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Our Network Team

TRACIE SANLIN

CEO

Tracie Sanlin, the esteemed CEO of Chicago Collegiate, is a true embodiment of dedication and commitment to the city of Chicago and the vibrant Roseland community. With a rich family legacy spanning four generations of teachers and three generations of Chicago educators, Ms. Sanlin's roots run deep in the educational fabric of the city. Her family's active involvement in the greater Roseland community and schools for nearly six decades is a testament to their unwavering support and belief in the power of education.

Before becoming the CEO at Chicago Collegiate, Ms. Sanlin held various positions within the education field. She started her career as a middle school social studies teacher and later transitioned into Saturday Academy Director and School Operations Manager roles. She also served as a contract Principal in the Chicago Public Schools system. Ms. Sanlin has a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University, and an M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education in School Leadership. She has also won multiple awards for her school leadership and is a published author.

Ms. Sanlin's drive and genuine love for education are the driving forces behind her leadership at Chicago Collegiate as she strives to maintain the school's commitment to excellence. With her extensive experience and unwavering dedication, Ms. Sanlin is poised to lead Chicago Collegiate toward continued success.

"Where Excellence Is A Habit"

It is my privilege to lead Chicago Collegiate and the many talented teachers and students here! I look forward to partnering with our stakeholders to advance all areas at Collegiate (academics, athletics, and fine arts). As the CEO, it is my charge to lead our network so that our scholars can do more today, than they did yesterday, and change the world!

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TAMMY LEWIS - KELTON

DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL OPERATIONS

 

From the west side of Chicago, Mrs. Lewis-Kelton has always been driven by her passion for education and her desire to make a positive impact on the lives of students and families. Her academic journey began at Indiana State University, where she pursued her dreams in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice. With sheer determination and hard work, she successfully earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from this esteemed institution.

Throughout her early career, Mrs. Lewis-Kelton focused on empowering students and families by creating opportunities for post-secondary education. She tirelessly worked to guide and support them in their pursuit of attending college or university, preparing for employment, and exploring trade opportunities. Additionally, she gained valuable experience as a second-grade teacher assistant, nurturing young minds and fostering a love for learning.

Currently, Mrs. Lewis-Kelton is furthering her own education by pursuing an Ed.D in Education and Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. Despite the challenges posed by distance, she is determined to excel in her studies through the university's online program. Her commitment to education is matched only by her dedication to providing exceptional customer service to families and their children, ensuring that they receive the best possible support and guidance on their educational journey. Mrs. Lewis-Kelton's treasured quote is by: George Washington Carver

"Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom. "

 

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DERRICK PYLE

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Born and raised in the vibrant city of South Bend, Indiana, Mr. Pyle's journey has been nothing short of remarkable. With a deep sense of patriotism and a desire to serve his country, he made the life-changing decision to join the United States Marine Corps in 2007. For eight years, he dedicated himself to the Corps, displaying unwavering commitment and earning an Honorable Discharge in 2015.

Education has always been a driving force in Mr. Pyle's life, and after his military service, he pursued his passion for learning. He enrolled at Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice. However, his thirst for knowledge did not stop there. In 2012, he seized the opportunity to join the prestigious Philadelphia Teaching Fellows, an organization dedicated to transforming academic outcomes and bridging the achievement gap in educationally underserved neighborhoods.

As Mr. Pyle embarked on his teaching career in inner city Philadelphia, he recognized the importance of equipping himself with the necessary skills to make a lasting impact on his students' lives. Balancing his teaching responsibilities with his own educational pursuits, he enrolled at Chestnut Hill College and obtained a Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in Special Education in 2014. His dedication and exceptional teaching abilities were recognized when he was voted Teacher of the Year at Universal Creighton Charter School in 2019.

Mr. Pyle made the decision to relocate to Chicago with his family, where he eagerly accepted a Case Manager position at Chicago Collegiate Charter School. With his infectious enthusiasm and ability to infuse joy into every classroom, he is determined to make a positive difference in the lives of his students at Collegiate.

