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LaKeisha Wells-Palmer

LaKeisha Wells-Palmer

Executive Director

Teach For America Florida Regions

LaKeisha Wells-Palmer leads Teach For America's efforts as the Statewide Executive Director of Teach For America regions in Florida. With 22 years of experience in education, she serves as a champion for principals, teachers, and students. She has spent the last 11 years at Teach For America, serving as the Executive Director of Jacksonville, Central Florida, and Miami-Dade following five years leading Jacksonville’s programmatic efforts.

Meet Our Staff

Executive Director

LaKeisha Wells-Palmer

Senior Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer

Ryan Kyrola

Director, Advisory Board, Staff, & Executive Strategy and Engagement

Heather Ryan

Director, Operations, Data, & Impact

Emily Mayeda

Manager, Workplace, Finance, and Staff Operations

Koray Comert

Managing Director, School & District Partnerships, Matriculation and Onboarding

Xavier Suarez


Monique Rae Valerio

Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development - Miami-Dade

Gerthy Eugene

Director, Teacher Leadership Development

Matt Boerner

Director, Teacher Leadership Development

Olivia Allen

Director, Teacher Leadership Development

Nina Rivera

Director, Alumni Strategy

Marques Harris

Director, Alumni Strategy

Megan Cole

Director, Alumni Strategy

Zahirah Calloway

Managing Director, Teacher Training & Systems Impact

Angel Arroyo

Director, Teacher Training & Systems Impact

Kai Sinclair

Managing Director, Chief External Affairs Officer

Von Johnson

Director, Communications & Marketing

Courtney Salazar

Manager, External Affairs

Frances Nevill