ENTER A LEARNER: EXIT A LEADER.
At JRLA we develop ACADEMIC HARD SKILLS (the essential knowledge and skills to succeed), ACADEMIC MINDSETS AND SOFT SKILLS (the resilience and adaptiveness to thrive) and IDENTITY, RELEVANCE AND BELONGING (knowing that you matter as a part of something greater than yourself).
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit. The Academy began its first academic year in September 2011 and currently serves over 400 ninth through twelfth grade scholars as well as over 600 alumni from metro Detroit. JRLA provides a leadership-focused education that engages and inspires youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree. Scholars are provided with an authentic academic experience which builds both the skill and will necessary to be successful in high school and beyond. Immersed in the culture of college, scholars will receive extensive college exposure via university tours and summer program experiences to assist in a seamless transition into college. JRLA is a 9-16 model where scholars are supported not only through high school graduation, but through college graduation via our College Success team that works to coordinate success for current scholars and alumni.
Board of Directors
Founder and Detroit native Jalen Rose is an ESPN/ABC analyst and 13-year NBA Star who has assembled a team of educational experts and community leaders to turn his dream into a reality. Mr. Rose brings to the Academy his knowledge of the sports and entertainment industries, commitment to philanthropy and his passion to give back to Detroit. A graduate of Detroit Southwestern High School, Mr. Rose attended the University of Michigan where he was one of five freshman basketball players known as the “Fab Five.” As a college graduate, he is eager to help Detroit youth achieve the same goal. Mr. Rose has been instrumental on the planning team and serves as the President of the JRLA Board of Directors.
Co-founder Michael Carter is a Detroit native and successful entrepreneur. Mr. Carter is managing partner of Pinnacle Construction Partners, a multi-state, pre-construction planning and construction management services firm, and the former president and CEO of Athena Health Club and Day Spa in Nashville. As a successful graduate of Project 100, the University of Detroit’s recruitment program to enroll and graduate inner-city youth, Mr. Carter graduated with a B.A. cum laude and a M.B.A. He serves on the UDM Liberal Arts and Education Dean’s Advisory Board. Mr. Carter brings his first-hand experience to the design of the Academy, his commitment to provide resources, and his dedication to improving the future for Detroit youth. He has been instrumental on the planning team and serves as the President of the Operation Graduation Board.
Current Board Members:
ESPN/ABC Analyist, CEO Three Tier Entertainment
Dennis Archer, Jr.
CEO/Founder - Ignition Media Group; President - Archer Corporate Services
CEO, Navigant Oak, LLC
CAO of Strike Group, LLC
Co-Founder/Partner, Lormax Stern Development Co.
Professor and Former Vice Chancellor/School of Continuing Ed & Workforce Dev, Wayne County Community College District
Managing Director, Accenture
Deputy Director, The Kresge Foundation
A special thanks to our past board members:
Tonya Allen - Rumia Ambrose Burbank - Honorable Mayor Dave Bing - Tim Gale - John James
Ron Klein - Mick Koster - Diane Manica - Kim Mattes - David Schostak - Neil Weissman
The JRLA Founding Team
Jalen Rose, Michael A. Carter, Sr., Mick Koster, Diana Manica, Michelle Ruscitti-Miller, Dr. Barbara Smith and N. Kendell Walton
Our team is hard working and relentless towards our goal of providing our scholars with an excellent education.
Administrative School Leadership Team
Wendie Lewis, Principal email@example.com
Rebecca Kissel, Assistant Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Katelyn Hoisington, Dean of Students email@example.com
Delonte Jones, Dean of Leadership firstname.lastname@example.org
Katteeva James, Dean of Operations email@example.com
Eugene North, Leadership Coach firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhea Cooper, School Social Worker email@example.com
Vickie Willis, SEL Corrdinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Demarcus Wingate, Building Sub email@example.com
Tamarsha Marzette, Building Sub firstname.lastname@example.org
Mauriah Jacobs, Building Sub email@example.com
College and Post Secondary Team
Malika Velinor, Dean firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. David Williams, Director email@example.com
Aliya Spotts, Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Aisha Habeeb, Alumni Success Cor. email@example.com
Anwar Beydoun, Alumni Success Cor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Niki Garcia, Office Manager email@example.com
Silva Howard, Attendance Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Team
Lyla Abdallah, SPED Coordinator email@example.com
Shirley Rowe, SPED Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Carter, SPED Teacher email@example.com
Deshae Butler, SPED Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohamed Almuthafer, Chemisty email@example.com
Gregory Beamish, English. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Brenner, Algebra II email@example.com
Jennifer Chang, Algrebra firstname.lastname@example.org
Paige Dotson, Geometry email@example.com
Ryan Dougherty, History firstname.lastname@example.org
Corey Edwards, Health & Fitness email@example.com
Shanae Grihm, Art firstname.lastname@example.org
Ciara Hamilton, Biology email@example.com
Ricky Harzula, College Bound Scholars firstname.lastname@example.org
Calvin Nellum, Physics email@example.com
Samuel Peterson, English firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Raycraft, Spanish email@example.com
Reneta Richard, English. firstname.lastname@example.org
Evan Sawyer, Spanish email@example.com
Jonathon Speese, English. firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Sykes, Biology email@example.com
Tawania Whitt, Math Intervention firstname.lastname@example.org
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