Aiyeshia Wong is the co-founder and Executive Director for the CICS Global Leaders Initiative Micro-Lab. As a 2019 CICS Education Entrepreneur Fellow, she worked to reimagine classroom design and close the opportunity gap for underrepresented students in Chicago. In her roles as a teacher and leader, Aiyeshia has educated students, designed culturally inclusive curricula, coached teachers, and transformed school culture for the past nine years. She has also launched travel abroad programs across multiple Chicago schools serving students of color from under-resourced communities. Aiyeshia began her career in education as a high school reading teacher in Miami, Florida with Teach for America.
Aiyeshia holds a master's degree in education from the University of Miami. When Aiyeshia isn't supporting classroom innovation at CICS, you will 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 Micro-Lab and the Director of STEAM, where he works with communities to 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 artistic expression. Michael's passion can be traced back to Wrightwood Elementary School, where he worked on real-world, scientific learning and created a game-making club to teach students 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. Michael is also developing new school models at CICS and, in his spare time, relaxing with friends, playing basketball at the park or back at home in Michigan with his family.
Dr. Richard Glass is the founder and Chief Learning Officer of CICS' Boy’s Lab, a rigorous academic program, supplemented by experiential learning, and 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, Dr. Glass being interviewed by WGCI 107.5 discussing CICS Boy's Lab or the Walton Family Foundation video higlighting Boy's Lab innovation.
An experienced and committed classroom teacher and educational leader, Dr. Richard 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 direct operated campuses. Previously she served as the CEO of Chicago Rise at Lloyd Bond and was 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 in 2019, Stephanie transformed the culture and learning communities at CICS Lloyd Bond.