• Meet the Right At School Team

    Learn About Our Exemplary Educators and Staff
    • Mark Rothschild

      Founder and CEO

      “We built Right At School in 2011 to provide exceptional before and after school enrichment programs inside elementary schools across the country. Our mission is to inspire a love of learning and a commitment to healthy living, and we have the great honor to work with more than 15,000 students every day across the country.

      Our deep expertise in building and managing fun and meaningful student enrichment programs makes us the preferred choice for school districts seeking to maximize out-of-school time for their students, and for parents looking for the best possible programs for their children.

      I am so proud of the team we have built to serve your students. Welcome to Right At School.”

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    • Adam Case

      Chief Services Officer

      “My work in education and government, from the Chicago Public Schools to the White House, has made it clear to me that nothing matters more than the education we provide our children. I’m thrilled to be part of an organization that provides high-quality educational enrichment in a fun, exciting atmosphere and instills students with the love of learning that is so critical to their success.”

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    • Pat Heibel

      Chief Operating Officer

      “More than a decade ago, I began work in the education industry and knew I had made the right career choice. Nothing is more rewarding than observing children participating in Right at School programs that I have contributed to, and seeing them learn and grow and, most importantly, having fun! Throughout my experience in education, I have found that out-of-school time learning can be some of the most impactful learning for a child to have. Because not all children learn the same way, Right at School is able to provide children alternative ways of learning through our passionate educators running high quality and enriching programs.”

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    • Jill Anderson

      Regional Director of Operations

      “Since I was a young woman I have always been passionate about impacting today’s youth from babysitting, volunteering, being a camp counselor, to having 20+ years experience in out-of-school time for young people. I consider myself lucky to be able to lead programs that provide children with the opportunity improve their intellectual development, further develop their social-emotional skills and be able to have an opportunity for physical activity plus extra-curricular classes. I am so excited to be part of this team knowing that everyone who is part of Right At School is dedicated to providing children with a fun, enriching and engaging out-of-school time experience.”

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    • Cindy Lawson

      West Coast Director of Education Relations

      “I’ve always had a love for children and knew that someday I would work with them in some capacity. I ended up getting my degree in Child Development and have been working with children of all ages the past 20 years. Education is the key to success, and it has the power to change the world. It has been my passion to make a difference, and here at Right At School, We ARE!!! We are impacting the lives of thousands of children by providing them a safe, enriched, and fun program to attend after school. We go the extra MILE to make learning fun! I’m dedicated to help spread the word about our amazing programs and for us to become a leader in the industry.”

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    • Julie Lyon

      Director of School Partnerships

      “I am passionate about empowering young children to strengthen their self esteem and confidence, and proud to be part of a movement dedicated to this goal. I have fifteen years of experience overseeing summer and after school enrichment programs and am committed to ensuring that our team works closely with principals and parents to provide a high quality, engaging programs aligned with each school’s academic goals and culture.”

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    • Leah Oliva

      Regional Director of Operations

      “I entered the education field because I wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of children and working families. As a working parent who relied on quality before- and after-school care for many years, I know that the value of education does not stop in the classroom. I consider it a great privilege and responsibility to be a part of guiding a child toward academic and personal success during the important out-of-school-time hours. At Right At School, our programs ignite inquisitiveness, promote healthy living, and inspire a love of learning while building confidence, creativity, and character… the “right way”! I am proud to be part of a team of educators who genuinely care about the children and families we serve.”

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    • Katie Schwarz

      Communications Director

      “My experience as a teacher has shown me that our students need and deserve more than to simply be kept busy–they need to be physically and mentally engaged. I love being part of Right At School because we focus on the well-being of the whole child: mental, physical, and emotional. Right at School proves that learning and fun can–and should–go together!”

