Anna carlstone-hurst - Head of School
Ms. Carlstone-Hurst first served as a Teacher For America corps member at a middle school in the Bronx, New York. She remained at the school three years beyond her placement to continue to teach, lead a Parent Outreach Committee, and create a “school within a school” with three team members, building a culture of high expectations, standardized classroom procedures, and culture-building activities for over 200 students. With the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, Ms. Carlstone-Hurst observed at over 40 high performing charter schools across the country to design and lead Libertas College Prep, a school that will change the outcomes for each student that enters its doors. Building Excellent Schools (BES) is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving the academic achievement of underserved students in our nation's urban centers. BES accomplishes this by supporting relentless entrepreneurs to design, found, lead, and sustain excellent charter schools in underserved communities nationwide. Ms. Carlstone-Hurst earned a B.A. in English and in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.
Allison Metz - Principal
Ms. Metz brings a wealth of experience to Libertas leadership from several high performing charter organizations. She began her path in education as a Teacher for America corps member in Denver in 2009. Following her corps experience, Ms. Metz joined North Start Academy in Newark, New Jersey where she grew from a middle school teacher into network wide school and instructional leadership. In her eight years working at North Star, one of the top performing charter networks in the nation, Ms. Metz was a Dean of Curriculum leading the teachers she coached to over 80% proficiency on the new, extremely challenging PARCC assessments. She led monthly instructional and cultural walkthroughs, created model curriculum, and led network-wide professional development. More recently she was a founding 8th ELA teacher at KIPP LA until she joined Libertas as the school principal. Ms. Metz graduated Mt. Holyoke with a B.A. in English.