Tara Haskins, School Leader
Following her graduation from Hampton University, Tara joined the New Teacher Project (TNTP) and taught middle school English and Language Arts in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was here that she developed a middle school all-girls mentoring program that focused on mindfulness, college preparation, and community service. Tara then joined KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls in Houston, where she taught U.S. History and served as a History and later an English content lead, responsible for supporting and developing teachers in both disciplines. She also led school-wide culture systems as Dean of Restorative Justice and Culture. Her implementation of school-wide restorative practices at led to out of school suspensions decreasing by half in a single year. Ms. Haskins has also most recently served as Assistant Principal where she led a broad array of academic and cultural functions. For example, her leadership of the implementation of a standards-aligned English Language Arts curriculum led to students and staff achieving 2020 academic goals two years ahead of schedule.
Jahna Riley, Family and Community Outreach Coordinator
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Jahna is a proud graduate of the city’s public schools. She is an AmeriCorps alumna who served as a Pre-K tutor with the Literacy Lab. Her experience includes classroom teaching, project management, and communications. As an educator in Kansas City’s urban schools, she knows the power of strong parent and community engagement. Prior to working in schools, Jahna managed fundraising, marketing and external communications for Teach For America - Kansas City. Jahna is passionate about educational equity and is excited to work with parents and the community to ensure that all of the young women who attend KCGPA are successful. Jahna is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Beta Omega Chapter, and also served on the Ink Magazine’s Advisory Board. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Howard University in Washington, DC.
Tom Krebs, CEO
Prior to KCGPA, Tom served as Vice President for Program Delivery with Leading Educators, a national nonprofit that trains instructional leaders in CCSS-aligned, content-specific best practices. He also served as a founding academic dean at a charter high school in Newark, where his students achieved 97% proficiency on state assessments, the highest ELA scores in the state for open-enrollment, high-poverty schools, ACT scores above the national average, and a 96% college acceptance rate. Previously, he taught in two other high schools in Newark and the Bronx while serving as a grade level chair and founder of a college access program that more than tripled the rate of student acceptances to college. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis and Economics from Pomona College, a M.S. in teaching from Pace University, and a M.A. in Education Administration from National Louis University.