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    • Michele Wilkens

      Director of Education and Training

      “For over 20 years in education and psychology, I’ve been privileged to serve as a teacher, school leader, Montessori trainer, college professor, counselor, and more. Experience has taught me the key to positively impacting youth and families relies upon working with exceptional colleagues of integrity who share my lifelong love of learning – the kind I have at RAS. As a working mom who has depended upon afterschool, summer, and enrichment programs, it’s an honor to extend this same support to your family during these busy, critical years when it truly ‘takes a village.’ Though I’ve seen model programs nationwide, my heart positively leaps when I step into an RAS program — the sheer JOY of RAS children is simply unmatched!”

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    • JR Alderman

      Curriculum Manager

      “The importance of education was instilled in me at a very early age. My love of learning eventually led me to studying Elementary Education at Georgia State University. After college, I began a decade-long career as an elementary classroom teacher. My time as a teacher taught me that children need the support of caring and passionate adults. Right At School is comprised of people just like this. By providing meaningful, fun learning experiences in a safe, nurturing environment we show students that learning is a fulfilling and life-long process.”

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    • Aaron Heddy

      HR Generalist

      “I find it rewarding to coach young minds while empowering all ages to critically think and become confident in their own decisions. Watching a student become a teacher and continue the cycle of innovative learning is the true indicator of educational achievement.”

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    • Jennifer Neubauer

      Lead Customer Care Representative

      “Since I was a young girl, I’ve always been passionate about the arts and music. I lived in a world of dreams and creativity! When I first heard of Right At School I couldn’t believe everything this wonderful company offers! Seeing the children become so enthusiastic about everything from guitar lessons to Mandarin lessons and our brilliant Educators in action, makes me incredibly proud and happy to be a part of the Right At School team!”

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    • Marissa Subar

      Engagement Manager

      I’ve always been taught that family is the most important thing in life. What I love about Right At School is that we are able to build our own family, region by region, state by state, city by city, in the comfort and safety of a child’s own school. After receiving a Masters in Human Development & Family Studies from Indiana University (go Hoosiers) and having worked in the field of youth programming for over a decade, I’ve been able to see how LEARNING and feeling SAFE go hand-in-hand. It is an honor for me to watch Right At School programs turn into families all across the nation.

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    • Nina Thelen

      IT and Office Administrator

      “I have always loved working with children and have strived to make a meaningful impact in their lives. Although I have a background in science, my path has always led me back to childcare and education. I’ve been a babysitter, camp counselor, teachers’ aide, nanny, and chemistry tutor. Each and every one of those experiences has been so fulfilling. When I found Right At School, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to once again work with kids. As a former Educator and Program Manager, I got a first hand look at the incredible way that Right At School brings joy to children. It is truly inspiring to see what young minds can create when you give them the right tools. I am so proud and happy to be part of such an amazing team!”

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    • Candace Bennett

      Area Manager, Indiana

      “As a former Resource Department Paraprofessional at Waterloo Elementary, and a parent of McKenney-Harrison Elementary kids, I’m deeply connected with the school district in DeKalb, Indiana. My experience in schools and with after school and summer camp programs has taught me that nothing is more rewarding than watching the light bulb go off in a child’s eyes as they gain independence in a concept. I was drawn to Right At School’s commitment to social and emotional learning as I have a particular passion for helping children to develop their character and social responsibility.”

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    • Trina Berry

      Area Manager, New York

      “When I was 14 years old I volunteered in an after-school program that helped children learn music and dance. I knew from that point on that I wanted a career that was driven toward helping others. I’m passionate about building up our children with positive reinforcement, and was drawn to Right At School’s high-quality program: enriching curriculum, use of Positive Guidance as a discipline tool, focus on the social and emotional development of children. Right At School’s mission matches what I stand for and I’m excited to continue my work with children in an after-school capacity.”

