Elie has been teaching for more than seven years. He studied religion and political science at Emory University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2016. After that, he became a Teach For America (TFA) Corps Member in Chicago. In those two years, Elie taught high school English, math, and special education at DRW College Prep in North Lawndale. At the same time, he completed a Master's degree in teaching from Relay Graduate School for Education, and received his license to teach kindergarten-21 year olds.
After TFA, Elie explored foreign models and practices in education. He traveled for a year and taught elementary, middle, and high school students in Chamraj, India and Ben Shemen, Israel. Elie moved back to the U.S. in 2019 to be a founding teacher at Washington Leadership Academy (WLA), a public charter school in Northeast D.C. At WLA, he directed internship and career prep, and taught 12th grade English and special education.
During the 2020-21 school year, while teaching at WLA, Elie completed the University of Pennsylvania's Master's in Education Entrepreneurship program. Through that, Elie was able to convert his experiences and insights from the classroom into a student-centered education company ~ InnerView. Elie serves on the board of CONNECTdmv. In the 2022-23 school year, he is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at the University of Connecticut's Werth Institute where he is leading a team of co-op student through business development projects for InnerView.
Director of Community
Mike was a 2016 Teach For America (TFA) Corps Member, teaching 8th grade science and social studies in the South Side of Chicago. During his time, he sought ways to bring real-world value to his students. Alongside increasing students’ standardized test scores in science, he led a variety of innovative experiences. He partnered with Echelon Consulting to empower students to express themselves through technology in an after-school program. He also piloted MyGPS, a curriculum to guide students’ exploration of their futures.
After TFA, Mike co-designed and co-launched a small school (thirty-two 7th and 8th graders) through the 228 Accelerator program. As the school’s Director of STEAM, he led curricular development and taught math and science.
After leading the school, Mike wanted to delve more deeply into how to most effectively benefit students. He entered a PhD program in Learning Design and Technology and Wayne State University. He also co-founded InnerView.
Mike earned a Master's in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor's in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan.
Director of Academics
Nnenna has over fifteen years of experience leading and working with education organizations to improve learning outcomes and access to quality education. Over her career, she has managed and launched schools, conducted and implemented strategic planning, and trained teachers and academic leaders. Nnenna was a founding team member of Nova Pioneer School Network, where she developed scalable, replicable systems to drive its growth. She also served as a Founding Head of School at Nova Pioneer Schools, garnering direct experience and insight into achieving operational excellence at Pre-K to 12 institutions. She served as an advisor to the Nelson Mandela Institute for Development Studies in developing their post-graduate fellowship.
Nnenna is a strong advocate for investment in education as an effective tool for poverty alleviation and has served on several school boards to drive educational equity. She builds and supports purpose driven organizations to accelerate innovations and make a positive impact in the world.
Keith Wilkerson is the Founder and Lead Teacher for CollegeThoughts, an organization with a student-minded team who is dedicated to demystifying the college application process, making the process more of a personal exploration than a stress-inducing enigma. Previously, Keith worked as a key programs team member for A Better Chance for almost two decades. With 22 years of experience, over 200 workshops conducted, 1,500 students placed in school, and more than 7,000 families counseled on educational options for private school education and college, Keith and CollegeThoughts have the experience to help good students reach great goals as they apply to the nation’s top colleges.
In the 2021-22 school year, Elie and Mike implemented their course in a variety of settings - public, private, and charter schools, as well as an international teaching fellowship. This summer, Elie and Mike integrated feedback from these cohorts to improve the course’s design for the fall. Here are three program highlights from last year's work with our partners.
During The Field School's annual two-week period of internships and creative courses, InnerView participated in both settings. Elie hosted two student interns and co-taught a course, The Art of Storytelling, with fourteen students. One intern designed an identity development curriculum and one designed the lotus logo on our homepage. We're excited to return for Inner Session in 2023!
In Israel, InnerView facilitated a month-long professional development project for TALMA's Full Year Fellows. In the project, each fellow crafted and filmed a video storytelling their experience. Specifically
they were asked to reflect on how their experience empowers them with transferable human skills to direct them forward in and after TALMA. You can read about the Fellows' experiences here.
In partnership with SuitUp, InnerView brought together students from Chicago and Washington D.C. for an online business competition with American Eagle Outfitters (AEO). Students took on the role of CEOs and collaborated with AEO volunteers to design and pitch a new product line focused on sustainability. The winning team was from D.C. and designed a t-shirt line, “Affordable not Afflictive.” The line’s proceeds would go to cleaning up the local Anacostia watershed.