Empowering Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs Today.

Proposed opening in 2025

The Simple Vue Academy’s mission is to create a sustainable pathway to entrepreneurship by providing scholars grade 6-12 with a STREAM based education, guidance on business and financial management and a village of support

SEEING THINGS WITH A SIMPLE VUE

The Simple VUE Academy is built upon a strong foundation of core principles, which serve as the pillars of our institution. These guiding principles are as follows:

When students have agency in their education, they become empowered to be in control. In our classrooms, we value student voice and choice. It means students can explore what they’re passionate about and share their ideas and opinions. Together, we make decisions and create lessons that matter to us.

We Are Stronger Together. Ubuntu, a bantu saying meaning “I am because we are.” We know that we can’t do everything alone. We rely on our community to support us as we learn and grow. We help each other on our journey to becoming the best we can be.

 

We take from Albert Bandura’s idea of “self-efficacy.” It means having confidence in ourselves and our abilities. When we believe in ourselves, we can make decisions and choose the right actions for ourselves. We have the power to take charge of our own learning and make choices that will help us succeed.

Show your support

We understand the value of your time, which is why we greatly appreciate the input of our community members and families regarding our school’s formation. The feedback we receive from surveys, including yours, has the power to directly impact the lives of thousands within our school community. By addressing educational challenges and beyond, your participation for just 7 minutes can make a significant difference in the lives of numerous individuals.

meet the co-design team

Nandi Edouard

Lead School Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Welcome to The Simple VUE Academy, where experienced leader Nandi Edouard guides our educational journey. Nandi brings a diverse range of expertise, including school leadership, governance, curriculum development, business management, operations execution, and parent and community engagement. With a background in educational leadership, teaching, and redesign in both Brooklyn, NY and Houston, TX, Nandi firmly believes in the coexistence of charter schools and public school systems, offering specialized and targeted curricula for students. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, Nandi is committed to leading an educational revolution. Join us at The Simple VUE Academy and be part of this transformative journey.

Seretha Mills

Literacy

Jovan Davis

Development

Veralyn Wen Bingham

Student Life

Dr. Jakeshialin Ohene-Nyako

Educator Growth and Development

Alexis Dulan

Outreach and Relationships

Gabriela Claro Juarez

Social and Emotional Development

Mercedes Liriano

Educator Pedagogy and Practice

In Partnership With

Seretha Mills

Literacy

Seretha Mills currently works as a second grade lead teacher at Dunbar Elementary school. She is an accomplished elementary school instructor with over 20+ years of improving educational and operational performance through vision, leadership, and team building. Her experience spans diverse school districts and includes 8 years of instructional coaching involvement complemented by several years of classroom experience. She received her master’s degree in  Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Adult Learning from Central Michigan University, she also received her Reading  Endorsement in May of 2019. She values building relationships to enhance content and instructional knowledge that increases student learning. She also serves as a mentor teacher for college students acquiring their degrees. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and was elected as the Factory Shoals Middle School PTA board secretary.

Jovan Davis

Development

Jovan Davis is an actor, creator, and educator. In high school, he attended magnet performing arts schools and developed a strong foundation in understanding the works of playwrights such as August Wilson and William Shakespeare. He went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College and pursued a professional stage career in DC, NY, and Atlanta, GA. He served as an educator for 5 years, finding inspiration in the adaptability skills it requires. Presently, he is a Constituent Advocate in the Office of Congresswoman Nikema Williams, where he aids and supports the Congresswoman and the residents of the “Fighting Fifth.” Davis is an advocate for mental health and encourages others to take care of themselves, whether it is through therapy or building a playlist of uplifting songs.

Veralyn Wen Bingham

Student Life

Veralyn Wen Bingham is a philosopher and entrepreneur creating ways for passion and critical thought to be part of our central culture. She is currently a 19 year old student at Spelman College, studying History with a minor in curatorial studies. As an artist at heart, she navigates her projects through a critical lens. Since 17, she has helped shape communities centered around educational reform, music, maternal advocacy, and critical thought. Her work reflects her need to reflect the world she and many others experience.

Dr. Jakeshialin Ohene-Nyako

Educator Growth and Development

Dr. Jakeshialin Ohene-Nyako is a current educator in Cobb County. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in grades K-5. During that time, she served as the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Specialist, Math Department Chair, and Grade Level Chair. She received her Doctorate and Specialist degrees from Liberty University in Curriculum & Instruction, a Master of Education in Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama, and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia.

Alexis Dulan

Outreach and Relationships

Alexis Dulan was an experience specialist at Slack, where she worked with customers to design and prepare people for new ways of working, increase product adoption, and elevate the maturity of Slack usage across the enterprise. Alexis presented at AfroTech 2020, a virtual conference for Black people in tech on behalf of Slack. She previously worked at Accenture for almost 4 years as a management consultant in both Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Metro area offices. Alexis graduated from Spelman College in 2016 with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. A native of Los Angeles, she enjoys traveling and attending live music events around the world. She is also an Investor Relations Fellow with Goodie Nation and a senior Venture capital fellow with HBCUvc.

Gabriela Claro Juarez

Social and Emotional Development

Gabriela Claro Juarez, is a first generation Latina. She grew up in Marietta, Georgia and is the oldest of 3 siblings. Her roots come from Mexico where her parents grew up and is proud of her Mexican descent. She attended Georgia State University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Educational Psychology. Right after graduation she worked in the non-profit sector for two years doing case management and crisis intervention with the minority community. In 2019 she started her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Georgia in their part-time professional route. In May of 2022 she graduated with her MSW and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. She is currently working towards her License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in the state of Georgia. She is passionate about helping others, specifically the younger generation in Georgia. Gabriela’s goal is to one day start a nonprofit in Georgia where she can provide mental health education and other resources minority communities may need here in Georgia. Gabriela is a Clinical Research Coordinator at Emory University and also works as a therapist. In her spare time Gabriela loves to spend time with her husband and her family. She loves the outdoors, meditation, and going on adventures. Her dream is to one day go to Europe and travel all over the world.

Mercedes Liriano

Educator Pedagogy and Practice

Mercedes Liriano is an Afro-Latina born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She has been teaching for 23 years; 17 of those years in the Bronx. 14 years in middle school teaching ELA/Reading & Social Studies to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. She has received her Masters in Education from Columbia University and Master of Science in Education from Fordham University. She is currently in Cobb County as an IRR/7th Grade Reading & ELA teacher and leads her school’s PLCs in ELA & Reading. Mercedes has also taught in Dekalb County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools for a total of 4 years. She is a mom of 3 beautiful children, 2 boys and 1 girl. Mercedes also hosts Culturally Responsive Educators Book Clubs where she highlights the stories of people of color in the realm of education.