The LIFE School is an innovative high school in Atlanta, where students learn through passion projects and academic work.
As a LIFE Learner, our students start businesses, intern with companies, take project-based courses and partake in off-site experiences, allowing them the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma in a non-traditional and nurturing environment.
We have a dynamic team with a passion for education innovation.
Mikala is an experienced educator who is committed to empowering students from all backgrounds. Over the last 7 years, Mikala has taught middle and high school computer science and math courses, designed curriculum, and coached teachers around the world.
Prior to founding The LIFE School, she co-founded an educational technology company focused on college access. She is also a 4.0 Schools Fellow and a SXSWedu conference speaker.
She has a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Education (Learning, Design, and Technology) from Stanford University.
Khabral joins Atlanta’s education community by way of Oakland CA. As an experienced educator, he brings a wide variety of skills in tech, the arts, the sciences and math, as well as a deep understanding of how important it is to instill a love of learning in children. He credits his mother, a recently retired teacher in Auburn, AL, with giving him a strong and varied academic foundation, which helped him fall in love with learning too.
He has a B.A. degree in English from California State University Hayward, minoring in International Writ and Psychology, and to this day remains passionate about nation-building, community organizing and education.
Nene is an element of nature, a culture creator, a poet and a lover of music, children, and cyphers. She is an educator and organizer who works at the intersection of community research, planning, and organizing. She has designed trainings, workshops, strategy sessions and provided one-on-one coaching and mentoring support to youth, organizers and community leaders throughout Atlanta and around the country.
Nene has a B.A. degree in Government from Harvard University, a Masters in City Planning from MIT and is currently pursuing a PhD in City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Khabral is an experienced educator, who brings a wide variety of skills in STEM and the arts, as well as a deep understanding of how important it is to instill a love of learning in children.
Nene is an educator and organizer who works at the intersection of community research and planning, throughout Atlanta and around the country.
Byron is an orgnizational improvement consultant and motivational speaker working in the educational, non profit, and local government spaces.
Candis Curd is a technology executive who has spent her career architecting and managing the delivery of solutions to complex problems for retail, entertainment, telecom and government clients.
Denise is a finance professional and academic with over 30 years of experience in accounting, economics, and finance. She teaches business courses to students of all ages, in various formats, and has done so on three continents.
Hassan is an immigrant, engineer, investor and startup coach. He loves data and dumplings - and is always curious about new models for youth to take the reins of their learning.
Heather is a human-centered innovator. By day, she works on Nationwide's innovation team and by night, she develops platforms to spread design thinking tools to the masses.
Jarrett Coger is an educator and entrepreneur working with startups and companies in banking, e-commerce, fashion, education, and telecom.
Our Advisory Board is a dedicated group of professionals that regularly offer their expertise, network, and time to support the work of our school.
They are some of our biggest fans and we couldn't do this work without them.
As our school continues to grow, we are always looking to increase our network and would love to talk with other professionals interested in lending their wisdom.
Center for Civic Innovation Press Release