We believe that all students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity and aspire to educate more students across the state.
Sehba AliChief Executive Officer
Sehba Ali is the former Superintendent of KIPP Houston Public Schools. In 2004, she founded KIPP Heartwood Academy middle school in San Jose, CA, which has consistently been rated one of the highest-performing middle schools in California. Prior to taking the helm at KIPP Houston, Sehba served as Chief Academic Officer for KIPP Bay Area Schools. She began her career as a middle school English teacher in Houston, Texas with Teach For America. Sehba earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her Masters from Stanford University. She was a Pahara-Aspen fellow and completed the Broad Academy for Superintendents. She currently mentors two KIPP EDs and serves on the Connect Community and The Post Oak School boards.
Daphane CarterChief Academic Officer
Daphane Carter is formerly the Chief Academic Officer for KIPP Houston Public Schools. She worked as a classroom teacher and principal in the Houston Independent School District before joining the KIPP family as Head of Schools for KIPP Houston in 2010. She also serves as a leadership coach for educators throughout the national KIPP network. Daphane received her undergraduate degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Georgia and her MS in Organic Chemistry from Texas A&M University. She also received her MS Ed from the University of Houston at Victoria.
Mark LarsonChief Advancement & External Affairs Officer
Mark Larson is the founder of KIPP San Antonio Public Schools, and served as the region’s CEO from 2008-2018. He was the founding school leader for KIPP San Antonio’s flagship school, KIPP Aspire Academy, which opened in 2003. He was named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list in 2005. Mark currently sits on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and has been a vocal advocate for charter schools and education reform across the city and state. He holds two master’s degrees, in Teaching and School Administration, from Trinity University.
Jaideep HebbarChief Strategy & Financial Officer
Jaideep Hebbar joined KIPP Houston Public Schools as Chief Financial Officer in September 2017. Prior to joining KIPP, Jaideep served as an Investment Principal at the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF). He also spent 10 years at Merrill Lynch and founded North Cove Partners, a private equity firm. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of four companies and one charter school organization. He also taught adult literacy classes in urban Philadelphia, New York City, and Stamford, CT for over 15 years. Jaideep earned a B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and is an Education Pioneers alumnus.
Kris CheungChief Operating Officer
Kris Cheung joins KIPP Texas from Success Academy Charter School in New York, where he was the Chief Operations Officer overseeing operations at the network office and for all 46 schools. Prior to his appointment to Chief Operations Officer in 2015, Kris was a business operations manager, associate director of operations, head of renovations and facilities, and managing director of operations. He was responsible for strategic school expansion, scholar projections, supply chain, procurement, school performance analytics, operating budgets, real estate, facilities, and construction. Kris began his professional career in the hospitality industry, where he held operational leadership roles with Hyatt and Waldorf Astoria. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from California State University, Pomona and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Rutgers University.
Steven EpsteinAustin Regional Superintendent
Steven joined KIPP Austin in 2003 as a middle school math teacher at KIPP Austin College Prep. Since then, he has been privileged to work with KIPP Austin’s students and families as an Assistant Principal, School Leader, and Chief Academic Officer. Steven is a graduate of Duke University, with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He is a 2001 Teach For America Rio Grande Valley alumnus, and has also earned graduate credit and certification in Special Education through Texas State University. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
Dr. Michael HorneDallas-Forth Worth Regional Superintendent
As Superintendent of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, Dr. Michael Horne is responsible for the school district’s overall performance including vision and strategy development for student achievement. He has managed execution of a growth plan that will expand KIPP DFW to 10 schools and 5,000 students by 2021. Prior to his role as Superintendent, Dr. Horne was the Head of Schools for KIPP DFW’s middle schools, and School Leader of KIPP Truth Academy (KIPP DFW’s flagship middle school). He also worked as a classroom teacher in Massachusetts and New York. Dr. Horne earned his BA in sociology from Amherst College in 2002. He also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Horne received a Master’s in Education Policy and Management, and Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dan CaesarHouston Regional Superintendent
Dan Caesar has over 20 years of experience with KIPP; he began in 1997 as a sixth-grade math teacher at KIPP Academy Houston. Dan was a Fisher Fellow in 2000 and founded the second KIPP School in Houston, KIPP 3D Academy, in 2001. Dan led KIPP 3D to become one of the top-rated middle schools in the city. In 2010, Dan became Head of Schools for KIPP Houston, and has since overseen exponential growth. He holds a BA from Tufts University, an MBA from Rice University, and has been selected for the 2017-18 cohort of the Leverage Leadership Institute with the Relay Graduate School of Education.
Mark ShenkerInterim San Antonio Regional Superintendent
Mark Shenker is the Interim Regional Superintendent of KIPP Texas- San Antonio. Mark has 22 years in education, starting as a classroom science teacher in the Houston Independent School District in 1996 and retiring from the district in 2016 as the Assistant Superintendent for School Choice. After just ten months of retirement, Mark joined KIPP Houston Public Schools in 2016 as the Director of Achievement and Assessment. In 2018, Mark became the Director of School Strategy and Impact providing data analysis and coaching for schools in KIPP Texas- Austin and KIPP Texas-DFW. Mark stepped into the interim role in San Antonio while KIPP Texas performs a nationwide search for a regional superintendent for the region. Mark has a BA from Vassar College and a MBA from Rice University.