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About Us


Our Team



Founder & Head of School

 Kathleen Sullivan is the Founder and Head of School at Jefferson RISE. Prior to opening Jefferson RISE, Ms. Sullivan participated in an intensive training program concentrated on the skills needed to design, found, lead and sustain a high performing charter school. An award winning teacher and instructional coach, she spent eight years working with at-risk students in an urban school district where she was celebrated for bringing innovation, excitement, and love of learning to the classroom. Ms. Sullivan has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fairfield University and a Master’s in Education from University of Bridgeport.

Contact Ms. Sullivan at or call the front desk at (504)328-9799 to request a phone call. 




Chief of Staff

Originally from Port Sulphur, LA, Mr. Mackey is one of RISE’s longest-serving employees, having worked with the team from the first year of operations. He has served in many roles over that time period, including teacher, coach, and leadership team member. Before RISE, Mr. Mackey had prior teaching experience as well as experience playing professional football in the United States and abroad. He graduated from Tulane with a Bachelor's of Arts and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education.

Contact Mr. Mackey at or call the front desk at (504)328-9799 to request a phone call.

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