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.
LaRita Henry has a strong background in education and educational leadership with over 18 years of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and principal. Her educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Her educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn given: a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, and an encouraging and supportive community.
Ms. Henry, received her BBA in Marketing from the University of St. Francis, her MA in Teaching from National Louis University and her MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
In her personal time, Ms. Henry enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and music. Ms. Henry is a die-hard Chicago Bears Fan.