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Personal, world-class education at home

Personal, world-class education at home

Our Story

In August of 2019, two friends met for a drink, and decided that they wanted to find new and better ways to inspire children’s imaginations. They wanted to reconnect kids to the magic of the Black community that had supported them along their journeys, the community that made them feel like anything was possible. Out of that conversation, Reconstruction, Inc was born.

Science tells us that beliefs and identity are strongly shaped by schooling. With this in mind, many ethnic groups around the world have founded organizations for the purpose of their identity development. However, traditional curriculum situates people of the African Diaspora in a minimally positive -- and many times negative -- light. As a result, generations of Black students have felt disengaged, misunderstood, and unsafe.

Reconstruction was created to show our kids that they are descendants of powerful, creative, and resilient ancestors whose contributions permeate every aspect of life across the globe; and that they too are called to contribute to this rich legacy. It's the way we were taught as children. It's the way we teach our children.

Join us.

#fortheculture, The Reconstruction Crew

Our People

Reconstruction was created by a dream team of artists, mathematicians, literature geeks, entrepreneurs, illustrators, and others. All of us share one goal: empowering students and their communities through an authentic education.

Leadership

Putting our people at the center of every decision

Kaya Henderson

Kaya Henderson

Founder & CEO

Kaya Henderson

Founder & CEO, Former Chancellor, DC Public Schools, and Head of Global Learning Lab, Teach for All

Kenya Bradshaw

Kenya Bradshaw

Chief Program Officer

Kenya Bradshaw

Chief Program Officer

Roland Fryer

Roland Fryer

Founder & Executive Chairman

Roland Fryer

Founder and Executive Chairman, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada

Education Advisor

Geoffrey Canada

Education Advisor, President of Harlem Children's Zone

Bill Helman

Bill Helman

Board Member

Bill Helman

Board Member, Former Managing Partner, Greylock Partners

Curriculum

Topics you should learn

Rachel Etienne

Rachel Etienne

Education Lead

Rachel Etienne

Education Lead

Erica Buddington

Erica Buddington

Reconstruction Reading and Spoken Word Lead

Erica Buddington

Reconstruction Reading and Spoken Word Lead

Tamyra Walker

Tamyra Walker

Mathematics Lead

Tamyra Walker

Mathematics Lead

Quintin Bostic

Quintin Bostic

Foundational Reading - Kindergarten

Quintin Bostic

Foundational Reading - Kindergarten

Adrianne Sublett

Adrianne Sublett

Foundational Reading - Grade 2

Adrianne Sublett

Foundational Reading - Grade 2

Dr. Melissa Collins

Dr. Melissa Collins

Mathematics - Grade 2

Dr. Melissa Collins

Mathematics - Grade 2

Diamond Skinner

Diamond Skinner

Spoken Word - Grade 4-5

Diamond Skinner

Spoken Word - Grade 4-5

Erika Hardaway

Erika Hardaway

Reconstruction Reading - Grade 6-8

Erika Hardaway

Reconstruction Reading - Grade 6-8

Alexis Barnes

Alexis Barnes

Reconstruction Reading - Grade 4-5

Alexis Barnes

Reconstruction Reading - Grade 4-5

Anais Childress

Anais Childress

Pre-AP World History & Geography

Anais Childress

Pre-AP World History & Geography

Anthony Bowden

Anthony Bowden

Reconstruction Reading - Grade K-1

Anthony Bowden

Reconstruction Reading - Grade K-1

Saamra Mekuria - Grillo

Saamra Mekuria - Grillo

Deep Thinking - Entrepreneurship

Saamra Mekuria - Grillo

Deep Thinking - Entrepreneurship

Yvette Manns

Yvette Manns

Foundational Reading - Grade 1

Yvette Manns

Foundational Reading - Grade 1

Brian Pick

Brian Pick

Curriculum Advisor

Brian Pick

Curriculum Advisor, Former Chief of Teaching and Learning DCPS

Instruction

Instructors who get it

Ana Avalos

Ana Avalos

Reconstructor

Ana Avalos

Reconstructor

Bria Gamble

Bria Gamble

Reconstructor

Bria Gamble

Reconstructor

Shahara Benson

Shahara Benson

Reconstructor

Shahara Benson

Reconstructor

Jeannine Dizon

Jeannine Dizon

Reconstructor

Jeannine Dizon

Reconstructor

Elizabeth Bolarinwa

Elizabeth Bolarinwa

Reconstructor

Elizabeth Bolarinwa

Reconstructor

Mariama Jones

Mariama Jones

Reconstructor

Mariama Jones

Reconstructor

Abeera Saeed

Abeera Saeed

Reconstructor

Abeera Saeed

Reconstructor

Christian Pridgen

Christian Pridgen

Reconstructor

Christian Pridgen

Reconstructor

Neva Taylor

Neva Taylor

Reconstructor

Neva Taylor

Reconstructor

Nia Warren

Nia Warren

Reconstructor

Nia Warren

Reconstructor

Cristen Williams

Cristen Williams

Reconstructor

Cristen Williams

Reconstructor

Ryan Bartee

Ryan Bartee

Reconstructor

Ryan Bartee

Reconstructor

Caroline Galo

Caroline Galo

Reconstructor

Caroline Galo

Reconstructor

Shirmeca Littlejohn

Shirmeca Littlejohn

Reconstructor

Shirmeca Littlejohn

Reconstructor

Apoorva Bommareddy

Apoorva Bommareddy

Reconstructor

Apoorva Bommareddy

Reconstructor

Fatoumata Barry

Fatoumata Barry

Reconstructor

Fatoumata Barry

Reconstructor

Operations

It's all about the customer experience

Tanaya Devi

Tanaya Devi

Major Projects Lead

Tanaya Devi

Major Projects Lead

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

Instructor Recruitment Lead

Tim Johnson

Instructor Recruitment Lead

Christina Heitz

Christina Heitz

Product Advisor

Christina Heitz

Product Advisor

Nina Conley

Nina Conley

Instructor Trainer

Nina Conley

Instructor Trainer

Rosy Marquez

Rosy Marquez

Instructor Recruitment Manager

Rosy Marquez

Instructor Recruitment Manager

Stacia Smith

Stacia Smith

Marketing and Communications Manager

Stacia Smith

Marketing and Communications Manager

Eryn Mounticure

Eryn Mounticure

Chief of Staff to the CEO

Eryn Mounticure

Chief of Staff to the CEO

John Lawrence Ott

John Lawrence Ott

Customer Success Manager

John Lawrence Ott

Customer Success Manager

Garfield Hylton

Garfield Hylton

Content Writer

Garfield Hylton

Content Writer

Digital Assistant

Digital Assistant

Digital Assistant

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