KIPP Leaders

Our Leadership

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Our executive leadership team members come from diverse backgrounds and bring deep experience in education, along with private and military experience to their work at KIPP. All of our team members share a common belief in our mission and our KIPPsters.

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools leadership
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools leader

Kinnari Patel-Smyth

Executive Director

Kinnari oversees all aspects of our regional academics, finances, and operations. She joined KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools’ team and family in 2012 as the Chief Academic Officer, a role she held for two years. Kinnari got her start in education as a teacher in both Fort Worth and Atlanta. After teaching for six years, Kinnari became a dean at Explore Charter School in Brooklyn. The following year, she was selected to participate in New Leaders for New Schools, a national principal training program that allowed her to complete her principal residency at Explore Charter School. Kinnari went on to serve as principal of the school for five years, after which she transitioned to Managing Director of Program for the Explore Network. Kinnari has a MSEd in Educational Leadership from Pace University in New York, and a BA in Elementary Education from Salisbury University in Maryland.

Ryan Hudak

Chief Operating Officer

Ryan oversees the business operations of our eight schools and regional office. Ryan began his professional career as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. Following six years of military service, Ryan worked in Silicon Valley in various manufacturing and operations roles. After completing his MBA in 2005, he began a career in urban education reform focused on school operations. Ryan worked at Chicago Public Schools and DC Public Schools in various operations leadership roles and as an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where he focused on investment strategy and management assistance for the firm’s Los Angeles ventures. Ryan joined KIPP Metro Atlanta as COO in 2016 after five years serving as COO at KIPP San Antonio. Ryan holds a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an alumnus of The Broad Residency in Urban Education.

Jondré Pryor

Chief Schools Officer

Jondré is the Chief Schools Officer for all secondary schools in KIPP Metro Atlanta. Jondré previously served as principal of KIPP South Fulton Academy (KSFA) in East Point, Georgia, for nine years. Under his leadership, KSFA was recognized as a school of excellence in academics, athletics, and fine arts. He began his career in education as a 1994 Teach for America corps member in Oakland, California. In the past 24 years, he has served as an elementary school teacher, middle school mathematics teacher, instructional coach, director of curriculum and instruction, athletics coach, principal, and head of schools. Jondré has dedicated his life to assisting Black and Latino scholars to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and socially intelligent citizens of the world. He graduated from Hampton University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Law. Jondré takes the most pride in his role as a father to his daughter and his son.

Mini’imah Shaheed

Chief Schools Officer

Mini’imah is the Chief Schools Officer for KIPP Metro Atlanta’s primary schools. Previously she served as the head of schools for primary schools and the founding principal of KIPP STRIVE Primary School, KIPP Metro Atlanta’s first elementary school, established in 2012. Prior to the Fisher Fellowship, Mini’imah was a teacher in the 2001 Teach for America corps and an assistant principal for four years thereafter. Mini’imah earned her B.A. in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A.T. in English Literature at Agnes Scott College, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Georgia State University. She leads with love, using her experiences and expertise to support and develop KIPP Metro Atlanta’s principals as they work to bring to life every possibility and opportunity for Atlanta’s students. When not supporting her KIPPsters, big and small, Mini’imah gives her heart to her husband and two sons.

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