Founder and CEO
A 2013 Teach For America Corps Member in the Rhode Island Region, Jeffrey served as the Math Special Educator and Data Coordinator at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts-integrated, 7th through 12th grade charter school, for two years and is a certified mathematics and special education instructor in both Rhode Island and Georgia.
Prior to joining TFA, Jeffrey served as the Vice President of The Waller Scholars Inc., an emerging educational non-profit in Atlanta, GA, and also as a summer analyst with Goldman Sachs in the New York/ New Jersey offices.
Jeffrey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a degree from The Wharton School and a minor in Urban Studies. He has also completed graduate studies work at Brown University in their Urban Education Policy program and is currently pursuing a project with the Annenberg Institute for School Reformon honorCode's data metric system. Outside of his work at honorCode, he is learning front-end web development with The Iron Yard, serves as the Director of Special Projects for Out4Undergrad, trains Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian JuJitsu, practices mindfulness withbuddhify and loves spending time with his co-founder/friend of 10+ years (Dylan), family and dog CoCo.
Executive Vice President of Curriculum
A self-taught programmer, substitute teacher, and private tutor, Dylan has served non-profits, the Atlanta tech industry, and educational organizations around Atlanta for the past three years. He designed a fundraising model as the Advancement Coordinator for Childspring International, an organization providing surgery to children in resource-challenged countries, he volunteered as the Atlanta Ecosystem Ambassador with StartupBootcamp to increase the visibility of Atlanta on the international startup scene, and started his own tutoring service for students with individualized education plans in both mathematics and english.
Before entering the nonprofit world, Dylan gained three years of psychology research experience in labs at Georgia State University, and one year of neuroscience research at Emory University.
Dylan graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in psychology and has since returned to his alma mater for a Master’s in Educational Research. Outside of the office – a place made enjoyable by his friend and colleague, Jeffrey – he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and son, composing music, writing, soccer, and ultimate frisbee.
Director of Operations Intern
Ross graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a BA in International Relations. His interest lies in the intersection of governance and development, and sees both entrepreneurship and education as promising vehicles of sustainable change. Inspired by honorCode’s huge potential impact on student outcomes, Ross is looking forward to bringing his experiences and leadership skills into the start-up arena.
Previously, Ross worked for the Lincoln Chafee presidential campaign as Dep. Director of Research and Social Media, where he led strategy meetings and briefed the candidate on a range of policy issues, from foreign policy to education. Moving back to Atlanta, Ross realized his desire to serve his community more directly, and now works as Chief Aide to State House Representative Park Cannon of District 58, which includes parts of Poncey-Highlands, Midtown, Downtown, and South Atlanta.
An avid student and practitioner of mindfulness techniques, Ross likes to relax with meditation, yoga, and poetry when he’s not playing soccer, working out at Urban Perform gym, or challenging the imagination of his friends with exciting Dungeons and Dragons adventures.
Social Media and Marketing Strategy Intern
Montenay Thomas is a freshman political science major from Chicago Illinois, who currently attends Spelman College. She dreams of one day becoming a dominant force in the world of corporate law, as well as creating her own nonprofit organization geared toward rehabilitating and providing shelter for the homeless. Her deep interest in non-profits like honorCode first arose in middle school when she attended KIPP Ascend Charter School back home in Chicago, a program very much like honorCode, whose main focus is helping those from low income urban areas and giving them the opportunity to succeed and become leaders in the workforce.
Montenay is a proud member of the National Council of Negro Women as well as the Morehouse Business Association. She is someone who loves the creativeness shown through makeup and clothing, often stating fashion is her second language. In her free time, Montenay enjoys hanging with her best friend and big sister, trying new foods, and going to see Broadway shows and or musicals.
Computer Science Curriculum Development Intern
Robert is currently a rising sophomore at Georgia Tech, studying Environmental Engineering. Frustrated with the limited presence of Computer Science in the Atlanta Public Schools system, Robert interned at the Center for Advanced Communications Policy in his senior year of high school in order to bring a more established curriculum to his peers. He is excited for the chance to impact his own community, and others like it around the country, in a positive way at honorCode through the coordinated design of CS curriculum. Robert enjoys playing the ukulele and knitting terrible scarves in his spare time.
