Staff

Brandon Lucius

Executive Director
Brandon oversees the day-to-day operations of ATC and is responsible for strategic planning, staffing, fundraising, and financial reporting. Born and raised in the Arkansas Delta, Brandon taught 10th grade biology in the Helena-West Helena School District with Teach For America and 9th grade Algebra 1 in the Osceola School District before joining ATC full-time in...
Brandon Lucius

Lizzy Hetherington

Director of Teacher Development
Lizzy coordinates teachers’ training and development over the three-year Fellowship and manages a team of teacher development managers to coach Fellows toward resilience and student success in the classroom. A native of upstate New York, Lizzy taught 7th grade math in Minneapolis, MN through Teach For America after graduating from Oberlin College with her B.A....
Lizzy Hetherington

Matthew Caston

Director of Institute
Matt plans and manages the seven-week Summer Institute, including building partnerships with an Arkansas K-12 school district to provide Fellows with clinical teaching experience. The son of a Mississippi educator, Matt leverages his B.S. in communications with a minor in creative writing  from Mississippi College and his MPS from the Clinton School in Public Service...
Matthew Caston

Laureina Toler

Teacher Development Manager
Laureina coaches and supports educators through classroom observations and debriefs in addition to researching and providing educators with highly-effective practices and resources. Laureina was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cal. where she earned a B.A. in development studies with a minor in education from the University of California, Berkeley. As a...
Laureina Toler

Kendra Ide

Teacher Development Manager
Kendra coaches and supports teachers through classroom observations and debriefs, in addition to coordinating and facilitating professional development. She is a native of Zeeland, MI and earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in religion at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Kendra was a 2016 Fellow and completed her educator certification for English 7-12...
Kendra Ide

Jamie Powell

Teacher Development Manager
Jamie coaches and supports teachers through classroom observations and debriefs, in addition to coordinating and facilitating professional development. A native of central Arkansas, she attended high school at the Arkansas School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Hot Springs, AR where she also served as a community leader, student government representative, Model UN representative,...
Jamie Powell

John Hall

Director of Recruitment
John plans and coordinates ATC’s recruitment, selection, placement, and licensure efforts, as well as managing the part-time University student workers who assist with outreach and communication. John received a Bachelor of Science in political science and a minor in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he is currently pursuing a M.A....
John Hall

Whitney Carter

Recruitment & Outreach Manager
Whitney assists with the recruitment and selection of ATC Fellows throughout the Arkansas Delta, as well as broader outreach and communication efforts. Whitney is a native of Parkin, AR but moved to Columbus, MS during her high school years. She returned to Arkansas to graduate with a B.S. in business administration from Arkansas State University...
Whitney Carter

Sarah C. McKenzie, Ph.D.

Faculty Director
Dr. McKenzie is the Executive Director of the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. A teacher at heart, Sarah has taught students from pre-kindergarten to university level, has provided training and consulting to public school districts, and has presented nationally and internationally on educational statistics. Since her days as an elementary teacher,...
Sarah C. McKenzie, Ph.D.