Morty

Morty Ballen, CEO and Founder

After teaching in Louisiana, South Africa, and New York City, and seeing first-hand how school dramatically impacts a child’s trajectory, Morty founded Explore Charter School in 2002. Explore graduated its first group of 8th graders in 2008; since then 100% of graduates have been accepted to outstanding public, private and parochial high schools. Based on the demand in the Brooklyn community for more high-quality public education options, Morty founded Explore Schools in 2009.

Morty was a 1992 Teach for America corps member in Baker, Louisiana. He earned his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and his M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Our Team

 

Morty Ballen, CEO & Founder
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Christina Froeb, Interim Superintendent
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Carrie Mauer, Chief Operating Officer
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Melanie Alves da Silva Santos, Recruitment Manager
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Caitlin Ball, Executive Support Associate
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Christine Bannister, Finance Associate
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Sherquana Charles, Finance Manager
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Erica Coca, Recruitment Manager
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Christina Cotterell, Finance Manager
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Rebecca Daverin, Senior Director of Special Populations Compliance
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Ashley Dickens, Managing Director of Finance
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Ola Duru, Chief of Staff
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Gabrielle Haenn, Director of Strategy and Operations
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Meghan Hughes, External Affairs Manager
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Krista Jahn, Senior Director of Early Childhood Instruction
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Joana Ngo Hamaki, Managing Director of Operations
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Rachel Modica-Russell, Managing Director of Talent
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Alex Owens, Operations and Tech Manager
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Tahara Roberts, Recruitment Manager
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Ina Seok, Senior Director of Literacy
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Ryan Smith, Senior Director of Program Operations
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Jeremy Thomas, Director of Special Projects
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Lisa Weinstein, Literacy Specialist
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Jaime White, School Leadership Coach
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Rachel Wiley, Data and Operations Associate
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Jessica Willm, Senior Director of Math Curriculum and Instruction
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