Staff Directory

Dexter Chaney, KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary Co-School Leader

Dexter A. Chaney II is a life-long learner and has been a passionate educator for 11 years. He has served in various communities in Houston, Chicago, and Dallas. Dexter has been an elementary teacher, assistant principal at traditional public schools and charter schools, and in the fall of 2016, will serve as KIPP DFW’s co-founding school leader of KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary. Dexter has always pushed his students to be champions inside and outside of the classroom. For three consecutive years in Houston, 100% of “Mr. Chaney’s Champions” passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in reading and math. Before his arrival in Chicago, only 37% of the 3rd graders at his school were meeting or exceeding grade level requirements for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test. Under Dexter’s guidance, 90% of third graders performed at or above grade level for three consecutive years. Dexter graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and received a Master of Arts from Concordia University Chicago in School Leadership. Dexter is a Milken Educator Award recipient from Illinois, served as a Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the United States Department of Education, and is a recipient of the Miles Family Fellowship.

Mimi Hutchison, KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary Assistant Principal

After working in journalism and getting her masters abroad, Mimi Abebe Hutchison began her fulfilling career in education when she moved to Dallas in 2010. Since her relocation to Dallas, Mimi has served in high-need schools across the DFW metroplex and volunteered with several community organizations. Mimi has been a kindergarten, first grade, and third grade teacher in local charter and public schools and also helped develop the kindergarten math curriculum for all teachers in her previous district. Mimi has an English and news-editorial degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and masters in human rights and international politics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. In fall 2016, she will serves as KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary assistant principal. She is excited to be a member of the Pleasant Grove Primary founding team and further promote the KIPP mission in Dallas. Outside of school, Mimi enjoys writing, gardening, and traveling with her husband.

Teri Ijeoma, Founding Director of Operations

Teri brings to us expertise in operations, logistics, and people management having run the volunteer department of By The Hand Club for the past four years. In that role, Teri was responsible for recruitment, processing, training, and retaining of over 500 volunteers a week for five after-school locations. Previously Teri ran logistics for Teach For America's national team. There she managed hiring processes, implemented conference logistics, oversaw the budget and operated 12 summer schools. Before that, she was a business strategy consultant for Monitor Group. Teri holds a bachelor’s in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently attending Dallas Theological Seminary for an MA in media and communications.


KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary 2016-2017 Staff Directory

Name Role Email Address
Dexter Chaney II   Principal
Mimi Hutchison Assistant Principal
Tasha Ginn Head of Schools
Teri Ijeoma Director of Campus Operations
Brenda Diaz School Operations Manager
Jacqueline Arellano    Coordinator of Pre-K
La'Toya Wade Social Worker
Faith Manning Music Teacher
Linda Thomas Special Education Teacher
Roxann Raney PE Teacher
Shatorial Miller Kindergarten Teacher
Kimberly Cotton Kindergarten Teacher
Jamie Anderson Kindergarten Teacher
Tenivia Threet Kindergarten Teacher
Rediate Kebede Kindergarten Teacher
Ashley Girod 1st Grade Teacher
Latasha Henry 1st Grade Teacher
Damoniece Lowe 1st Grade Teacher
Anthony Lee Fellow
Areli Duenas Fellow
Tyra Cannon Fellow
Adam Williams Fellow
Ann Rodriguez Fellow
Shayaria Richardson Pre-K Lead Teacher
Zaray Morales Pre-K Lead Teacher
Elsi Ortiz Pre-K Lead Teacher
Diana Huerta Pre-K Team Teacher
Maria Saenz Pre-K Team Teacher
Diana Suniga Pre-K Team Teacher
Brenda Wilson Cafeteria
Tammy Jordan Cafeteria
Angel Vallejo Custodian


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