"We Are Collegiate"

 

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REENA SMITH

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS

As the newly appointed Director of Development and Partnerships, Ms. Smith has become an integral part of the Chicago Collegiate community. With her expertise, she takes charge of the branding and marketing strategies, ensuring that the institution's image is effectively communicated. Moreover, she leads the fundraising initiatives and establishes corporate partnerships, aiming to enhance the educational experience for both present and future students. Ms. Smith's unwavering dedication lies in enriching the educational journey of all current and prospective students at Chicago Collegiate.

During the early stages of her career, Ms. Smith held several leadership positions within the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), which owned and operated McCormick Place and historic Navy Pier where her career began as an Event Manager at the McCormick Place. She later transitioned to the Authority's Corporate Communication Department, serving as a Corporate Communications Assistant and Public Relations Assistant for the historic Navy Pier. 

The former Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Officers at the South-Southwest Suburban Regional Office (SSW) of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) she managed corporate partners and secured donations from high net worth individuals to support UWMC mission. Ms. Smith implemented innovative outreach programs that are still being utilized by United Way of Metro Chicago today. 

Most recently, as the Community Liaison for The Southland Human Services Leadership Council (SHSLC). Ms. Smith managed the Board and Executive leadership, increased recruitment and outreach, executed Council events, developed and managed all marketing materials, collaborated with internal and external stakeholders for the purpose of building effective communication, enhancing relationships. Ms Smith graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Marketing.

A literature enthusiast Ms. Smith finds solace in her extensive book collection. She also has a passion for gardening, caring for over 50 indoor plants. In addition to being a dedicated mother of three, she is a professional photographer who captures the beauty of the world. Art is her muse, and she enjoys exploring various artistic expressions.

 Ms. Smith's treasured quote is by: Ghandi

"Be the change you want to see in the world"

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TIESHIA ROBINSON

PRINCIPAL

Ms. Robinson, a Texas native, obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Houston-Downtown. In 2015, she achieved a master's degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Over the past seven years, she held various instructional leadership roles, including Instructional Specialist, Magnet Coordinator, Graduation Coach, and Assistant Principal. most recently as the Dean of Instruction at Young Women's College Preparatory Academy in the Houston Independent School District.

From teacher to graduation coach, department coach to magnet coordinator and assistant principal, Ms. Robinson has consistently excelled in diverse roles throughout her career. She has successfully guided teachers to improve AP scores and increased student proficiency on STAAR end-of-course testing by 18%, enabling scholars to graduate from high school. Her passion lies in creating opportunities for diverse children to achieve their utmost potential.

Throughout her professional journey, Ms. Robinson has consistently demonstrated her commitment to serving those in need, bringing her expertise and compassion to every classroom she enters. Whenever she gets the chance, she heads back to her roots in Houston, Texas to catch up with her cherished family and friends. Ms. Robinson's treasured quote, by Oprah Winfrey.

"You have to know what sparks the light in you so you can illuminate the world"

 

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GRETCHEN THOMAS

ADMISSIONS RECRUITER

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Ms. Thomas has a deep connection to her hometown. After completing her education at Mississippi Valley State University and Argosy University, where she focused on Psychology and Child Development, she discovered her true passion for working with children. Despite holding positions in case management and human resources, she always found herself gravitating towards roles that allowed her to make a positive impact on the lives of young individuals.

Throughout her career, Ms. Thomas has had the opportunity to work with various educational institutions, including CPS, YMCA of Metro Chicago, and Catalyst Charter School system. However, what truly sets Chicago Collegiate Charter School apart for her is the shared vision among its members. At this institution, everyone is dedicated to instilling the value of education in children and emphasizing that success is not easily achieved but certainly attainable. This alignment of purpose and commitment to the betterment of students' lives is what Ms. Thomas finds most fulfilling about her role at Chicago Collegiate Charter School.

"We Are Collegiate"

 

BE COLLEGIATE. CHANGE THE WORLD.

Chicago Collegiate offers an exceptional environment where you will find yourself surrounded by a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to their work. Together, we strive to build meaningful connections with our students and their families, fostering a strong sense of community.