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.

Bonita E. Jamison, Ed.D., 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.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ciji Pittman, J.D., President of Schools

Ciji is a passionate educator dedicated to ensuring that every family and every child has great educational options that will support a life of purpose and opportunity. She also is a nationally recognized education leader who has supported the professional growth of more than 200 school leaders in public, district, and charter schools over the last ten years. As President of Schools for Open Sky Education, Ciji will provide leadership for the overall quality of the educational experience for students, teachers, supporters and parent partners in each Open Sky Education school across the country. Working with the Open Sky Education Academic Council, Ciji will lead innovation for all aspects of the educational model, including curriculum development, assessment, data analysis strategy, and instructional strategies. She also will lead strategic growth for Open Sky Education schools division, working to ensure that a full and lasting education is accessible and affordable for more children.

Ciji began her career as a history and civics teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. She then went on to found and serve as the Head of School of a charter elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee, through the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship. Most recently, Ciji served as the principal director for the Wisconsin region of Open Sky Education. Before that she served as the managing director of the Racine region of HOPE Christian Schools. Results in the HOPE Christian Schools Racine schools have continuously placed them among the highest-achieving schools in the southeast Wisconsin.

Ciji is currently a fellow with the Leverage Leadership Institute, a highly selective fellowship program that prepares leaders to replicate academic successes within their organizations and throughout the country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She was a member of the founding cohort of the Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship.