Leadership Team

Kelly Krohn, Executive Director

Kelly Krohn has been the executive director for TEACH since 2013 and was involved with the organization as a volunteer for eight years prior to her current role. She has experience working with multicultural youth in many capacities, including the After School Kids Program in Washington D.C. which coordinated with D.C. courts to mentor adjudicated youth. Prior to TEACH Kelly also worked with the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), mentoring emerging young leaders from across the Middle East. Kelly graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a focus on international education.



Shannon Caleffe, Director of Operations

Shannon began working with TEACH as a coach in the fall of 2013. Shannon previously worked in Community Planning and Allocations with United Way and as a Public Affairs Organizer with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Her focus on community collaboration and women's health has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Shannon received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston with a focus on community organization and change. 



Grace Kim, Director of Development

Grace Kim has over twenty years of experience in the software industry. Recently, Grace consulted at Rice University, focusing on asset management and processes for a series of biochemistry MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course).  She was previously the Director of Software Engineering at Broderbund, the publisher of bestselling titles such as Myst, Carmen Sandiego  and Kidpix. She also consulted at Choicestream as a project manager for recommendation software, and at Nanogagliato, as a developer for nanotechnology educational programs. Grace earned her Bachelors and Masters from Brown University, and she has been an active alumna, serving as Co-President of her class, Regional Events Chair, “Association of Class Leaders” (ACL) boardmember and Houston’s Brown Alumni Interview Chair.  Grace is passionate about education, and previously served on the Board of Directors for TEACH and the Posse Foundation.



Taiam Simmons, Director of Principal Support

Taiam Simmons was a TEACH Principal during the 2014-2015 school year.  She experienced firsthand the positive impact that the TEACH curriculum, TEACH professional development sessions and principal mentoring meetings made on her campus culture and classroom management with first year teachers, veteran teachers and administrators.  She wants all teachers and administrators to have this vital information to maintain a safe and calm classroom environment in which students can excel.  She has spent 15 years in education as a principal, assistant principal, curriculum coordinator and elementary and middle school teacher.  She received her Master in Education degree from the University of St. Thomas.