Turnaround Principal, Kejuana Jefferson
Kejuana Jefferson is a leading innovator and transformational specialist with over 13 years of experience in the K-12 setting, many of those years serving as a "School Turnaround Specialist". She earned her Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from Mississippi Valley State University, her MBA from The Ohio State University, and she continues her education at Walden University in pursuit of her Ed.D in Teacher Leadership. She first gained her passion while working in different teaching and administrative capacities within the Mississippi Delta in both elementary and high schools. After relocating to Ohio, she served as a School Improvement Coach, Literacy Coach, and Data Coach for several of Ohio’s elementary, middle, and high schools. She is passionate about ensuring that every child receives a quality education, it is the key to building a strong foundation for our scholars.
Dean of Academics, Courtney Donohoe
Courtney Donohoe was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and attended Kent State University for her undergraduate degree. She then moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Denver. After her first year in graduate school, she worked at a local organization in Masaka, Uganda designing and implementing a community-based education project focused on training teachers to adopt a human rights curriculum. Upon returning to the US and completing her graduate degree in International Human Rights, her journey led her to a fight in her own community for social justice for students as a Teach for America Corps Member. Courtney has spent the last five years working for education equity in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. Courtney loves to read, write, and dance and has spent the last three years performing and training with a professional dance company in Denver. She hopes to find a home in the dance community in the Greater Cleveland area during this new journey.
Dean of Scholar & Family Engagement, Tamara Jones
Tamara Jones comes from a family of educators, where being an educator was a career path she never thought she would pursue, yet she has been an educator for over 15 years. The connection to education and community has always been there starting with her job at Life Skills where she helped graduate a class of 65 students within her first year, then leading into her four years at Job and Family. Services as a family caseworker, then returning to education in 2009 at New Beginnings Academy. Last summer Tamara linked with Lorain City Hall to bring the “Titans at Work” summer employment program for seven Lorain High students to work nine weeks in various departments within City Hall. Tamara also coordinated with the district’s athletic director to bring the Titan mascot to Lorain City Schools. She has been with LCS for nine years working under the College and Career Readiness umbrella, from AVID teacher to Adjunct Instructor for LCCC teaching computer application and student development courses to high school students. Tamara received her Bachelors from Wright State University in Organizational Leadership, pursued her teaching license in Integrated Business through Ashland University, a Masters from Kent State, and currently enrolled in Cleveland State’s Inspired Leaders Program. Tamara had the opportunity while in college to travel to Japan, during her down time, she enjoys watching Law & Order TV show, relaxing, traveling and spending time with her son Madison, who is a junior at Lorain High.