Founder and Executive Director
Mr. Leeper founded the first Kindezi School in 2010 after working as an APS and homeschool teacher. He served as The Kindezi School at West Lake’s principal for four years before moving into the executive director position. He earned his master’s of education degree from Harvard University’s School of Education. Mr. Leeper’s son will enter kindergarten at a Kindezi school for the 2019-2020 school year.
Chief Academic Officer
Ms. Alter joined The Kindezi Schools in 2016 to lead our work developing teachers and leaders, and our team creating a rich, challenging curriculum for our students. Prior to joining TKS, she worked at the national education non-profit, TNTP and the New York City Department of Education. At the NYCDOE, she held a variety of leadership roles, including as the chief of staff for the the Division of Academics, Performance, and Support that oversaw instruction, accountability, and operational support for NYC’s 1,800 schools. Ms. Alter started her career in education in a Head Start classroom and holds her master’s degree in Public Policy from New York University. Ms. Alter's son will enroll in The Kindezi Schools as soon as he's old enough - in the 2019-2020 school year.
Chief External Relations Officer
Ms. Broderick joined The Kindezi Schools in 2017 and oversees fundraising, marketing, communications, and Board development for the network. Her experience prior to TKS includes consulting and internal roles at Bain & Company and managing external relations and strategy for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. She earned her bachelor's degree from Bates College and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Green has an administrative, accounting and operations background and previously worked at accounting firms and the Irish Consulate. She joined the Kindezi administrative team in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s of arts degree in political science and economics from Prairie View A&M University. Her family is one of the founding families of Kindezi and all three of her children are current students.
Chief Talent Officer
Ms. Robinson joined the Kindezi West Lake team for the 2013-2014 school year as a third grade math and science teacher. She later transitioned recruitment and operations department. Prior to teaching at Kindezi, Ms. Robinson taught in the Metro Atlanta area. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and her MSEd from Georgia Southern University. Ms. Robinson's two children attend Kindezi.
Sr. Director of Educational Support Services
Ms. Farquharson joined Kindezi in 2016. Previously, she worked with the District of Columbia Public Schools as a Program Manager in the Office of Special Education. She managed a team of specialists to support the schools and parents with IEP development, eligibility determination, graduation, location determination, attendance, and truancy. In addition to leadership within the district, she served as Operations Director for an outpatient mental health clinic in Maryland where she built operational systems and procedures to improve service delivery. Ms. Farquharson received her undergraduate degree in History/Secondary Education from Columbia Union College, and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.
Sr. Director of Finance
Mr. Waddell joined the Kindezi in 2017. He has a background in operations management and strategy and previously worked at McMaster-Carr and OnePath. Mr. Waddell holds an undergraduate degree in History from Davidson College and received an MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School. He has three daughters, and the oldest is a current student at Kindezi Old Fourth Ward.
Sr. Director of Culture & Socio-Emotional Learning
Ms. Williams-Cooper joined Kindezi in the 2015-2016 school year as a founding kindergarten math and science teacher at Kindezi Old Fourth Ward. Additionally, she served as the Kindergarten Chairperson, Gardening Coordinator, and assisted in writing curriculum. In 2016, Ms. Williams-Cooper became the Assistant Principal overseeing grades K-1. Prior to Kindezi, Ms. William-Cooper taught in the City Schools of Decatur for six years. She received her bachelor's degree in Leadership and Administration from Beulah Heights University.