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    • Kelly Christiel

      Area Manager, Chicago & Oak Park, Illinois

      “My mother was a Chicago Public School teacher, my father worked as an athletic director and supervisor for the Chicago Park District, and therefore it is befitting that I have chosen a career path that is a mixture of them both! I believe that education should inspire youth to dream, to believe in themselves, to be creative and to connect with their history, culture and communities. I believe that education should support youth not only academically but also physically, emotionally and socially. I have been fortunate to work in schools and youth organizations in the Chicagoland area that believe in educating the entire child. I am excited to continue my journey with Right At School!”

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    • Chris Dino

      Area Manager, Chicago, Illinois

      “I am passionate about all the various ways we are impacting youth to strengthen and improve their social-emotional development, physical health and extra-curricular experience. As an educator at heart and a parent, I am excited and proud to be part of an organization that is aligned with providing top-notch educational enrichment and healthy-fit recess programs. I bring 10 years of youth development experience to Right At School and am dedicated to ensuring that we have a productive and caring team at each of our schools.”

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    • Trista Eng

      Area Manager, Idaho

      “Having grown up in a family with two working parents and now being a working parent myself, I understand the importance of high-quality after-school programs. I appreciate that Right At School is a locally-focused organization that forms true partnerships with schools in local communities. I look forward to building lasting relationships that positively impact the families and communities that we serve. We truly have the opportunity to change lives, and I am proud to be a part of this team.”

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    • Hayley Garcia

      Area Manager, Oklahoma

      “I have always been passionate about quality education and intentional learning. The Right At School programs offer education enrichment programs with diverse, robust and fun curriculum. I have had the ability to see these programs in action first hand and I have never been so thankful and humbled to be part of a company truly making a difference in education. I’m thrilled to be a part of education programs that can truly have an impactful change on the quality of education in Oklahoma.”

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    • Sheryl Gittings-Randall

      Area Manager, Idaho

      “After college, I found a passion in early childhood education. I spent 5 years teaching preschool and more than 15 years in management in early childhood education, and I love all aspects of the early years. I love giving families the sense of security of quality early childhood education, and I love seeing a child’s face light up when he has mastered a new skill or makes a new friend. I am delighted to be part of a team that is dedicated to bringing quality education and enrichment to the children in our communities.”

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    • LaShanda Jackson

      Area Manager, Texas

      “Teaching is all I have ever wanted to do since I was a child. I joined Right At School because I believe that all children can learn, and I am here to help them become the best they can be! I am moved by Right At School’s mission and the strong relationships they build as an organization with families, school administrators, and the local community. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of an organization that fills children’s days with meaningful activities and inspires a love of learning and fun.”

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    • Evin Johnson

      Area Manager, Chicago

      “There is something miraculous about being a part of the cultivation and self-awakening of a child. It is through exposure to the myriad of thrills that this life has to offer, that children discover who they are and charter the path to the greatness for which they are destined. These moments occur spontaneously; sometimes through books, other times through art, games, conversation or a connection with someone who believes in their infinite potential. I take great joy in facilitating programs that invite those moments and shape our world.”

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    • Penny Leclercq

      Area Manager, Chicago Suburbs

      “I have always had great appreciation of the energy and excitement that is a natural part of being a child. Their enjoyment of simple things such as finger painting or playground games are a hoot to observe when I visit programs. I was drawn to the way Right At School makes out-of-school time not only fun but a learning opportunity. These programs enhance children’s academic and social and emotional growth. I’m a firm believer that when children receive that kind of support early on they will often seek opportunities later to grow and learn, thus creating a lifelong learner.”

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    • Mike Perrin

      Area Manager, Chicago, Illinois

      “I love working with kids! I am happy that Right At School can offer families a variety of activities for children to discover their interests and talents. I love to travel and value always being open to new experiences. I lived in Japan where I taught English immersion classes to children and was also the Regional Teacher Trainer where I led my international team with area trainings on curriculum development & teaching techniques. I earned my TEFL Certificate from ViaLingua Crete, Greece, and also participated in WWOOF in New Zealand. I have implemented and managed school programs in both the Chicagoland and Washington DC Metro regions, and I am excited to share my love of travel, culture and healthy living to encourage a love of lifelong learning! I look forward to working with parents, school administrators and fellow educators to inspire generations of well-rounded citizens!”

