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.



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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!

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Tommy Anderson is overjoyed to move back to the great state of Michigan to join the DAA team as a School Social Worker. 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 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, biking, kayaking, camping, trying new food, listening to music, and telling cheesy jokes.

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Charla Davis
Teaching Associate

Charla Davis is thrilled to be joining the Detroit Prep team as a Teaching Associate! 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. 





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Erin Ellis
Art Teacher

Erin Ellis is thrilled to be joining the Detroit Prep team for the 2017-18 school year. This will mark her sixth year of teaching art in Detroit schools. I received a BFA from Wayne State University and later decided to pursue art education, receiving my K-12 Teaching Cerification from the College for Creative Studies. This city continually inspires Erin to serve her community, and she is especially excited to help instill that same inspiration in the children at Detroit Prep. It's clear to see that this school is a very special place and she is eager to see what's ahead for us this year! In addition to teaching art, you are likely to find her reading, drawing, cooking, or riding my bike.

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Jackie Gross
1st Grade Teacher

Jackie Gross is thrilled to be joining the Detroit Prep team for the 2017- 2018 school year 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. For the past five years, she has lived and taught kindergarten in Chicago, 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.

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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.

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Sarah Paone
Founding 2nd Grade Teacher

Sarah Paone 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 taught kindergarten for the past 6 years and is beyond excited for a new teaching adventure in Second Grade! Currently she is working on her Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. When she is not at Detroit Prep you might find her at the gym, browsing books at Barnes&Noble, or spending time with family!






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Jennifer Swanson
1st Grade Teacher

Jennifer Swanson is thrilled to join Detroit Prep for a second year as a teaching fellow after spending the last six months as a classroom assistant here. 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. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. This year, Jennifer is excited to start her journey as a Teach For America corps member and begin working toward 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 second 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.

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Alex Zepeda
Kindergarten Teacher

Alex Zepeda is elated to be joining the Detroit Prep family this upcoming school 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.


Michael A. Hernandez earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Central Michigan University. He has worked in several fields of direct care and counseling. He spent 4 years working with teenage sex offenders in a residential facility and has over 6 years of experience counseling in an inpatient mental health unit. He has spent time working in a children’s emergency shelter for abused and abandoned children and drug addicted babies and mentoring inner city father’s with open CPS cases. Most recently Michael is working as supports coordination with families that have children with developmental disabilities. Michael enjoys playing guitar and spending time with family.


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.


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.

Joe Tate

Joe Tate is a graduate student at the University of Michigan within the Ross School of Business (MBA) and the School of Natural Resources (M.S.). With a focus on environmental and urban policy, Joe has held summer associate and internship positions at the National Park Service, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), and the City of Detroit. Prior to graduate school, Joe served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013 where he conducted deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Joe received his undergraduate degree in public policy studies from Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, he was a three-year starter on their varsity football team and served as team captain his senior year. That opportunity allowed him play two seasons in the National Football League from 2004 to 2006.