Detroit Prep exists to provide a world-class, equitable education that will give all students a foundation of academic excellence and character development while fostering a love of learning and passion for exploring and fulfilling their extraordinary potential as learners, leaders, and world-changers.

Detroit Prep’s work will be urgent and will focus on holistically educating each student. Our work will be guided by these four principles:

  • Our work is active. We learn by doing and getting our hands dirty. Students are scientists, urban planners, historians, and activists, investigating real community problems and collaborating with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions. Adults are active guides of student learning and active members of their professional learning community.

  • Our work is inclusive and equitable. Students and adults celebrate the diverse backgrounds of their peers. School leaders work to recruit and attract a population of families and faculty that represents different socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Our work is excellent. Students at all levels are pushed and supported to do more than they think they can. Excellence is expected in the quality of their work and thinking. School leaders, teachers, students, and families share rigorous expectations for quality work, achievement, and behavior.

  • Our work is reflective. Students and adults reflect as they triumph and as they stumble. Students and adults offer direct and sensitive feedback to their peers. Trust, respect, responsibility, and joy in learning permeate the school culture.




Jen McMillan
co-founder & Head of School

Jen McMillan is honored to be the Head of School, alongside the best team ever! As second grade teacher at Detroit Achievement Academy, our flagship school, Jen led her students to 2.22 years in reading and the 99th percentile for growth nationally in both reading and math. Jen was named Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year in 2015. Born and raised in metro-Detroit, Jen spent seven years in the San Francisco Bay Area teaching high school and middle school, and working in teacher support and development with Teach For America and The New Teacher Project. She earned her BA in Psychology from Harvard University in Massachusetts and her Masters in Education from Alliant International University in San Francisco. Jen loves the environment of constant learning at DP (for kids and adults!), nurtured by our partnership with EL Education--being with our crew brings so much JOY! In her free time, Jen likes running, reading, doing yoga, eating ice cream, and drinking lots of coffee. You can often find her doing all of these things with her husband while snuggling her two baby boys!



Tommy Anderson is overjoyed to be back in the great state of Michigan and be a part of the DAA and DP team as a School Social Worker for his second year. For over a decade, Tommy has worked with youth in various settings - teaching preschool, leading mentoring programs, running a kayak camp, teaching English as a foreign language in Peru, and most recently, leading social work services at a therapeutic day school in Chicago. Tommy holds a Bachelors in Social Work from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan. Tommy hopes to use his experience and skills to empower all DAA and DP students to be their best selves, both inside and outside the classroom. When he isn't working, Tommy enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter (and soon to be new baby son), biking, kayaking, camping, trying new food, listening to music, and telling cheesy jokes.


AbbEy Bradley
2nd Grade teacher

Abbey Bradley is thrilled to be joining the Detroit Prep team for the 2018-19 school year.


Lauren Burkhard-Ortega
3rd Grade Teacher

Lauren is thrilled to be joining the Detroit Prep team for the 2018-19 school year.


Jillian Clapp
Art Teacher

Jillian Clapp is thrilled to be joining the Detroit Prep team for the 2018-19 school year.


Charla Davis
Operations Manager

Charla Davis is thrilled to be a part of the Detroit Prep team for a second year! She graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA in Studio Art and double minored in Art History and Philosophy. After graduating, she found herself tutoring and mentoring elementary students in Detroit as an AmeriCorps Member and has been in love with the city ever since. Charla has worked within a myriad of settings to encourage and educate young people both academically and in the arts, and is excited to continue doing so at DP. In her free time she enjoys writing, drawing, telling corny jokes, and singing with her friends and family. 


Jackie Gross
1st Grade Teacher

Jackie Gross is thrilled to be a part of the Detroit Prep team for the 2nd year in a row as a first grade teacher! She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts, and her Master’s Degree in Urban Education from National Louis University in Illinois. Prior to working at Detroit Prep, she lived and taught kindergarten in Chicago for five years, but is thrilled to be back home in Detroit! Outside of school, Jackie loves to read, spend time outdoors with her friends and family, and travel with her husband.



Kristin Hurley
Social Worker

Kristin Hurley is thrilled to join Detroit Prep as the School Social Worker. She was born and raised in New York City and is now happy to call Detroit home. Kristin completed a BA in Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Richmond. Following her Undergraduate career, she lived in Washington, D.C. where she was a college admissions representative. She then transitioned to working with underserved high school students as a college guidance counselor. Kristin found deeper meaning in work that addressed the social and emotional needs of students. She decided to relocate to Detroit where she earned a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University. Kristin hopes to use her knowledge and experience to further Detroit Prep’s mission to help students meet their full potential as positive contributors to society. When she is not at Detroit Prep, you can find Kristin riding her bike, playing trivia, on the soccer field. She also enjoys singing and silly dance moves.

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Pam lamer
Special education teacher

Pam LaMer is super excited to be a part of DP and DAA team! This year will mark her second year of teaching special education. Pam received her MSc in Education in Learning, Technology and Society at the University of Bristol, England in 2017. She also received her BA in Special, Elementary and Integrated Science Education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2016. Pam was born and raised in Brazil and speaks Portuguese and Spanish. She is passionate about women's rights and loves to advocate for her students. In her spare time Pam likes to play with her puppy, travel, spend time with family and friends, drink lots of tea and coffee, play music, and eat tacos.

