Jacksonville Regional Staff
LaKeisha Wells-Palmer - Executive Director
Lakeisha is originally from Sumter, South Carolina and is a proud graduate of THE historic Shaw University, where she double majored in Mathematics and Secondary Math Education. After graduation, she taught high school math in Raleigh, NC at William G. Enloe Gifted and Talented Magnet/IB High School for 6 years and later left North Carolina to pursue a continuation of her career in the DC/Maryland area. For one year, she taught Algebra 1 and Geometry at Greenbelt Middle School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. After completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and School Administration at East Carolina University, Lakeisha transitioned to Washington D.C. to take part in the reform efforts under the leadership of Chancellor Michelle Rhee. In D.C., she served two years as a school turnaround instructional specialist for mathematics, science, and exploratory sciences at John P. Sousa Middle School. Lakeisha later transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal for Intervention at Sousa Middle School, where she managed the school’s Full Service School Turn-Around Model and also served as the 6th and 8th grade level administrator. Lakeisha’s personal values are centered on family, friendship, partnership, loyalty, and community and having these values present in all aspects of her life is very important. She believes that it is essential for the students of Jacksonville to see teachers, school leaders, and community leaders as their sense of possibility and know that they stand as a united front working to open up pathways of opportunity for them, as many before have done.
Head of Development
Matt manages fundraising and donor cultivation for the Jacksonville region. Matt is a native Floridian, is a 2007 TFA Atlanta alum where he taught 9th Grade English. Motivated and informed by his experience in the classroom, Matt earned his Juris Doctor degree at the Florida State University College of Law, with a specific focus on policy and advocacy. He then spent eight years working in education policy, the final five on staff at Teach For America where he led the statewide government affairs and public policy work in Florida.
Managed by: Lakeisha Palmer
Manager, Donor Experience
Allyson supports our donors and development team to share the stories and impact of our teachers and students.
Manager, Communications & Stewardship
Courtney creates and manages regional giving campaigns to raise more than $2 million through individual, foundation, corporate, state and school partner funding. Courtney also manages the Sponsor A Teacher program and regional communications.