Leadership

Diverse skillsets create strong leadership

Meet the Founding Teachers

Together, our team forms a dynamic leadership group, steering our scholars towards excellence, innovation, and inclusivity. Our collective vision and commitment to educational empowerment define the foundation of Liberation Academy.

School Leaders

Brian King

Founder and Executive Director

Brian King was born and raised in the metropolitan area of Detroit, MI. He attended Eastern Michigan University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Language, Literature and Writing. Mr. King also attended the University of Michigan and completed his Masters of Arts in Secondary Education. After completing graduate school, Mr. King relocated to Georgia.

Once in Georgia, Brian began his career as an English teacher. He would later move into school leadership. As a leader, Mr. King held roles as an Instructional Coach, Principal-In-Residence, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal.

Brian was raised to believe that education changes lives. Life and career have also taught him that a quality education can provide generational change for a student and their family.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and children, watching sports, participating in sports, reading, and traveling.

Takisha Anderson

Director of Operations

Takisha Anderson  is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Marian University and her Masters of Business Administration at Cardinal Stritch University. Ms. Anderson brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role.

With a career spanning over a decade in the banking industry, Takisha’s leadership and financial acumen have been instrumental in driving the operational excellence and financial stability of the school.  Her dedication to enhancing Liberation Academy’s efficiency and ensuring its success make her a valued asset to the Liberation Academy team. 

Ms. Anderson is also the Title IX coordinator for Liberation Academy. She can be reached at 470-816-4912 or t.anderson@liberationacademy.org

Alexandria Rackston

Director of Special Services

Alexandria Rackston is an accomplished educational professional currently serving as the Director of Special Services. 

Ms. Rackston believes real world Problem Based Learning will remove barriers in the lives of scholars. With a strong background in STEM and Instructional Technology, she has spearheaded district wide initiatives to integrate social activism, entrepreneurship, Minecraft, and Apple technologies into the curriculum while with Atlanta Public Schools. By blending these elements with traditional educational standards, she is successfully empowering educators and scholars to tackle real-world challenges and develop higher order problem-solving skills by utilizing the state standards.

Board of Directors

Nicole Long

Board Chair

Nicole Long is a proven Finance Business partner, Facilitator, Speaker and now entrepreneur with 20 + years of progressive experience in finance and accounting. Before becoming the owner of Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency West Cobb, Nicole was a highly accomplished finance and accounting leader for Fortune 500 companies such as General Motors, Coca Cola, and AT&T. 

Ms. Long also has years of experience in board leadership as a board member for the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the National Association of Black Accountants-Atlanta. Nicole is passionate about education and excited about impacting the lives of young people.

nicole.long@westrock.com

Contessa Clark

Board Vice Chair

Contessa Clark is a native from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Contessa joins us with formal education in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Master of Business from Cardinal Stritch University. Contessa brings over 20 plus years of corporate experience to Liberation Academy with a certification in process Improvement and a lengthy background in various leadership roles held at some of the Industries Fortune 50 companies such as UPS, GE Healthcare, Coca-Cola, Amazon and currently leading from the front at Delta Airlines here in Atlanta.

Contessa is also the founder/owner of Bottomless Closet ATL bringing her entrepreneurship front and center. She is a servant leader that shows up in the community wherever she can from volunteering with Hands on Atlanta, NAACP and other various organizations to donating to the local food bank. Contessa resides in Southwest Atlanta with her beautiful 2-year-old daughter Harper Grace

Rae Oglesby

Board Secretary

Rae Oglesby is a storyteller with a passion for social justice, equity and service. She started her career as a broadcast news journalist, working for a decade at CNN and local stations in Atlanta and Charleston, South Carolina before transitioning to nonprofit marketing and communications.

Prior to joining UpTogether in February 2020, she led marketing and communications at Mastery Schools where she led the network of 24 schools through a rebranding initiative, increased positive media hits by 22% and designed a student recruitment marketing strategy that fully enrolled a new school three months ahead of schedule. Under her leadership, Mastery’s communications team also won three Pennsylvania School PR Association (PenSPRA) Excellence in School Communications Awards. Rae has a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University and earned an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

raeoglesby@gmail.com

Manoj Mehta

Manoj is a seasoned IT professional and has worked in the digital departments of educational / eLearning companies like McGraw-Hill Education and Scholastic. He is active in the Ed Tech community.

His academic background includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He is currently a technology product leader at General Electric and, as part of GE’s outreach, has volunteered at InspirEDU (formerly PowerMyLearning of Greater Atlanta). In his spare time he plays tennis and enjoys global traveling (except during pandemics).

2manoj.mehta@gmail.com

Wardell Hunter

Wardell Hunter

Wardell Hunter has been very active in education over the past 23 years in the metro-Atlanta area. Wardell understands the links involved in having a successful school program. 

As a leader, Wardell has had several opportunities to demonstrate effectiveness in managing operations, promoting student learning, and collaborating with various stakeholders. Currently, Wardell serves as the Director of Leadership Development for Atlanta Public Schools. Wardell supports the development of new leaders, aspiring principals, aspiring assistant principals and central office staff members. Previously, Wardell served as a Principal (Interim), Assistant Principal of Instruction and Academy Leader for Business and Entrepreneurship at Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Ryan Nobles

Dr. Ryan Nobles

Ryan Nobles is a long time education professional with years of experience. He is currently serving as the Senior Partner of School Improvement Strategy for the Academy of Urban School Leadership.

Prior to this, he served in leadership roles for KIPP Metro Atlanta, Emory University, and Pearson Education among others.

Dr. Nobles is passionate about social justice and improving outcomes for young people in underserved communities. We are happy to have him as a member of the board of directors.

Kendall Scott

Kendall Scott is an air traffic controller at Atlanta Jackson Hartsfield Airport. He is passionate about outcomes for young people.

More specifically, he has dedicated a lot of his time to exposing young people in South Metro Atlanta to aviation and the multitude of careers within the field. With over 10 years of experience in the field of aviation, he embraces the responsibility of bringing more people of color into his realm.

His experience and passion are a true asset to the board and the community we serve.

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