Aiyeshia Wong is the co-founder and Executive Director for the CICS Global Leaders Initiative microlab. She was a 2019 CICS Education Entrepreneur Fellow who worked to reimagine classroom design and close the opportunity gap for underrepresented students in Chicago. As a teacher and leader, Aiyeshia has spent the past nine years educating students, designing culturally inclusive curricula, coaching teachers, and transforming school culture. She has also launched travel abroad programs across multiple Chicago schools serving students of color from under-resourced commuities. Aiyeshia began her career in education as a high school reading teacher in Miami, Florida for Teacher for America.
Aiyeshia holds a Master's degree in Education from the University of Miami. When Aiyeshia isn't busy supporting classroom innovation at CICS, you will likely find her wobbling through a yoga class or spending time with her loving husband and lively daughter.
Michael Bota is the co-founder of Global Leaders Initiative microlab and the Director of STEAM, where he works with communities to help create the next generation of global citizens and social entrepreneurs.. He was selected as a CICS' Educational Entrepreneur Fellow for 2019. As a Fellow, he specialized in problem-based learning, cultivating resourcefulness, and articstic expression. Michael's passion for helping gather support can be traced back to Wrightwood Elementary, where he spent significant time working on real-world, scientific learning and created a game-making club to teach basic computer skills.
Michael spent last summer in Israel, developing techniques to teach English to Hebrew speaking children. He earned a Master of Arts in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from The University of Michigan. When he isn't busy, Michael is developing new school models at CICS, relaxing with friends, playing baseball at the park, or back at home in Michigan with his family.
Dr. Richard Glass is founder a Chief Learning Officer of CICS' Boy’s Lab, a rigorous academic program supplemented by experiential learning, focused on preparing its students to successfully transition to Chicago’s highly competitive selective enrollment high schools. Check out the Boy's Lab innovation spotlight video or watch Dr. Glass being interviewed by WGCI 107.5 and discussing CICS Boy's Lab.
An experienced and committed classroom teacher and educational leader, Dr. Rcihard Glass was the former principal of Urban Prep’s Bronzeville Campus, which earned consecutive Level 1 ratings under his leadership. In 2016, he was the first charter school principal selected to serve as a prestigious Chicago Principal Fellow. He has also served as a principal and assistant principal within the Chicago Public School system.
Stephanie Crosier is the Chief Learning Officer at Chicago International Charter School where she oversees three of our direct operated campuses. She was previously the CEO of Chicago Rise at Lloyd Bond and a CICS Educational Entrepreneur Fellow in 2018. Check out the NBC 5 video on Stephanie and ChicagoRise. In 2016-18, Stephanie led the turnaround of CICS ChicagoQuest as an assistant principal and, through her work as an Education Entrepreneur fellow, Stephanie transformed CICS Lloyd Bond in 2019.