Graig Weiss, Chief Executive Officer
Graig Weiss joined Foundation Academy Charter School in 2009 as the Middle School Principal. After serving in that role for several years and leading the expansion of the lower grades, Mr. Weiss became the Chief Executive Officer in 2014.
Prior to joining Foundation, Mr. Weiss served as the Founding Middle and High School Principal at Cap Cana Heritage School, an English immersion private school in the Dominican Republic. A 2003 Teach for America corps member, Mr. Weiss taught Math and Science in the Bronx and the Dominican Republic prior to becoming an administrator and was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007. Prior to entering the education field, Mr. Weiss worked in the financial services sector with Cambridge Associates, LLC in Boston, MA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Scranton.
Jonathan Hofmann, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Hofmann joined Foundation Academy Charter School in July 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Foundation Academy, Mr. Hofmann most recently worked at Success Academy Charter Schools as a Manager of Talent, managing the staffing of school-based leadership roles across the network. A 2013 Teach for America corps member, Mr. Hofmann taught Literacy and Science in the Arkansas Delta at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School. After completing his TFA corps commitment, he served as the founding Dean of Students and Head of School Operations at EAGLE College Prep in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Hofmann is a West Windsor, NJ native and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.
Christopher Lessard, School Business Administrator
Mr. Lessard joined the Foundation team in 2009 as School Business Administrator. He currently also serves as the School Business Administrator at the Frankford Township Board of Education, the Freedom Prep Charter School, and the Queen City Academy Charter School. Previously he has served as School Business Administrator to several other New Jersey charter schools. Mr. Lessard continues to serve as Treasurer of School Monies and administrative consultant with multiple established and prospective charter schools throughout New Jersey. He is a graduate of Bentley University where he received his B.S. in Business Management.
Tara Pepe, Senior Director of Finance
Mrs. Pepe joined Foundation Academy Charter School when it opened in 2007. Having served in a variety of roles during the first few years of the School, Mrs. Pepe has now been leading the finance and enrollment teams for several years. Under her leadership, the School has secured nine consecutive perfect audits with no findings or recommendations. Prior to joining Foundation, Mrs. Pepe worked as an In-home Therapist for the Community YMCA in Ocean County, New Jersey. Prior to that, she served as the School Social Worker at Trenton Community Charter School. Ms. Pepe graduated with Highest Honors with a B.A. in Social Work from Muhlenberg College, and she earned her Master’s in Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sheria McRae, Chief Academic Officer & Interim Middle School Principal
Mrs. McRae joined Foundation Academy Charter School in 2010 as a 6th-and 7th-Grade English Teacher. After serving as a teacher and then Dean of Instruction for three years, Mrs. McRae became the Middle School Principal in 2013 as a part of the organization’s expansion project. In 2017, Mrs. McRae went on to become Foundation’s Chief Academic Officer, with a focus on Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction. Prior to joining Foundation, Mrs. McRae was a Teach for America Corps member in Newark, New Jersey where she taught 3rd-, 5th-, and 6th-grade English four years. Mrs. McRae holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Montclair State University, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University.
Melissa Campbell, High School Principal
Ms. Campbell joined Foundation Academy Charter School in July 2018 as the Middle School Principal. Prior to joining Foundation Academy Charter School, Ms. Campbell worked at Young Scholars Charter School in Philadelphia for fourteen years as a teacher, instructional dean, and then as principal. Under Ms. Campbell’s leadership, Young Scholars Charter School was Philadelphia’s “highest-performing charter middle school serving students in high poverty.” Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education & Biology from Rider University, a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College, and earned her Principal certification with the RELAY Graduate School of Education.
Nicholas Courtney, Intermediate School Principal
Mr. Courtney joined Foundation Academy Charter School in 2014 as an Intermediate and Middle School Instructional Dean. After spending two years serving as a Dean, Mr. Courtney became the Intermediate School Principal in 2016. Prior to joining Foundation, Mr. Courtney worked as a Manager for Teacher Leadership Development for Teach for America in Philadelphia served as a United States Fulbright Scholar in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and taught High School Physics for two years in Kona, Hawaii. Mr. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College in Boston, MA, a Master's in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Master's in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.
Natasia Shuford, Primary School Principal
Ms. Shuford joined Foundation Academy Charter School in 2016. Prior to joining Foundation, Ms. Shuford was an Assistant Principal of Instruction at Mastery Charter School. In 2014, she served as the Assistant Principal of Student Support at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School. Ms. Shuford was a 2003 Teach for America Corps member in Baltimore, Maryland where she taught 5th and 6th grade for four years. She continued to teach for an additional six years before moving into administration. Ms. Shuford holds a Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Shuford received her Principal Certification through Philly PLUS (Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools).
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Allan Kehrt, Board President
As one of the founding partners of KSS Architects, Allan has crafted KSS into a place where architectural dialogue thrives, young architects grow and learn, and serious design work is accomplished. As an emeritus partner, he continues to consult with the firm's partners and carry on the tradition of design excellence he helped established with fellow founding partner Michael Shatken, AIA, LEED AP. Working in close collaboration with his fellow partners he explores design issues that reinforce his client's values and aspirations and uses those explorations as the basis for design solutions. For Allan, the process of turning a blank sheet of paper and ideas into an enormous and tangible entity is extremely rewarding. Under Allan's leadership, KSS has accumulated more than 80 design awards.
In his role as emeritus partner, Allan acts as a resource and trusted adviser to the firm. Having established an atmosphere and process of collaborative design at the office, he continues in this tradition by involvement in critique, which is integral to the process of design at KSS. Allan was named a Fellow to the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and actively participates in the education of others in design. He currently serves as Adjunct Faculty for the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Allan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.