Academic Team

Kyle Anderson, director of systems development

Kyle Anderson

Kyle has been leading the development and implementation of systems at all levels of Open Sky Education since 2011. His primary focus is to ensure that the organization operates at the intersection of effective and efficient and is prepared for growth. In his time with Open Sky, he has coordinated the design and implementation of our academic model, streamlined technology infrastructure, and improved data management and reporting.

Kyle’s background includes a combination of education and business experience. Previously, he led inventory management, process improvement, and purchasing at a Waukesha, WI-based manufacturing company. Prior to his work in the private sector, Kyle served as a Program Director with Teach For America New York City, managing and training elementary teachers in grades PreK – 2. He began his teaching career as a TFA NYC ’04 corps member where he taught 3rd grade at PS 79 in the Bronx.

Kyle received his master of science degree in education from Pace University and a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Minnesota.

Lisa Fantasia, M.Ed., director of teaching and learning, Arizona region, and national principal director

Lisa

Lisa is passionate about education and literacy and focused on utilizing best practices to inspire students to be problem solvers. She attended the University of Arizona were she majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After an early experience working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders, she quickly returned to school to complete a M.ED. in Special Education at Grand Canyon University. She has dedicated her career to working with students that have learning differences. She has worked with students from kindergarten to high school in self-contained settings, alternative schools, private day placements, Title One schools, and with ELL learners.

In her current role, Lisa coordinates with leadership to develop a regional vision, instructional philosophy, goals, and objectives. Using collaborative processes and problem-solving techniques, she facilitated the implementation of curriculum changes in two core subject areas across all campuses. She creates opportunities for school leaders across school sites to collaborate and learn from one another and supports the development of school leaders as reflective practitioners. Lisa confers with, counsels, and advises leadership and instructional personnel concerning instructional methods, best practice techniques, and special programming, in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

Lisa earned her M.Ed. in education leadership through Northern Arizona University.

Chris Glasel, systems support specialist

Chris

Since 2008, Chris has had a variety of roles throughout Open Sky Education that have prepared him to provide crucial support in the area systems development. In his current role, Chris sets up, manages and maintains all academic systems.

Prior to this role, Chris was educational technology coordinator for HOPE Christian Schools in Milwaukee. He also served in the classroom as an educational assistant, helping to develop and maintain databases related to accelerated math and reading programs. Additionally, Chris served as a 5th and 6th grade boys basketball coach as well as athletic director for HOPE Christian Schools.

Chris is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College and also earned his IT Network Professional Certificate from Waukesha County Technical College.

Bonita E. Jamison, Ed.S., principal director, St. Louis Region

Bonita has been an educator for sixteen years and served as a principal for seven of those years. Most recently, she served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Riverview Gardens School District in St. Louis, the city she calls home. Bonita has developed a passion for helping other educators emerge as leaders. Committed to the professional development of urban educators, she serves on the board of the Missouri St. Louis Alliance of Black School Educators and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Bonita cultivated her leadership skills through her practical experience as well as through participation in the New Leaders Project at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where her emphasis was on orchestrating systemic change within urban school settings.

In her role as principal director for Open Sky Education, Bonita works with regional leadership to coordinate instructional philosophy, objectives, and success measurements. She observes and counsels regarding instructional methods and best practices at each school across the region. She also creates opportunities for school leaders to collaborate and learn from one another and supports their professional growth.

Bonita earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Saint Louis University, her master’s degree in education leadership from Lindenwood University, and her Ed.S. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she will also receive her Ed.D. in December 2017.

Ciji Pittman, J.D., national director of strategic growth and national principal director

Ciji is responsible for facilitating growth and expansion across the organization including new school startup, regional startup, and overall organizational expansion.

Previously, Ciji founded and led a high performing charter school in Memphis through the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship.  As the Founder and Head of School Ciji was responsible for school operations, student academic achievement, board development, human resources, budgeting, and facility expansion.  During her time in the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, Ciji completed school leadership residencies with high performing charter networks and schools, studying and implementing the best practices that have led to outstanding academic achievement in schools that serve predominantly low-income students.

Ciji began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta, GA.  During her experience she wrote curriculum as part of the first Student Achievement Toolkit for the Atlanta Institute and also served as a Corps Member Advisor for incoming corps members.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received her bachelor’s degree and the University of Chicago Law School where she was a Butler, Rubin, Saltarelli, & Boyd Diversity Scholar.