Bobby Marble
Facility Manager

Bobby Marble was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of Northeastern High School. He attended Wayne State University. Bobby is a certified maintenance technician. Bobby is an expert on the grill and in his spare time he enjoys watching movies. Bobby is also incredible smart, kind, and happens to be everyone's favorite person at Detroit Prep. Bobby Marble was Detroit Prep's first ever Light Leader, which is the highest honor you can earn at Detroit Prep.


Sarah Paone
2nd Grade Teacher

Sarah is one of Detroit Prep's founding teachers. She earned her BS in Elementary Education in 2011 from Central Michigan University. She majored in English Language Arts and double minored in Child Development and Elementary Education. She has her Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. She has taught in kindergarten - 2nd grade classrooms for eight years. She is also a member of the Leadership Team. Sarah is excited to motivate students to become engaged and excited about their learning experience. We are so lucky to have her at Detroit Prep!

Jennifer Swanson
1st Grade Teacher

Jennifer Swanson is thrilled to be a part of the Detroit Prep crew for a third year as a 1st grade teacher. She loves the fast-paced environment at Detroit Prep, the Expeditionary Learning model and, of course, our amazing students and families! She has worked in a variety of school settings as an assistant in Pre-kindergarten classrooms and as a middle school teaching fellow at Uncommon Schools in New York City and Breakthrough Collaborative in Pittsburgh, and was Detroit Prep’s classroom assistant during our first year. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. Jennifer is excited to continue her journey as a Teach For America corps member and working towards her certification in Elementary Education through the University of Michigan. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, hiking, and improv.


Shelly Tremaglio
Founding Kindergarten Teacher

Shelly Tremaglio is excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Detroit Prep for a third year. Shelly received her Bachelors degree from Cornell University in History and French. She originally anticipated becoming a librarian but changed course after her undergraduate studies and decided to become a teacher. Shelly has her Masters Degree in Educational Studies with a concentration in Urban Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. She has been living and teaching in Detroit for the past four years. In her spare time, Shelly enjoys exploring the city, adult coloring books and endurance sports; she has completed two marathons and multiple triathlons.




Alex Zepeda
Kindergarten Teacher

Alex Zepeda is elated to be a part of the Detroit Prep family for her second year as a kindergarten teacher. She was born to military parents in Okinawa, Japan and spent a good portion of her early childhood moving around the United States. Her family settled in Tacoma, Washington where she attended the University of Washington and received a Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Family Studies. In 2015, Alex moved to Michigan to teach in Detroit and has been teaching kindergarten with a focus on cultural responsiveness and empathy for the past 2 years. Alex enjoys creating, music, and traveling in her free time and truly encompasses these loves in her teaching through exposing her students to new cultures and backgrounds through art, music, and literacy.

Our Board


Lewis Butler earned his BS in Economics from Hillsdale College, and his MA in Economics from George Mason University while working at the Mercatus Center, a DC based think tank. While there he worked on various topics, including, small business access to capital, midnight regulations, and governmental transparency. He has done political consulting and is currently teaching economics at Hillsdale College. Outside of economics, he enjoys running, tamales, and consumer technology.


Jared Stasik is Vice President at Detroit Venture Partners, an investment firm focused on growing high-tech startup companies in Detroit. Prior to DVP, Jared spent five years as a consultant at ZS Associates, a leading global consulting firm in sales and marketing strategy. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, graduating with high honors and receiving the distinction of Most Outstanding Graduate Instructor.  He completed his Bachelor’s degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.


Sarah Beaubien graduated magna cum laude from Siena Heights University with a BA in English Communications, and earned her law degree by graduating cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law. After completing law school, Sarah was admitted to the bar in Ohio and Michigan. Sarah is currently an associate and Rohrbachers, Cron, Manahan, Trimble & Zimmerman Co. L.P.A. in Toledo, Ohio, where she focuses her practice on civil defense and business litigation matters. In her spare time, she is the varsity softball coach at St. Mary Catholic Central in Monroe, Michigan, and is active in the Toledo Bar Association.


Gregory DeMars, CFA is the Chief Financial Officer of PrizeLogic, a digital partner for results-driven incentivized consumer engagement programs located in Southfield. Prior to PrizeLogic, Greg was the Senior Vice President of Finance of Credibly, an emerging FinTech small business lender located in Troy. He earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a BS from the University of Dayton.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Meghan Moynihan is currently pursuing her doctorate in nutritional science from University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Meghan managed the expansion of federal child nutrition programs with Hunger Free Colorado in Denver. She also volunteered with Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston’s office where education reform was top priority. While food access is Meghan’s passion, her experience as a teacher in California with Teach for America grounds her to the power of education. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and enjoys cheese, camping, and attempting to play guitar.

Lenora hanks

Lenora Hanks was born and raised in the Detroit area and attended the University of Michigan, earning degrees in French and Political Science. She went on to an 11 year career in Democratic politics, working on both of President Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, and helping to lead Hillary Clinton's 2016 primary campaign as as an early staffer in Iowa. Following the 2016 campaign, she became the COO and Finance Director of Serve America PAC, a political organization that helped recruit leaders with national service and military backgrounds to run for office in 2018, and supported their campaigns strategically and financially. She recently left politics to join her family business - The Associated Management Company, which was founded by her grandfather on the East Side of Detroit in 1970 with a goal of providing quality affordable housing to the people of Metro Detroit. Aside from politics and real estate, Lenora is passionate about 90's hip hop and R&B and every dog she's ever encountered.