Our Team

Our Leadership Team

  • Carissa Godwin, Interim Executive Director 

    Carissa Godwin joined KIPP Delta Public Schools in 2012. Throughout the years, Ms. Godwin has been responsible for improving many region-wide processes such as talent recruitment, fundraising, and performance management. Ms. Godwin now leads initiatives toward the financial sustainability of KIPP Delta and student recruitment. 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. 

  • Scott Shirey, Head of Schools

    Scott Shirey is the founder 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. Passionate about the academics provided to students in the Delta region, Mr. Shirey focuses on the development of teachers and school leaders across the region.

  • Amy Charpentier, Chief Academic Officer

    Amy Charpentier serves as the CAO for KIPP Delta. In her role, Ms. Charpentier 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, teaching 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.

  • Cory Washington, School Director

    Cory Washington graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in psychology. After graduating from college, Mr. Washington joined America Reads Mississippi, an AmeriCorps service program, serving as a literacy interventionist for kindergarten through third-grade students in the Mississippi Delta. Mr. Washington continued to work in the Mississippi Delta as a third-grade teacher and literacy coach. In 2015, Mr. Washington joined the KIPP Delta Public School’s team and family as an assistant principal at KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy. Mr. Washington was a 2016 cohort member of KIPP School Leadership Programs and a 2017 cohort member of the Relay National Principal Academy Fellowship.  Mr. Washington is currently school leader of KIPP Delta College Preparatory School and KIPP Forrest City Preparatory School.

  • Jacquelyn Barnwell, School Director

    Jacquelyn Barnwell is the school leader at KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School. She describes herself as a dynamic educational administrator with demonstrated capabilities in school reform. She is committed to providing students with the best educational experiences possible so they can reach their greatest potential. Ms. Barnwell previously worked as a school administrator for various institutions in South Carolina. From 2013 to 2016, she served as a high school principal for the American Creativity Academy Girls' Campus in Kuwait where she supervised all personnel in a college-preparatory International Baccalaureate institution. Ms. Barnwell joined KIPP Delta as a school director in the winter of 2018.

  • Damien Myers, School Director

    Damien Myers is school leader at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School. Mr. Myers holds bachelor’s degrees in both biology and chemistry from Southeast Missouri State University. Prior to coming to KIPP Delta Collegiate High School, Mr. Myers served as the founding biology teacher at KIPP St. Louis High School and the Science Department chair for KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School. In 2016, he was named KIPP Delta’s Teacher of the Year and was the recipient of the prestigious Alumni Merit Award from Southeast Missouri State University. Today, Mr. Myers’ biggest accomplishments are his wife, Trichina, a native of Helena, and their three children, Yaszmyine, Damien Jr., and August Gabriel. His ultimate life goal is to ensure as many students from underrepresented backgrounds have equal access to STEM careers by supporting them in their respective academic development in the sciences.