Michael has a strong track record of leadership and a rich, diverse set of experiences that uniquely prepare him for leading an innovative non-profit with an ambitious vision. His varied professional experiences, coupled with his educational background, have cultivated an innovative, entrepreneurial approach that combines insights from a variety of disciplines and industries. Mike has served as a classroom teacher, department head over three departments at a prestigious 3,000-student high school, and principal of an independent K-8 school of over 500 students. Mike also has a long history of volunteer experiences including over a decade as a high school Young Life leader and many years serving kids at By The Hand in the Austin community. Specifically, his vision for this school has been greatly informed by blending a deep understanding of education and schools with that of finance, economics and strategy. Mike holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.
Mika Krause is the principal for Moving Everest Charter School. Mika is a graduate of the prestigious and rigorous Ryan Fellowship. A program created by the Accelerate Institute to prepare educators to become charter school leaders with expertise in accelerating student achievement. As a Ryan Fellow, Mika served as part of the leadership team at Catalyst Circle Rock where she has been instrumental in the school’s realization of impressive NWEA MAP results. Prior to the Ryan Fellowship, Mika served in multiple leadership roles for the Chicago International Charter School Lloyd Bond Campus culminating with her position as the assistant director. In this capacity, she supported fourteen grade level teachers in their data-driven instruction, planned and executed whole school professional development and conducted formal teacher observations for 20 staff members. Mika has over seven years of experience in education both as a teacher and school leader. Mika has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from DePaul University.
Kristin was the founding Special Education Coordinator at Moving Everest. She came to Moving Everest with more than 7 years of education experience and a passion for using technology in the classroom. Most recently, Kristin served as Department Chair at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, where she worked to provide technology-rich experiences for her students. Prior to that, Kristin taught both 1st grade and special education at Namaste Charter School. Kristin has served as an edtech consultant, supporting 200 schools in the Midwest with literacy intervention and instruction and currently serves on the Board for the International Society for Technology in Education’s Inclusive Learning Network. Kristin holds a B.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University with dual certification in general and special education.
Lakeishia brings extensive business and school experience to Moving Everest. Most recently she spent seven years at the CICS Longwood campus as the business operations manager and school operations specialist. In these roles, she was responsible for operations management, inventory, vendor relations, grant applications, financial tracking and reporting, budgetary management, human resources and compliance issues. Lakeishia has a B.A. in Business and Economics from Benedictine University.
Laura has more than 10 years of experience working with children in Chicago schools and in the community. Her experience includes work with children 0 – 3 years old in Early Intervention as well as elementary, middle and high school students at Catalyst Charter Schools and Perspectives Charter Schools. In this capacity, she was responsible for supporting scholars, families, teachers and school staff. She worked to develop interventions that helped scholars reach their full potential in school and life. She has a B.A. in Art History from Northern Illinois University, a M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University and her M.S.W. from the University of Chicago.