Transformative Education Begins with You
The Miles Family Fellowship is a highly-selective, one-year, cohort-based leadership program that is designed to increase leadership capacity in experienced assistant principals who are preparing to lead a KIPP school, either as a Fisher Fellow or successor school leader, within the next two years.
The Miles Family Fellowship equips great leaders to lead outstanding schools.
Our program utilizes evidenced-based practices rooted in the KIPP Leading for Learning Actions and in the KIPP Leadership Framework and Competencies that will prepare you to lead an existing KIPP school, or to become a Fisher Fellow to found a new KIPP school.
After one year, you will be able to model and support school-wide vision and goals that lead students to and through college, and contribute to school-wide planning and prioritizing to accomplish those goals. You will learn to develop emerging leaders through goal-setting and coaching, and model strong school culture while managing school-wide character development and behavior management systems. You will learn to implement academic strategies, demonstrate an understanding of yourself as a leader, your impact on others, and your leadership philosophy.
The Miles Family Fellowship cohort will become a vital and sustaining community lifeline of colleagues eager to share, support, and grow together.
Unique to the Miles Family Fellowship
As a Miles Family Fellow you will complete rigorous projects that will challenge, empower, and support your professional development while expanding your knowledge and effectiveness as a School Leader.
Miles Family Fellows demonstrate their ability to develop and execute a school-wide vision by leading a school-wide initiative.
Individual Development Plan
Creation of an Individual Development Plan that outlines the fellow’s strengths and areas of development. This plan is formally revisited regularly during the fellowship year and serves as a starting point for discussions between the fellow, their KIPP region, and the KIPP Foundation about preparedness to transition into the school leader role.
Meet Our Current Miles Family Fellows
Tyler DockinsAssistant Principal of Mathematics & Science, KIPP Rise Academy, KIPP New Jersey
|Tyler Dockins is the Assistant Principal of Mathematics & Science at KIPP Rise Academy (KIPP New Jersey) in Newark, NJ. At Rise Academy, he gets the opportunity to geek out about math and science with both teachers and kids on a daily basis. He has previously served as an instructional coach at both the middle and high school levels and as a Dean of Data & Intervention. Additionally, outside of his work with KIPP New Jersey, he has supported first-year teacher development with both Teach For America, as a school director, and RELAY Graduate School of Education, as an Adjunct Professor of Secondary Mathematics.|
Before KIPP New Jersey, Tyler worked as a special education teacher in Phoenix, Arizona for two years and taught in his childhood community. He earned his Master’s Degree in Special Education at Arizona State University and his Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a minor in International Studies from the University of Washington as a student in the Honors Program.
To recharge, Tyler enjoys sorting shapes with his one-year-old son and wife.
Chris FrillsFounding Assistant School Leader, KIPP Triumph Academy, KIPP St. Louis
Chris Frills is the Founding Assistant School Leader at KIPP Triumph Academy Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. He previously served as Assistant School Leader at KIPP Columbus Elementary and as 5th Grade Math teacher and Grade Level Chair at KIPP Impact Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida. Chris began his career as a Teach For America corps member and in 2015.He was named a National Finalist for the Sue Lehmann Teaching and Learning Fellowship. Chris was a Posse Scholar at Carleton College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. As a Chicago native and son of a Chicago police officer, Chris realized at a young age the crucial need for high-quality educational opportunities for people of color in communities like Chicago and St. Louis. Chris hopes to one day lead a school that demonstrates the power a quality education has in transforming educationally underserved communities. In his spare time, Chris enjoys test driving cars, reading mystery novels, and tending to his houseplants.
Britteny JacobsLower School Assistant Principal, KIPP Vision Primary, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools
|Britteny N. Jacobs graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008 with her Bachelor’s in advertising. She was a 2008 Miami Teaching Fellows, teaching kindergarten and first grade at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. Britteny was afforded the opportunity to found Uncommon Schools True North Rochester Preparatory Charter Elementary School. She served as a kindergarten co-teacher.|
She had the opportunity to found KIPP Believe Primary (KBP) in New Orleans, LA. She taught kindergarten for two years and served as Grade Level Facilitator. In its founding year, KBP was one of the top ten performers on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment across the KIPP network.
