Executive Director

A native South Carolinian from Orangeburg, Vanity Jenkins is buoyed by her deep ties to her native state and Midwestern roots. Vanity spent her formative years in Coralville, Iowa while her father was in school pursuing his MFA at The University of Iowa. She has been guided by a lifelong commitment to equity for children in underserved communities. A graduate of Rutgers University, she has served as a classroom teacher, 5th-8th grade level reading specialist, teacher coach, and a senior leader for the South Carolina region of Teach For America during which she led her teams to outpace national goals by over 30%. Additionally, she holds a M. Ed. in elementary education. Vanity is bolstered by the hope that the work she does will one day lead to the dismantlement of systems of oppression and that there will exist a world in which all children and communities thrive. Vanity Jenkins previously served as the Senior Managing Director of Culturally Relevant Design for Teaching Trust, an organization that works to develop school leadership teams, principals, and executive directors in Dallas, TX.

Principal

As a veteran public educator, Dr. Amy Crouse has enjoyed serving students and families in a wide variety of settings in Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education in her home state from Indiana University.  She also holds a M. Ed. in educational leadership and an Ed. D. in urban educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati.  She taught everything from first grade to middle school before becoming a school administrator.  Dr. Crouse has been both a building level principal and a central office administrator with a focus on teaching and learning.  In addition, she has been a featured conference presenter and contributing author to multiple publications. Dr. Crouse is thrilled to join the CWC Cincinnati team as the founding principal and looks forward to building a school culture based on the values of excellence, diversity, authenticity, community, and change.

Director of Operations

Ashley Felts has lived in the Cincinnati area for the past six years. She started her career in education as an AmeriCorps member during her tenure at Hampton University. She currently holds a Master’s Degree from Northern Kentucky University and is in pursuit of her Ed.D from the University of Dayton. She has experience working in K-12 and Higher Ed spaces to focus on youth development and equip students with the knowledge and resources to reach their full leadership capacity. Ashley considers herself to be a lifelong learner and continuously seeks opportunities to expand her worldview to help build equitable education systems for under-resourced communities. She enjoys traveling to spend time with her friends and family.

Director of Family Engagement

Deaunna Watson was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. As a first-generation college graduate, Deaunna firmly believes the words of Maya Angelou: “Education helps one cease being intimidated by strange situations.” It is no surprise that Deaunna started her professional career in the classroom, cultivating and facilitating learning environments that empowered her students to be critical thinkers, independent learners, and agents of change in their communities. Her initial commitment to Cincinnati came by way of Teach for America where she served as a 5-6 English Language Arts teacher from 2016 to 2018. Deaunna returned home to her alma mater where she taught English Language Arts for three years while completing a fellowship with the National Equity Project and earning a M. Ed. in Health and Wellness. She is excited to recommit to Cincinnati and looks forward to engaging with families and community members within the Madisonville community.

CWC Cincinnati and its top-notch staff will be part of a national network, which will provide expertise, resources and best practices. CWC Cincinnati be led by a local non-profit board of directors, and local school leadership. This combination of national expertise and local talent, combined with an active parent base engaged in their children’s education, will lay the platform for success.

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