K. Kaaekuahiwi

As an equity leader and ethnic studies educator for the past twelve years, K. Kaaekuahiwi has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring equitable access for Black/African-American, and Latine students in under-resourced BIPOC communities, and urban public schools.  His curiosity about transformational and liberatory models of education stem from connections within his work on ethnic studies

Uchenna Lewis

After graduating from Buffalo State College with a degree in secondary math education and minor in African American studies, Mrs. Lewis was accepted into KIPP’s prestigious Fisher Fellowship class of 2002 and opened a school in New York. For her work in Buffalo, she was honored by Business First with a “40 under 40” award

Shawn Nealy-Oparah, Ed.D.

Shawn joins Partners with 15 years of teaching and leadership experience and brings a deep commitment to social justice and educational equity. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to the Bay Area and earned her B.A. in Black Studies and Political Science from San Francisco State University (SFSU). Her time at SFSU was a politicizing

Megan Kizer

A drive to learn has always been one of Megan’s core values. She pursued her own educational path at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish with an emphasis in Multicultural literature for adolescents. She began working for Kalamazoo Public Schools directly from her studies, in

Jae Fusco

Jae Fusco joined Partners after teaching in the New York City Department of Education for seven years. She holds a B.S.Ed. in elementary education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Hofstra University in New York. Her work with Partners over the last few years has given her the

Alex Maclver

Alex comes to Partners having worked in education for the past 11 years guided by the firm belief that EVERY student can be successful, especially those in historically under-served communities. He received a B.A. from the University of Hawaii with a focus on post-colonial literature. He then joined New York Teaching Fellows and taught an