Our Vision

The LIFE School is an innovative school in Atlanta, where students learn through passion projects and hands-on academic work.

As a LIFE Learner, our students start businesses, intern with companies, take project-based courses and partake in off-site experiences, allowing them the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma in a non-traditional and nurturing environment.

Our Mission

The mission of The LIFE School is to overhaul the traditional learning model and equip students to discover and pursue their interests and goals by putting the student in the driver's seat, engaging them in dynamic learning experiences, and developing them as leaders and thinkers.

Our Team

We have a dynamic team with a passion for education innovation. 

Mikala Streeter

Founding Principal
Mikala is an experienced educator who is committed to empowering students from all backgrounds. Over the last 7 years, Mikala has taught middle and high school computer science and math courses, designed curriculum, and coached teachers around the world. 
Prior to founding The LIFE School, she co-founded an educational technology company focused on college access. She is also a 4.0 Schools Fellow and a SXSWedu conference speaker. 
She has a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Education (Learning, Design, and Technology) from Stanford University. 
Khabral Muhammad

Khabral Muhammad

Khabral is an experienced educator, who brings a wide variety of skills in STEM and the arts, as well as a deep understanding of how important it is to instill a love of learning in children.

Daly Jolly

Daly Jolly

Daly discovered a love for mathematics while studying engineering in his early college years. He possesses an enthusiasm for solving difficult problems and a love of teaching.

Sachiko Kogure

Sachiko Kogure

Sachiko has taught Japanese all over the world and brings an enthusiasm to share the Japanese language and culture with our students.

Katherine Martinez

Katherine Martinez

Katherine Martinez was born in Chile and has been teaching Spanish and English since 2003 in the U.S. as well as the United Kingdom, Chile and currently in France. She likes creative, hands-on activities where students can learn by doing.

Anissa Picard

Anissa Picard

Anissa Picard, born in the United States, showed a passion for French at a very young age, and was lucky enough to study in Lyon, France and afterwards to live and teach English there for several years. She likes to integrate projects that include cultural activities, music, art, and cuisine from Francophone countries.

Mama Kiri

Mama Kiri

As an educator, her goal is to empower students to become self-directed learners while learning through their particular cultural lens. With her Masters in Literacy and Childhood Education at Bank Street College of Education, NYC, and her B.A. in African American Studies at Georgia State University, Mama Kiri brings years of experience to the program.

Olabisi Thompson

Olabisi Thompson is the Office Manager and self-proclaimed “glitter-glue” of The LIFE School. A published children’s book author, illustrator and an overall master problem solver, Olabisi has worked with students for over 10 years as a mentor and creative arts instructor. Areas of interest that Olabisi is passionate about include mental health and wellness, team building, the superpower of self-awareness, and creating environments that encourage expansive thinking. Any day of the school week, you will find Olabisi at the front desk with her pug puppy Nebula. As a bonus, Olabisi’s daughter attends The LIFE School Zucchini’s program and loves it! In addition to her work with The LIFE School, Olabisi is Marketing Director for CARES Consulting - a consulting firm for families of children with autism. In the near future, Olabisi intends to achieve a master’s degree in psychotherapy to better support young people through challenging and stressful times.

Keicha Barnum

Keicha Barnum is a freelance graphic designer, graduate of Lincoln University, PA and Founder and Director of BCR TechED. Her pursuits as an entrepreneur, Educator and STEAM Curriculum Creator has led her to design a more impactful framework for STEAM education that teaches students to learn by “doing”. For more than 10 years she has partnered with talented instructors, created innovative hands-on curriculum and brought the coolest technology to students who have never used a 3D printer, coded a drone, or even dreamed of creating a 3D animation. The result – a blueprint for a uniquely geeky educational community equipped to inspire the next generation of STEAM professionals.

