Lisa Haynes, CEO
Prior to taking on the role of CEO and Co-Founder of CCTS, Ms. Haynes served as Youth UpRising’s Chief of Career Development where she led a team to launch a Career Pathway program for over 450 youth annually. She began her career in education as an English and Literacy teacher before serving as Principal of Leadership Public Schools on the Castlemont campus. Lisa Haynes understands the community’s rich history and the culture of learning necessary to change the lives of students. She has dedicated her life to teaching and learning, and is deeply committed to equip faculty and staff with the best strategies and support to realize educational success for the students in the Castlemont Community.
Bernex Richardson, Founding Principal
Prior to becoming Principal at CCTS, Mr. Richardson served as Assistant Principal at Rocketship Alma Academy in San Jose, CA as well as a Dean of School Culture at a NYC charter school. Through his work, he has coached teachers and students towards creating a school environment where everyone shares high expectations and collaboratively works towards ensuring strong academic achievement for all students. As a Teach For America alum, Mr. Richardson taught 5th to 8th grade Reading Enrichment at Mary D. Coghill Accelerated School, located in New Orleans, LA and served in a variety of roles on the TFA Atlanta Summer Institute Team, including School Operations Manager, Corps Member Advisor, and Curriculum Specialist. Mr. Richardson is a proud graduate of the University of North Georgia, holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and is working towards a Master of Education in School Building Leadership from Teachers College of Columbia University. Bernex Richardson is committed to leading a school team that is empowered to positively shape the lives of ALL students as they prepare for college and career in the 21st century.
Andrea Lee, Director of Education Policy and Development
As Co-Founder and Director of Education Policy and Development at CCTS, Andrea Lee contributes to fund development and research to ensure students are transitioning through CCTS’ cradle to career pathway. Ms. Lee holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and brings a diverse perspective to CCTS, understanding that education and health are inextricably linked. She is committed to education equity for communities of color.
Rynae Lindsey, Enrollment Coordinator
Prior to becoming Enrollment Coordinator at CCTS, Ms. Lindsey served as After School Program Coordinator for the YMCA where she developed and implemented multiple literacy enhancing programs for disadvantaged youth in the Central Valley. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Studies and is in pursuit of a Master of Educational Leadership and Master of Business Administration in Non-Profit Management. Rynae is committed to transforming the lives of youth, particularly minorities who hail from underserved communities, through education.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors have deep ties to Oakland and the neighboring communities. Combined, they have decades of experience representing all of the key areas of skills required for a successful charter school start-up, including managing public funds. This deep level of commitment and broad range of influence enjoyed by the Board of Directors will serve us well in overcoming the numerous challenges involved in designing and opening a high quality school here in East Oakland.
LaShawn Routé-Chatmon, Co-Chair
National Equity Project
Tracy Session, Secretary
Teach for America
Olis Simmons, Co-Chair
Evan Smith, Chief of Audit
Purpose Built Communities
Thomas Stewart, PhD, Board Member
Eugene Wade, Board Chair
Carole Dorham-Kelly, PhD, Board Member