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    • LeeAnne Robbins

      Area Manager, Dunlap & Germantown Hills, Illinois

      “I am truly passionate about educating the youth and impacting their lives. During the past decade, I have worked in the education industry and I can say ‘I have enjoyed the journey!’ My most rewarding part of my ‘journey’ comes from watching the children become life-long learners, socially responsible citizens, and active participants in the ever-changing world. When I saw the advertisement for Right At School, I knew I wanted to be a part of a team that is dedicated to provide safe, engaging, and meaningful in-school and extracurricular programs to enrich the lives of students, give parents peace of mind, and enable schools to focus on their academic mission. I am blessed to be a part of an organization that goes that extra MILE to enrich the lives of children.”

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    • Janelle Romero

      Area Manager, Chicago suburbs

      With over 16 years of experience in program development and management in out-of-school-time programming for youth, I’m endlessly energized by watching children discover their potential. One of the most rewarding aspects of this experience is working with children, families, and school staff from all different communities and cultures. I truly believe in the community-building potential of out-of-school-time programming, and I strive to build strong partnerships with schools, families, and local communities.”

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    • LaToya Thomas

      Area Manager, Texas

      “Having studied Sociology and Counseling at the University of North Texas, Denton campus, I wanted a career that would allow me to use my education and expertise and be a strong leader, but that would nurture my desire for innovation and fun! This, along with my love for children, led me to Right At School. Creating meaningful relationships with schools, families, and the community is extremely important to me. I am excited to be a part of a company that shares my values and supports both my professional and personal growth.”

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    • Hannah Viera

      Area Manager, Chicago, Illinois

      “My passion for helping children began early, and a career in the education field was so natural for me. I love to inspire children to want to learn, be a positive role model, and make learning fun! I strongly believe that learning should be a passion rather than viewed as a task. What attracted me to Right At School is the mission to educate the whole child. Every child has a preferred way of learning and I’m proud to be part of an organization that provides high quality enrichment programs that cater to the individual’s learning style.”

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    • Christy Walker

      Area Manager, Ohio

      “While working as a Dean of Students in the Chicago Public Schools, I became fascinated about the factors that determine success for students early on in their academic career. While developing and overseeing student engagement programs, I came to truly appreciate the learning and development process that occurs outside of the classroom. This is why I was so drawn to Right At School’s values and enriching curriculum that are the backbone of our programs. My parents always told me to do something that I love and find meaningful, and I am so fortunate to have found that in my role as an Area Manager.”

    • Diana Allain

      Customer Care Specialist

      “I have always had a strong sense of family and a deep love for children. I have also worked with the public for many years. So to bring this experience from all these different directions has served to ground me in my strong work ethic of being honest, human, and to dignify all I come in contact with whether on a personal or professional level. So it is truly a pleasure to use all that I have learned to serve and assist those who have become members of our ever growing RAS family.”

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    • Lamont Harrison

      Customer Service Representative

      As a child, I had some of the most amazing memories of being involved in an after-school program. Now as a adult I get to provide our families with outstanding customer service that aligns with our company values. I feel truly blessed to be a part of a company that models excellence and provides such amazing programs. I look forward to my growth here at Right At School, I’m even more excited about the journey I am on.”

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    • Robert Henderson

      Senior Customer Service Representative

      “Growing up with two working parents I was placed in my elementary school’s after-school care. I loved the sense of community that program brought me and the other children. I love working at Right At School today and being able to provide that safe space for children of this generation. Working in customer service I have the pleasure of serving parents from all over the country, and as an educator I was able to work with children directly in the community. Working with Right At School has been one of the most fulfilling professional experiences of my life. Everyday is a fun new challenge and adventure!”

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