Paul Ramirez is the founding co-Head of School at Freire Charter School Wilmington which opened in 2015 and serves five hundred students in grades 8-12. In this role, Paul leads the overall vision and direction of the school and heads the academic program including supervising teaching staff, curriculum, and instruction. Prior to this, Paul was the assistant head of academics at Freire Charter High School Philadelphia. Paul began his career teaching as a 2010 Teach for America corps member at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware. There, he was appointed English Department Chair and named the 2014 Teacher of the Year with 99 percent of his students meeting standards in state assessments in each of his last two years teaching. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale University and a master’s degree in teaching from Wilmington University.
A Delaware native, Kia Johnson is the Executive Director of Great Oaks Charter School – Wilmington, which opened its doors in 2015, beginning with 6th grade with plans to serve grades 6-12 at scale. As Executive Director, she oversees both the middle school and the future high school at GO-WIL. She began her career as a middle grades English teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ms. Childs worked at several high-performing public charter school networks, including KIPP and Mastery Charter Schools. Before returning to Delaware to lead this new school in Wilmington, she served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal for Great Oaks – New York City. Kia is a graduate of Hampton University and Columbia University. She was a 2008 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans.
As Dean, Ashley Sorensonserves as the high school leader at Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, DE. The high school, which opened in the fall of 2016, will grow to serve all grades 9-12 by 2019. Previously, Ashley was Instructional Technology Coach at Howard High School of Technology, where she began her career as a Science Teacher and has been named the Teacher of the Year. At Howard, Ashley also served as director of the College Access Program, an after-school program that helps students prepare for, gain admission to, and fund their education in college. For eight years, she also was a leader for a summer camp for high school girls. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wilmington University, and Teach For America Delaware's 2010 corps.
In 2017, Jorden Jones began serving as Middle School Principal at Great Oaks Charter School - Wilmington, where she previously served for two years as Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, supporting teachers in creating and executing academically rigorous lessons. She began her career as a teacher at Boys’ Latin, a college preparatory high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After two years as an English teacher there, Jorden then taught middle grades History in New York City for several years at Democracy Prep Public Schools and Great Oaks – New York City. Jorden is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania. She was a 2010 Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia.