Staff Directory

Katie Gilleland


Katie is a Dallas native and earned her degree in education from the University of North Texas and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Abilene Christian University. In 2006, she taught in Denton Independent School District as a substitute teacher, and then taught in Irving Independent School District for five years, looping with her many of her students through first grade, second grade, and then fourth grade. Katie also helped design Irving ISD’s district-wide math curriculum and served as one of their district-wide balanced literacy trainers. In 2012, she joined KIPP DFW to be the sixth grade World Humanities teacher at KIPP TRUTH Academy and grade level chair. A year later, she transitioned to KIPP Destiny Elementary to lead the founding kindergarten team as grade level chair in the fall and as assistant principal in January 2014. Katie Gilleland stepped in as successor leader for KIPP Destiny Elementary in February 2015 and is excited to continue to help our flagship elementary school fulfill its destiny for every KIPPster to and through college.


Tori Lee

Assistant Principal of Lower School

Tori Lee joined KDE in 2013 as a founding Kindergarten teacher, and will continue to serve in her second year in the role of Lower School Assistant Principal in 2016-2017. Previously, Tori was a Teach for America Corps member in Metro Atlanta, where she taught Pre-Kindergarten for two years. Tori received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of North Texas and her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Georgia State University. She is excited to return to her hometown of Dallas and her Oak Cliff community to be part of a team working to ensure that all students have a world-class education!


Jamie Cameron

Assistant Principal of Upper School

Jamie Cameron joined KIPP Destiny as a Kindergarten lead in 2014. He graduated from the University of Southampton in England with a degree in English and joined Teach for America in 2011 as a founding teacher at two K-5 schools in Detroit. He was brought to KIPP through a desire to be part of a shared educational vision for students in DFW. His hope for the school year is to place his own students on and support others in impacting the trajectories of all KIPPsters in DFW. He recently graduated with his Masters degree in educational leadership from Southern Methodist University, and will continue into his second year as the Upper School Assistant Principal.


Alicia Thomas

Director of Campus Operations

Alicia Thomas is from Hughes, Arkansas and is very proud to have been raised in a small town. She attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where she earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Alicia earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and taught Career and Technical Education for 4 years in her hometown. When Alicia moved to Dallas in 2011, she began teaching Career and Technical Education at a charter school for 2 years before transitioning into administration. Alicia joined KIPP DFW in 2015 as KIPP Destiny’s Director of Campus Operations. She enjoys working behind the scenes to ensure that students and staff have what they need to ensure that there is great teaching and learning happening at KIPP Destiny on a daily basis. Alicia truly enjoys being a soccer mom for her 2 sons, Nicholas and Brenton (Dooda Bug), eating crushed ice, and listening to music.


KIPP Destiny Elementary 2016-2017 Staff Directory

Name Role Email Address
Katie Gilleland Principal
Tori Lee Lower School AP
Jamie Cameron Upper School AP
Siamara Williams Counselor
Alicia Thomas Director of Campus Operations
Brittany O'Donnell School Operations Manager
Michael Graciano School Operations Associate
Joy Thrall Literacy Specialist
Anupama Singh Interventionist (Special Education)
Charla Ferrell Interventionist (RTI/504)
Michael Cox 2nd & 3rd Grade Intervention Specialist
Shan Ward Music Specialist & Specials Department Lead
Lori Lee Science Lab Specialist
Rachel Stotts Kindergarten Co-GCL & Lead Teacher
Vertecia Shoto Kindergarten Co-GCL & Lead Teacher
Katie Walker Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Shanjula Harris Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Lindsey Wells Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Jazmin Perez Kindergarten Co-Teacher
Evan Sims Kindergarten Co-Teacher
Ladaisha Davis Kindergarten Co-Teacher
Alex Mora Kindergarten Co-Teacher
Ericka Robinson Kindergarten Co-Teacher
Kristina Hargreaves    1st Grade GLC & Lead Teacher
Tijera MArshall 1st Grade Lead Teacher
Kelley Perkins 1st Grade Lead Teacher
Kelsey Baxter 1st Grade Lead Teacher
Laurel Andrews 1st Grade Lead Teacher
Aleshia McMorris 1st Grade Co-Teacher
Jolie Gobert 1st Grade Co-Teacher
Marshall Armstrong 1st Grade Co-Teacher
Basia Anders 1st Grade Co-Teacher
Daria Mangal 1st Grade Co-Teacher
Aleisha Dolls 2nd Grade GLC & Lead Teacher
Ashley Fuller 2nd Grade Lead Teacher
Veronica Jones 2nd Grade Lead Teacher
Michelle Hernandez 2nd Grade Lead Teacher
Elizabeth Jones 3rd Grade GLC & Lead Teacher
Derrick Hicks 3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Caren Ishmael 3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Aileena Harman 3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Jasmine Hall 3rd Grade Intervention Teacher
Miesha Lewis Mi Escuelita Site Coordinator
Denise Cross Pre-K Grade Level Chair
Tiffany Winns Pre-K Lead Teacher
Laurencia Hernandez     Pre-K Lead Teacher
Wendy Negron Pre-K Co-Teacher
Janet Hernandez Pre-K Co-Teacher
Marithza Padilla Pre-K Co-Teacher


5th Grade Humanities


5th Grade Math


5th Grade Math 


5th Grade Science


5th Grade ELA


5th Grade ELA


6th Grade ELA


6th Grade ELA


6th Grade Math


6th Grade Math


6th Grade Humanities


6th Grade Science


7th/8th  Grade ELA


7th Grade Character


7th Grade ELA


7th Grade Math


7th Grade Science


8th Grade ELA


8th Grade Algebra


Math Interventionist


8th grade Science


8th Grade History


Assistant Principal


Literacy Coach


Assistant Principal



Assistant Principal


School Leader