Shikita Evans

Shikita was an undergrad student at Georgia Southern University when she realized she would enjoy teaching. As an autodidact or person who has a passion for lifelong learning, she taught herself human anatomy and physiology through visual presentation. Driven by personal and professional milestones like this, she has gone on to earn two Masters: one in Secondary Education and the other in Special Education. Passionate about teaching with love and creativity, there is a level of depth and richness in her teaching style that supports students where they are at, and engages them in a collaborative, meaningful, and sustainable way.

Abike Johnson

Abike E. Johnson is an early childhood education provider in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education. She is certified in both "Bright from the Start" and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Her love of children led her to her chosen profession. As an undergrad, she gained experience while interning at the L. Suttles Child Development Center and professional experience from Sheltering Arms Child Development Center. She specializes in both the social and emotional development of children, and applies her skills and experience to help the youth she works with, to better understand and prepare for the world around them.

Carla Contreras

Carla is a professional visual artist with a passion for education. She came to Atlanta in 2016 to pursue her Masters degree in Fine Arts at SCAD. "I believe that knowledge, experience and acquired skills are only relevant and transcendent when you share them with others. As an art teacher, I strive to sow in the minds and hearts of my students the importance of art, its role as a powerful and transformative practice to communicate ideas, and its beauty in the process of learning different ways to experience, understand and cope with the world around us."

Mama Kiri

As an educator, her goal is to empower students to become self-directed learners while learning through their particular cultural lens. With her Masters in Literacy and Childhood Education at Bank Street College of Education, NYC, and her B.A. in African American Studies at Georgia State University, Mama Kiri brings years of experience to the program.

Anissa Picard

Anissa Picard, born in the United States, showed a passion for French at a very young age, and was lucky enough to study in Lyon, France and afterwards to live and teach English there for several years. She likes to integrate projects that include cultural activities, music, art, and cuisine from Francophone countries.

Katherine Martinez

Katherine Martinez was born in Chile and has been teaching Spanish and English since 2003 in the U.S. as well as the United Kingdom, Chile and currently in France. She likes creative, hands-on activities where students can learn by doing.

Sachiko Kogure

Sachiko has taught Japanese all over the world and brings an enthusiasm to share the Japanese language and culture with our students.

Daly Jolly

Daly discovered a love for mathematics while studying engineering in his early college years. He possesses an enthusiasm for solving difficult problems and a love of teaching.

Khabral Muhammad

Khabral is an experienced educator, who brings a wide variety of skills in STEM and the arts, as well as a deep understanding of how important it is to instill a love of learning in children.

Community Partners

High Hog Farm
Greening Youth
Soccer in the Streets
Biologue
Notes for Notes

Board of Trustees

Denise W. Streeter, PhD, CPA
Denise W. Streeter, PhD, CPA

Denise is a finance professional and academic with over 30 years of experience in accounting, economics, and finance. She teaches business courses to students of all ages, in various formats, and has done so on three continents.

Hassan Hassan
Hassan Hassan

Hassan is an immigrant, engineer, investor and startup coach. He loves data and dumplings - and is always curious about new models for youth to take the reins of their learning.

Heather Turney
Heather Turney

Heather is a human-centered innovator. By day, she works on Nationwide's innovation team and by night, she develops platforms to spread design thinking tools to the masses.

Jarrett Coger
Jarrett Coger

Jarrett Coger is an educator and entrepreneur working with startups and companies in banking, e-commerce, fashion, education, and telecom.

Advisory Board

Educators and Innovators Across the Globe

Our Advisory Board is a dedicated group of professionals that regularly offer their expertise, network, and time to support the work of our school.

They are some of our biggest fans and we couldn't do this work without them.

As our school continues to grow, we are always looking to increase our network and would love to talk with other professionals interested in lending their wisdom.

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Chris Streeter
Chris Streeter

Non-profit Marketing Consultant

Chris Streeter

Chris Streeter

Non-profit Marketing Consultant

Press

It's been a privilege to discuss The LIFE School with many reputable news and media organizations.

Partners

Georgia Accrediting Commission
Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools
Center for Civic Innovation
4.0 Schools
Globals Shapers Community Atlanta
Agile Learning Center