Program Evaluation Intern
Samantha Martin is a graduate student in Georgia State University’s joint Masters and Doctoral program in Sociology with a concentration in Race and Urban Studies. Samantha graduated with honors from Roosevelt University in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. A lifelong resident of Chicago’s South side, her interest in community research was sparked by a passion to understand the city’s racial and economic stratification as it relates to education and gang activity, as well as a passion for improving the community organizations in urban areas that work to combat the causes and symptoms of systemic inequality. Her research interests include identity development of youth of color, juvenile delinquency, racial/economic inequity in education, intervention and community program evaluation, disproportionate minority contact, and the school to prison pipeline. She is specifically interested in the relationship between inequity in disciplinary and/or academic policy in schools and the early criminalization of Latina and African American girls in metropolitan areas.
Entrepreneurship Curriculum Development Intern
Allaa Attar is a senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design, currently studying animation and business management. Her family has valued education and intellectual expansion her whole life, and taught her that education is the key to freedom in any society. Coming from Saudi Arabia, she offers a different perspective on life, culture, society, and more, with empathy being her most powerful asset.
In her home country, Allaa was one of the first women in Saudi Arabia to work in the public eye when the royal decree was established to allow her to. She has done product marketing, branding, beauty advising, sales, customer service, and makeup artistry for many high-end cosmetics brands such as YvesSaintLaurent, Lancôme, Chanel, Dior, and more.
As for education, Allaa has tutored 5th and 6th grade students in Arabic, translating words from English to Arabic, creating diagrams to tap into the student’s photographic memory and making it easier for them to make word associations. She created a friendly, open minded environment for students to be comfortable with themselves, and managed a relationship between the teacher and their students so they may be able to be themselves without the fear of judgment.
Through animation, visuals, art, and her passion for education, Allaa plans to bring in a fresh breath of air back to her home country and assert the importance of education to women, bringing down oppressive gender barriers, and ending gender apartheid by opening people’s minds and hearts to the idea of equality without losing any cultural value. She knows this will be difficult, but this is what she believes she is born to do.
Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum Development Intern
Rhiannon is a senior at Emory University majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. She believes these two disciplines are complementary because both elicit critical thinking in order to achieve a holistic understanding of human ideologies and behaviors. Rhiannon aspires to employ this knowledge through the pursuit of a Masters degree in art therapy.
Rhiannon gained teaching, communication and organizational experience through serving as a Peer Assistant Leader, Freshman Seminar Course facilitator, and Women’s Studies TA at Emory University. She also volunteered as a tutor for Path Project and Washington Street, both afterschool programs for elementary and middle school students of families living below the poverty line, which revealed to her the struggling state of public education. She has received Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT) and speaks for the innumerable benefits of mindfulness training first-hand. In her free time Rhiannon enjoys art, listening to music, creative writing, meditating and has a newfound passion for traveling after studying abroad in Spain.
Sean Tierney is a rising senior at Emory University in Atlanta, GA studying philosophy and economics. Upon graduation in 2017, he plans to seek a career in education policy and law, with the intention of improving the public education system through implementation of more student-oriented curriculum.
Sean received an associate’s degree from Oxford College of Emory University where he was instilled with the passion to peruse a career in education. He has experience with sales, marketing, and management through internships with Xenex Germ Zapping Robots and Teal’s Management group. When not studying Sean participates as a member of Outdoor Emory, Emory Juice Ultimate Frisbee, and the Emory philosophy club.
Joseph Toledano is a rising senior at Emory University in Atlanta, GA studying finance and information systems and operations management in the Goizueta BBA program. On campus, he has participated as mentor for incoming freshman as part of the Multicultural Outreach at Emory Mentoring Program (MORE) and will serve
as the Director of Community Outreach for the Goizueta Finance Group in the upcoming semester. Off campus, he has worked with multiple startups in both New York and Atlanta. In his spare time, Joe enjoys reading, playing basketball and thinking of potential entrepreneurial projects.