Britteny moved to Atlanta to found her third school, KIPP Vision Primary (KVP) in Atlanta, GA. She served as a founding kindergarten teacher as well as Grade Level Chair. In its founding year, KVP was the third highest ranked school for reading and number five school for math across the KIPP network on the MAP assessment. She currently serves as Lower School Assistant Principal. She received the KIPP Metro Atlanta’s Grow Beyond Award for her coaching and development of teachers. Britteny recently graduated from Columbia University with her Master’s in Organizational Leadership.
In her spare time, Britteny enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She also likes to travel and enjoys finding and cooking new recipes.
Alicia LockhartAssistant Principal, KIPP Sunnyside High School, KIPP Houston Public Schools
Alicia Lockhart began working with KIPP in 2008 when she joined KIPP San Jose Collegiate as the founding 9th grade English teacher. She worked there until 2016, holding various positions including Dean of Instruction, Cheerleading Coach, AP Psychology Teacher, and Vice Principal of Instruction. When she moved to Houston in 2016 she again took a position with KIPP serving as the 12th-grade Assistant Principal at KIPP Sunnyside High School.She will remain in this role for the 17-18 school year. Alicia is originally from Milwaukee, WI. There she attended Marquette University, earning a BA in Psychology & English. She moved to Los Angeles to teach high school English with Teach For America in 2005, and while there she earned her MA in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. She served as a Program Director with Teach for America in 2007, coaching English teachers in various high schools across Los Angeles, before joining KIPP in 2008. In her free time, Alicia enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and hanging out with her husband, De’Waun; her one-year-old son, Alexander; and their dog, Mikey.
Ashley MonteilAssistant Principal, KIPP CONNECT Houston Primary School, KIPP Houston Public Schools
Ashley currently serves as the Assistant Principal at KIPP CONNECT Houston Primary School in Houston, Texas. Before joining the KIPP Team and Family, Ashley was a teacher in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for 6 years where she taught 2nd and 4th grade. Ashley attended The American University in Washington, D.C. where she earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Literature and minored in Communications. Since her career as an educator began she has earned a Master’s of Education from the University of St. Thomas, a Master of Business Administration from Rice University, and received recognition for her passionate teaching and leadership as the HISD Teacher of the Year in 2012. She plans to continue her career with KIPP in order to grow as a school leader. Ashley eventually wants to open her own school one day to serve students in Houston with rigorous educational opportunities and to prepare them for successful careers and lives! She enjoys running and every moment she is able to spend outdoors with her dog, Max!
Luis NobrigaDean of Lower School and Education Specialist, KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, KIPP NYC/KIPP Miami
|Luis Nobriga was born in Venezuela, grew up in South Florida, and has been working relentlessly to better the lives of marginalized youth since graduating from the University of Florida… Go Gators! The first stop after Florida was teaching in Houston, Texas, as a Teach For America corps member. There he worked as a Bilingual Reading Teacher and used his personal experience as an English Language Learner and his ability to build strong “tough-love” fueled relationships to support his students in becoming exceptional readers. As a visible result of his work, during this third year teaching, Luis was received the highest possible ASPIRE award from the district solely based on his students’ academic growth and performance on state and national assessments. While teaching full-time, Mr. Nobriga obtained a Master’s degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas and it was through his research of high performing schools that he decided to become a part of the KIPP Team and Family.|
Luis became an official KIPPster after moving to New York to be the founding 6th grade reading teacher for KIPP Washington Heights Middle School. There he taught for three more years and currently serves at the Dean of Lower School and Education Specialist for the after-school program. In this role, Luis coaches teachers, supports students and families, oversees the Social Justice curriculum, and teaches a character class to all fifth and sixth graders. Luis is excited to come back home and bring all his passion and experiences to one of KIPP’s newest regions… KIPP Miami!
