Paul Dean, Co-Founder and Executive Director
As Jounce's co-founder and executive director, Paul focuses on the design, execution and effectiveness of programming. He works closely with the entire Jounce team to develop and refine the Jounce model, and works closely with the board to set the long-term strategy of the organization.
Prior to co-founding Jounce Partners, Paul worked at New Orleans College Preparatory (NOCP), an award winning urban charter school in New Orleans, LA. At NOCP, Paul served on the five-person school leadership team, managed teachers as an instructional coach, and taught English and science. Paul began his career as a Teach For America Corps Member at Carver High School in New Orleans, leading his 9th graders to an average increase of 1.52 years of reading comprehension growth each semester.
Paul holds a B.A. from Yale University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
James Beale, COO
As Jounce's chief operating officer, James works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to ensure Jounce sets and meets annual targets and implements and develops strong systems.
Prior to Jounce, James worked as an associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath, representing individual and corporate clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including white collar investigations, business and corporate disputes, and class action defense. Prior to Drinker, James worked as a sports writer, primarily for the Philadelphia City Paper.
James holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was the executive editor of the Journal of Business Law, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Sarah Elder, School Acceleration Partner
As a School Acceleration Partner, Sarah works with the Executive Director to improve and refine the Jounce coaching model, and leads training for school leaders and teachers across Jounce partner schools.
Prior to Jounce, Sarah was the principal of Hardy Williams Elementary Mastery Charter. Following Sarah’s first year as principal, the school was recognized as a top 10 school in Pennsylvania both for student growth from the previous year and for absolute achievement of African-American students. Prior to joining Mastery, Sarah worked at Teach For America as the Managing Director of Institute Program for the Philadelphia Institute. In this role she developed Pre K - 12 curricular resources, and led the training and management of 100 staff members each summer.
Originally from Ohio, Sarah graduated from The Ohio State University Summa Cum Laude with honors and distinction in German. Sarah also holds a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s University and completed Principal Certification at Chestnut Hill College.
Mike Hammond, School Acceleration Partner
As a School Acceleration Partner, Michael works with the Executive Director to improve and refine the Jounce coaching model, and leads training for school leaders and teachers across Jounce partner schools.
Prior to Jounce, Michael spent seven years focused on teacher coaching and leadership development at Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. As the Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Michael developed and codified a nationally-recognized teacher coaching model and trained, supported, and managed teacher coaching implementation across 26 campuses, working closely with Principals and central office leaders. Prior to this role, Michael also served as a teacher coach, Assistant Principal of Instruction, and secondary English teacher at Mastery Charter Schools.
Michael holds both a M.Ed. And B.A. from St. Joseph's University.
Jeremiah Lemke, School Launch Partner
As a School Launch Partner, Jeremiah works with the Executive Director to improve and refine the Jounce coaching model, leads training for school leaders and teachers across Jounce partner schools, and works to plan a school incorporating the full Jounce model.
Jeremiah started his educational career teaching Social Studies in North Minneapolis. After transplanting to the School District of Philadelphia he worked for four years as an RTI and behavioral health liaison before making the jump to administration and serving for the past eight years in various leadership capacities, including Assistant Principal and Principal. During his tenure with the school district, he was awarded multiple commendations from the Superintendent for his strong efforts to make schools more productive environments of learning. Jeremiah is currently a Philly PLUS Resident.
Jeremiah holds a B.A. from Bethel University and a M.Div. in Contemporary Leadership from Biblical Theological Seminary.
Danielle South, School Launch Partner
As a School Launch Partner, Danielle works with the Executive Director to improve and refine the Jounce coaching model, leads training for school leaders and teachers across Jounce partner schools, and works to plan a Jounce-model school.
Prior to Jounce, Danielle served as the Chief of Staff at a charter school in Trenton, NJ where she increased the attendance rate by over 1% to an average daily attendance rate of over 96%. Danielle’s teaching career began 10 years ago when she served with Teach for America as a fourth grade teacher outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Danielle holds on J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she graduated Cum Laude.
Mike McKenna, Former School Launch Partner and Founding School Leader at Memphis Delta Prep
As the first Jounce School Launch Fellow, Mike developed his school leadership skill set, built a team of community leaders and educators, and designed the systems and structures to launch a Jounce-model school in Memphis. He now is the founding School Leader at Memphis Delta Prep, serving more than 250 students in grades K-5.
Prior to Jounce, Mike worked with KIPP Philadelphia Charter School as an 8th grade math teacher and then an Assistant Principal. He participated in the nationwide Miles Family Fellowship, a training program to prepare future KIPP school leaders. Before joining KIPP, Mike was the first 8th grade math teacher at the Soulsville Charter School in Memphis, Tennessee. During his five years at Soulsville, he served as a grade level chair, athletic director, math department chair, and, of course, as the director of happiness.
Mike graduated from Princeton University with a degree in sociology and earned his Masters of Education from Christian Brothers University.
Logan Byler, School Launch Partner and Founding School Leader at Deep Roots Charter School
As a School Launch Partner, Logan works with the Executive Director to improve and refine the Jounce coaching model, leads training for school leaders and teachers across Jounce partner schools, and is plans Deep Roots Charter School, scheduled to open in the Kensignton neighborhood of Philadelphia in 2018.
Logan started his educational career as a Teach for America Corps member at Eastern University Academy Charter School teaching 7th and 8th grade Science and Math. In his second year at EUACS, he led his 7th and 8th grade students from 4% proficiency in Mathematics to 57% proficient/advanced on end-of-year tests. He then taught 7th grade Math in Camden, NJ at Freedom Prep and 7th/8th grade Science at Young Scholars Frederick Douglass.
Logan earned his B.S. from Temple University and his M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania.