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago, and a bachelor of business administration from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. She is passionate about optimizing processes and systems to support employee development and social and academic outcomes for all children. Ms. Jenkins is a native of Detroit, Michigan.

  • Carissa Godwin, Chief External Affairs Officer

    Carissa Godwin joined KIPP Delta Public Schools in 2012. She oversees regional development, marketing, talent recruitment, and communications needs. Prior to joining KIPP, Ms. Godwin held senior development positions at Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation. She has a passion for issues related to social justice, children, and animals. Ms. Godwin has a degree in communications with a public relations emphasis from the University of Central Arkansas.

  • Amy Charpentier, Chief Academic Officer

    Amy Charpentier serves as the CAO for KIPP Delta. In her role, Ms. Charpentier manages the academic team, including KIPP Through College, special education, and literacy. Ms. Charpentier came to the Arkansas Delta in 2002 through Teach for America, teaching high school English at a district alternative school for students who struggled behaviorally and academically. Under her leadership, KIPP Delta Through College has established four Arkansas college partnerships that have provided over $4.75 million in direct scholarships to KIPP Delta graduates. Ms. Charpentier holds undergraduate degrees in French and political science from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and an education degree in culture, curriculum, and change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Jerry Sanders, Head of Schools

    Jerry Sanders was most recently the founder of a turnaround school in Memphis with the Achievement School District. He has also served in several other capacities including school leader, dean, and department chair. His work extended to supportin the KIPP Foundation as a Faculty Fellow. His passion is rooted in his belief that ll children deserve access to an excellent education regardless of family background, neighborhood, or financial situation. Mr. Sanders has been a KSLP participant, a KIPPP School Leader Development participant, and a Ryan Fellow (an exclusive principal prep program that develops leaders with work from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management). Mr. Sanders holds a B.A. in history from the University of Memphis, and a MAT from Christian Brothers University.

  • Todd Dixon, School Director

    Todd Dixon graduated magna cum laude from Colby College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in education. After graduation, Mr. Dixon joined Teach For America to work as a teacher in the Arkansas Delta. Mr. Dixon has taught seventh- through twelfth-grade math, science, and engineering courses over the last eight years. In 2010, Mr. Dixon became an assistant principal at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School and participated in the KIPP School Leadership Program’s Principal Prep training during the summer of 2011. He served as the school director of KIPP Delta Collegiate High from 2011 to 2015 when he transitioned into the school director role at KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy.

  • Andrea Dixon, School Director 

    Andrea Dixon is school leader at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School. A native of Memphis, Mrs. Dixon is committed to providing graduates with the academic and character foundation necessary to fulfill their dreams of college and career readiness. Mrs. Dixon began her career in education in Memphis, teaching high school Spanish. Prior to teaching, she worked in the mortgage servicing and customer service industries. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a master of education degree from Union University. Mrs. Dixon is also a graduate of the New Leaders Emerging Leaders Program and the New Leaders Aspiring Principals Program. Mrs. Dixon is married to Frank Dixon Jr., who is a native of Elaine, Arkansas, with family roots in the Helena community.

  • Alice Goldsberry, School Director

    Alice Goldsberry serves as the school leader at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she came to the Arkansas Delta by way of Teach for America in 2007. As a classroom teacher, Ms. Goldsberry taught every content area, including 5-8 mathematics. Ms. Goldsberry holds a master’s degree in Public School Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University and served as an assistant principal in the Helena and Blytheville communities before assuming the School Leader role.

  • Christopher Mayes, School Director

    Christopher Mayes is a public servant with more than a decade of experience in public and charter schools across the southern United States. Mr. Mayes began his career as a 2004 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans. Mr. Mayes also has experience with the Office of Juvenile Justice, supporting the transformation of a prison education program into a fully functioning high school offering college readiness coursework. Mr. Mayes joined the KIPP Delta team at KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High after serving two years as the assistant principal of instruction in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Mayes has a dual degree in French and communications from Michigan State University, holds a master of education degree from Concordia University, and is enrolled in the doctor of education program at Concordia University.

  • Patricia Gray, School Director

    Patricia Gray believes that literacy is the first step to societal equity. Ms. Gray an economics and business graduate of Hendrix College, received a gubernatorial appointment to the Arkansas State Board of Higher Education in 1989, and later joined the Hendrix Board of Trustees. She enjoyed a leadership career with four international companies including AT&T and Nike but followed her passion for educational equity via TNTP's Memphis Teaching Fellows in 2009. Ms. Gray taught Spanish, ESL, and math in Memphis, and served as a resident principal and was endorsed via the New Leaders Aspiring Principal's Program. Ms. Gray is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and serves as the school leader for KIPP Forrest City College Preparatory School.

  • Alexia Gist, School Director

    Alexia Gist serves as the school leader at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School. She graduated cum laude from Chicago State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a concentration in biological sciences. Ms. Gist earned her master of arts in educational leadership from Chicago State University in 2012. A Chicago native, Ms. Gist has worked in the education field for the past 11 years teaching grades six through ten, and ended her last year in Chicago, in 2017, as the dean of instruction for math in science for the Noble Network of Charter Schools.