Our Team

Our Leadership Team

  • Scott Shirey, Executive Director

    Scott Shirey is the founder and executive director of KIPP Delta Public Schools. Prior to founding KIPP Delta College Preparatory School in 2002, Mr. Shirey completed the KIPP School Leadership Program, which included intensive study at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Mr. Shirey taught for three years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he was a Teach For America corps member. In November 2011, Forbes Magazine listed Mr. Shirey as one of the world’s seven most powerful educators. Mr. Shirey graduated cum laude from Colby College with a B.A. in History.

  • Janelle Renee Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer

    Janelle Jenkins directs regional operations, people management and development, finance and strategic planning. After a successful career in the auto manufacturing and banking industries, Ms. Jenkins transitioned to the public education sector through the prestigious Broad Residency. She most recently served as director, project and change management for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, supporting 168 schools. Ms. Jenkins earned a master of educational leadership from The Broad Center for School System Management, a master of business administration from the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago, and a bachelor of business administration from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. She is passionate about optimizing processes and systems to support employee development, and social and academic outcomes for all children. Ms. Jenkins is a native of Detroit, Michigan.

  • Carissa Godwin, Chief External Affairs Officer

    Carissa Godwin is in her sixth year at KIPP Delta Public Schools. She oversees regional development, marketing, talent recruitment, and communications needs. Prior to joining KIPP, Ms. Godwin held senior development positions at Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation. She has a passion for issues related to social justice, children, and animals. Ms. Godwin has a degree in communications with a public relations emphasis from the University of Central Arkansas.

  • Amy Charpentier, Chief Academic Officer

    Amy Charpentier is in her second year as the CAO for KIPP Delta. In her role, Amy manages the academic team including KIPP Through College, special education, and literacy. Ms. Charpentier came to the Arkansas Delta in 2002 through Teach for America where she taught high school English at a district alternative school for students who struggled behaviorally and academically. Under her leadership, KIPP Delta Through College has established four Arkansas college partnerships that have provided over $4.75 million in direct scholarships to KIPP Delta graduates. Ms. Charpentier holds undergraduate degrees in French and political science from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and an education degree in culture, curriculum, and change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Todd Dixon, School Director

    Todd Dixon graduated magna cum laude from Colby College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in education. After graduation, Mr. Dixon joined Teach For America to work as a teacher in the Arkansas Delta. Mr. Dixon has taught seventh through twelfth grade math, science, and engineering courses over the last eight years. In 2010, Mr. Dixon became an assistant principal at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School and participated in the KIPP School Leadership Program’s Principal Prep training during the summer of 2011.  He served as the school director of KIPP Delta Collegiate High from 2011 to 2015 when he transitioned into the school director role at KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy.

  • Stephanie Bennetts, School Director

    Stephanie Bennetts is originally from Rumford, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in English. After graduation, Stephanie joined Teach For America’s 2007 Mississippi Delta Corps and was placed at KIPP Delta Collegiate as a social studies teacher. For the next three years, Stephanie taught a variety of subjects including English 9, 10, 11 and AP Language. Stephanie served as Assistant Principal at KIPP Delta Collegiate for five years before becoming the School Leader in 2015.



  • Alice Goldsberry, School Director

    Alice Goldsberry currently serves as the School Leader at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she came to the Arkansas Delta by way of Teach for America in 2007. As a classroom teacher, Ms. Goldsberry taught every content area, including 5-8 mathematics. Ms. Goldsberry holds a Masters degree in Public School Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University, and served as an assistant principal in the Helena and Blytheville communities before assuming the School Leader role.



  • Christopher Mayes, School Director

    Christopher Mayes is a public servant with more than a decade of experience in public and charter schools across the southern United States. Mr. Mayes began his career as a 2004 Teach for America corps member in New Orleans. Mr. Mayes also has experience with the Office of Juvenile Justice, supporting the transformation of a prison education program into a fully functioning high school offering college readiness coursework. Mr. Mayes joined the KIPP Delta team at Blytheville Collegiate High after serving two years as the assistant principal of instruction in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Mayes has a dual degree in French and communications from Michigan State University, holds a Master of Education Degree from Concordia University, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program with Concordia University.



  • Patricia Gray, School Director

    Patricia Gray believes that literacy is the first step to societal equity. Patricia, an economics and business graduate of Hendrix College, received a gubernatorial appointment to the Arkansas State Board of Higher Education in 1989, and later joined the Hendrix Board of Trustees. She enjoyed a leadership career with four international companies including AT&T and Nike but followed her passion for educational equity via TNTP's Memphis Teaching Fellows in 2009. Ms. Gray taught Spanish, ESL, and math in Memphis, and served as a Resident Principal and was endorsed via the New Leaders Aspiring Principal's Program. Patricia is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and will serve as the principal for KIPP Forrest City College Preparatory.