Staff

Bobbi Macdonald, Executive Director

Bobbi is a founder and served as the first board president of City Neighbors Charter School. She was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of 16 leaders from across the country for the Children and Family Fellowship. Bobbi serves on the Advisory Board of Convergence: Re-imagining Education Project, on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Bank and is past Chair and founding member of the Maryland Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Baltimore Education Coalition. Previously Bobbi taught early childhood education and kindergarten in two University child development laboratory schools, and served as literacy trainer for Head Start and the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Bobbi received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Human Development and Family Ecology, and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in Curriculum and Instruction.

bmacdonald@cityneighbors.org

Mike Chalupa, Academic Director

Mike served as principal of City Neighbors Charter School for eight years and as Academic Director of the City Neighbors Foundation since its inception in 2010. Previously, he developed programming for immigrant and homeless youth in Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County, taught grades 4-8 in Olney, Md., and served as Executive Director of The GreenMount School, a progressive K-8 independent school in Baltimore. Mike has a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in English and History, and a Masters in educational leadership from Harvard University.

mchalupa@cityneighbors.org

Rob Noble, Accountant

Rob is a founder of City Neighbors Charter School and treasurer of the Board. He has expertise in financial management, process management, quality control management, reporting systems and design and data analysis. As principal of REN Consulting Services, he has worked extensively as a financial consultant with many charter schools in the Baltimore area.

renoble@verizon.net

Stephanie King, Business Coordinator

Stephanie has nearly 20 years experience developing, creating, and implementing administrative protocols and procedures for grassroots schools. She served as the office coordinator of The GreenMount School, a private progressive school in Baltimore. As a founding staff member of City Neighbors Hamilton, she has worked with all City Neighbors schools, as well as City Neighbors Foundation, since 2008. Stephanie is known for her ability to identify, coordinate and implement strong organizational systems.

sking@cityneighborshamilton.org

Justin Eames, Fab Lab Creator & Director of Technology

Justin has taught in Baltimore City for the past twelve years.  Beginning his career in elementary education, he soon realized that he had a talent and passion for educational technology.  Justin spent the next several years teaching computer technology in local middle and high schools.  Justin has been an advocate for the power that comes with pairing developmentally appropriate technology with classroom instruction and has been involved with several local groups that share this vision.  Justin serves on the board of the local non-profit Code in the Schools, which advocates for the inclusion of computer programming into all levels of K-12 instruction.  Justin was also an inaugural fellow in the Digital Harbor Foundation’s EdTech Link program.  Justin holds Bachelor’s Degree from The College of William and Mary in Philosophy and a Professional Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University.

jeames@cityneighborshighschool.org

Community Members

Sue Fothergill, Advocacy Chair

Sue is a senior policy associate for Attendance Works, an implementation partner for the Grade Level Reading Campaign. Her responsibilities include managing Attendance Works’ Network to Advance State Attendance Policy and Practice (NASAP), a network of more than 100 organizations from 25 states and the District of Columbia, as well as providing technical assistance at the local and state level. Prior to joining Attendance Works, Sue served as the director of the Baltimore Student Attendance Campaign. Her earlier positions include owner of educationRISING LLC, advocate with the ACLU of Maryland’s Education Reform Project, and co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition. Sue holds a B.A. in Public Policy from University of Baltimore.

Will DuBois, Esq., Advisor to the Board

Will’s practice focuses on regulatory and appellate litigation concerning energy, environmental, and education law. In his energy practice, he represents utilities and power producers in state regulatory matters. He also represents clients in environmental matters under the Clean Air Act, facility siting laws ,and other federal and state environmental laws. He has an active education law practice, focused on litigation and contract negotiations on behalf of Maryland charter schools. He is the 2014 Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section and, since 2005, has been a member of the Board of the Maryland Charter School Network. In 2005, Will received the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center’s prestigious Pro Bono Service Award, honoring his extensive work on behalf of City Neighbors and other organizations working to establish charter schools. J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School 2003, B.A., University of Maryland 1999.

School Leadership

Cheyanne Zhart, City Neighbors High School Principal

Cheyanne brings a wealth of experience in working with teachers, students, and parents.  She has demonstrated a strong stand for children, teachers, families and our mission and vision during her past five years as Assistant Principal at City Neighbors High School.    Before joining City Neighbors, Cheyanne was a teacher in Baltimore City Schools through Teach for America and then a Teacher and the Director of Transition and Student Development at Academy for College and Career Exploration High School.   She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Religion from Pacific Lutheran University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and Development from George Washington University. 

czahrt@cityneighborshighschool.org

Obidimma Okobi, City Neighbors Hamilton Principal

Obi has worked in education for 12 years in various capacities, including tutor, sports coach, community outreach coordinator, and lead classroom teacher. She graduated with departmental honors in art and architectural history from Wesleyan University before completing her first master’s degree program in urban studies at Southern Connecticut State University, where she focused on multi-generational communities in New Haven, Connecticut. Shortly thereafter, Obi completed her teacher training through the Baltimore City Teaching Residency while teaching at Waverly Elementary/Middle School. She also taught at The Park School of Baltimore. Most recently, Obi received her Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

ookobi@cityneighborshamilton.org

Kate Seidl, City Neighbors Charter School Principal

Kate possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Society from Brown University and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She is currently pursuing a second Masters in Educational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University and is set to graduate in October. Previous to her tenure at City Neighbors, Kate taught in Hayward and Oakland, California and in Bloomington, Indiana. She also served as an adjunct Faculty Member at Indiana University School of Education. Kate has a rich history at City Neighbors. Kate has served as the Literacy Specialist and Librarian at City Neighbors, taught in classrooms from K-8, worked as Substitute Principal in cases where one was needed, served as creator and director of the City Neighbors Childrens’ Summer Camp, has served on innumerable committees (Diversity and Inclusion, Finance, Governance, Teacher Hiring, Scheduling and more), run countless clubs and extracurricular activities, has been a parent of two CNCS graduates, and has contributed to CNCS in countless ways.

kseidl@cityneighbors.org