STRIVE Preparatory Schools

STRIVE Prep, a community of public charter schools in Denver, CO, is where every student is learning to change the world. We believe our 3,800 scholars at our 11 schools should be able to access an education that is not only academically excellent but that also embraces each student's identities.

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Alesha Arscott, Chief Talent Officer
Start Date: 2018

Alesha leads STRIVE Prep's talent strategy to become the best place to work in education in Denver. She is deeply passionate about building high performance, strengths-based teams that drive breakthrough performance in K-12 education. Prior to STRIVE, Alesha was the senior director of talent for the Charter School Growth Fund, a national nonprofit that identifies the country's best charter schools, funds their expansion, and helps to increase their impact. Previously, Alesha spent 12 years at Charter Schools USA, an education management organization where she helped enable growth from 5 to 70 schools serving 60,000 students in seven states. A Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Alesha earned a bachelor's degree in studio art from Williams College and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Gregory Hatcher, Chief External Affairs Officer
Start Date: 2018

Gregory brings over 10 years of experience in education politics, policy, and community engagement to his role at STRIVE Prep. Prior to joining STRIVE Prep, Gregory worked for DPS in the Superintendent's office as a member of the districts extended leadership team for five years. Gregory founded and Directed the DPS Public Affairs team and served as the school district's in-house lobbyist and intergovernmental affairs lead. Gregory's leadership roles and community engagement goes beyond ECE-12 education. Gregory serves on various boards in the Denver community, including: Boys and Girls Club of Colorado Alliance, Chair; FaithBridge Colorado, Treasurer; CareerWise Colorado, Founding Board Member; Denver Public Library, Mayoral-Appointed Commissioner; and the NE Denver Collective Impact, Founding Vice Chair. One of Gregory's core beliefs is ensuring every child receives a high quality education and access to opportunities that prepare them for success in college and career.

Chris Gibbons, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2006

Prior to founding STRIVE Prep in 2006, Chris taught students in another charter school network and later directed Denver Summerbridge (now a part of the Breakthrough Collaborative). Chris is a graduate of The Broad Academy and the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship and was a 2015 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow. He served as the Co-Chair of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Collaborative Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale University and a Master of Education from Regis University. Chris speaks fluent Spanish.

Betsy Peterson, Chief Schools Officer
Start Date: 2017

Betsy is a founding member of the STRIVE Prep team, having been a founding middle school math teacher in 2006, a founding Assistant Principal of STRIVE Prep - Westwood in 2009, and the founding Principal of STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside from 2010-2015. Prior to working at STRIVE Prep, Betsy taught math and worked as the School-Year Program Coordinator at Denver Summerbridge. Betsy is a member of the NextGen 6 Pahara Cohort. She attended the University of Denver as a Boettcher Scholar and holds a Master of Education in Instructional School Leadership from the Relay Graduate School of Education. Betsy was born and raised in Colorado.

Kristin Levine, Chief Academic Officer
Start Date: 2017

Kristin became the first person in her family to graduate from college when she earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 2006. A Teach for America alumna and former teacher, Kristin founded her own school as the founding principal of Great Oaks Charter School in New York City. For the past two and a half years, Kristin has led STRIVE Prep's s curriculum and academic programming. Kristin completed her Master in Education at Bank Street College and her Master of Educational Leadership at Columbia University.

Josh Devon, Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Start Date: 2012

Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Josh has spent his career working for a multi-national start-up, a Fortune 500 company, and various public sector organizations in a variety of financial capacities. In his seventh year at STRIVE Prep, Josh oversees all aspects of finance, operations, and technology.


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