Ms. Shanae Staples, School Leader
Ms. Shanae Staples has served in the urban education sector for seven years in instructional leadership, curriculum and instruction, adult leadership and coaching, operations management, and data analysis capacities. Ms. Staples received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Master's Degree from Columbia University in Education Leadership. Ms. Staples began her education career as a 1st grade teacher in Atlanta Public Schools before transitioning into an instructional coaching role, supporting teachers in grades K-12. Ms. Staples has also directed school, resident, and dining operations for both Teach For America - Chicago and Teach For America - Metro Atlanta Summier Institutes. Most recently, Ms. Staples served as the assistant principal of Enlace Academy on Indy's West side. Ms. Staples is passionate about providing high quality education and opportunities and culturally conscious instruction to students in high need communities. She is also dedicated to developing teachers' knowledge and skill level in meeting the diverse needs of urban students.
Mr. Andrew Karr, Assistant Principal
Mr. Karr is a proud lifelong resident of Indianapolis, IN. . For much of his life, he has called East Indianapolis home and is proud to serve the community. Mr. Karr completed his undergraduate studies at Marian University and received his graduate degree from Capella University. He is a husband and a father to 4 wonderful boys. Mr. Karr is honored and extremely grateful to be apart of the Kindezi Academy family, and looks forward to making an impact.
Mr. Clete Ladd, Dean of Culture
Mr. Clete Ladd is a Martin University alum, earning his B.A. and M.A. there. After graduating from Martin, Mr. Ladd continued his education at Indiana University - Bloomington, completing the teacher certification program and earning his grades 5 through 12 English teacher's license. He completed studies at Oakland City University where he earned his school building administrator's license. Clete is a pioneer in leading boys to men through his Rites of Passage program. Ever the visionary, Clete was a leader and innovator of the alternative school movement during the 1990s and early 2000s. He continued to demonstrate educational leadership as a charter school teacher and administrator. Clete has been an adjunct professor for the Community of Teachers program for Indiana University, Bloomington and at IUPUI. He has also served as faculty supervisor for student teachers and Advanced Associate Professor of Humanities for the University of Phoenix, Indianapolis campus, where he was celebrated as the 2014 Faculty of the Year. Clete is currently working on his doctorate in higher education administration.