Chanika PerryAssistant Principal, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools
|Chanika’s parents knew she would be an educator in the 2nd grade, and she is proud to have proven them right. She joined the KIPP family in 2015 and is currently an Assistant Principal at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (KAC) where over 95% of seniors graduate on-time and ready to matriculate into college. During the 2017-2018 school year, she will assume a greater role in the school’s second year of AP for All implementation to ensure every student has access to advanced coursework before leaving KAC. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, she worked in the New York City Department of Education for 10 years as a middle and high school English teacher, 12th Grade Level Leader, and Co-Principal, Student Life.|
Chanika has a BA in English from her beloved Agnes Scott College, an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and another MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Georgia State University.
Apart from school (and more school), Chanika loves finding a good flight deal, discovering yummy vegetarian restaurants, and reviewing the latest book she read on Goodreads.
Jessica ValerioFounding Assistant Principal, KIPP One Academy, KIPP Chicago
Jessica is the founding Assistant Principal at KIPP OneAcademy in Chicago, Illinois. She previously served as the Assistant Principal at KIPP Create College Prep Middle School in Chicago, Illinois. To prepare to support her school leader in founding Academy this past year, Jessica participated in KIPP Schools Leadership Program Leadership Team 2016 cohort. Prior to leadership, Jessica spent four years in the classroom as a fifth-grade math teacher and a founding kindergarten teacher on Chicago’s West and South sides. In 2014, Jessica served as the fifth-grade level chair and participated in the KIPP Teacher Leader program. That same year, 100% of Jessica’s students met their typical growth goals and 94% met their college-ready growth goals on the NWEA assessment – the highest of any KIPP middle school in the country that year. As a result of these classroom results, Jessica was named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for the KIPP Chicago Network. Throughout her time in education, Jessica has launched Student Government Associations for elementary and middle school students alike; teaching students how to use their knowledge and voices to create change in their school and in their community. Jessica graduated from Columbia College as her class valedictorian with a B.A. in Art History and Arts Management. After graduating, Jessica joined the 2011 Teach for America Chicago corps and received her teaching certificate from Dominican University. Outside of school, Jessica enjoys visiting art museums and cheering for the New England Patriots.
Darby WestDirector of Elementary Literacy, KIPP Northeast Elementary, KIPP Colorado Schools
|Darby West is currently the Dean of Teaching and Learning at KIPP AMP Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past four years, she has had the honor of working with an amazing team of educators, KIPPsters, and families in the Crown Heights community. Since the school’s founding in 2013, Darby has worked with K-3 teachers to implement Wheatley Reading, Eureka Math, Cognitively Guided Instruction, and guided reading curricula.|
She began her career in education in 2006 as a Teach For America corps member in Brooklyn, New York, as a founding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade teacher. Since then, she has been a part of four founding elementary schools across Brooklyn and Chicago. In 2012, Darby served as a Curriculum Specialist at Teach For America’s New York City Institute where she fell in love with coaching teachers to develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to become highly effective educators.
Darby received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her Master in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College at Columbia University. She enjoys running (running marathons when she can), reading and exploring children’s literature, and spending time with her wife, Megan, and their son, Jasper. She believes access to a world-class education should be a basic human right, a promise to all children, and that it is up to all of us to deliver on this promise. This summer, Darby will pack her bags and head west to join the KIPP Colorado Team and Family as the Director of Elementary Literacy.
Miles Family Fellowship Applicant FAQ
Miles Family Fellows work as employees of a specific KIPP school and region as full-time assistant principals or deans during their fellowship year.
The Miles Family Fellowship is a partnership between the Miles Family Fellow, their KIPP region, and the KIPP Foundation.
The Miles Family Fellow reflects on his or her strengths and areas for development to outline an Individualized Leadership Plan and actively utilizes this plan to seize opportunities for growth and feedback.
The KIPP region ensures that the fellow is placed in an appropriate leadership role and receives on-going feedback from the fellow’s school leader.
The KIPP Foundation provides leadership development opportunities through in-person programming throughout the year, individualized leadership coaching, and a site visit.
Miles Family Fellows are not guaranteed an offer for the Fisher Fellowship. Miles Family Fellows must apply to and be selected for the Fisher Fellowship.