The Rooted Team

Watch the video above to get to know our founders, teachers, and staff.

Jonathan Johnson

Founder & CEO

  • Responsible for Rooted's vision, strategy, hiring, and fundraising
  • Award-winning, former Social Studies teacher
  • Fellow in Echoing Green, Camelback Ventures, and New Schools Venture Fund
  • Chapman University - B.A.

Frank Ingargiola

  • One of Rooted's Founding Assistant School Leaders
  • He is leading in creating and managing intuitive systems for collecting, tracking and reporting student and staff academic and cultural progress.
  • Frank joins Rooted after working as a consultant and serving as an Adjunct Lecturer in English at Union County College.
  • Frank also enjoyed a very successful thrity-five year career as an educator and principal in both New York and New Jersey.
  • In six years as a Principal of Pequannock Township High School, he helped increase Language Arts & Literacy scores by 143% and Math scores by 83%. The school was recognized as the number 25 high school in the State of New Jersey and one of the top 100 high schools in America.
  • Fordham University - B.A.
  • Columbia University - M.A. 
  • City University of New York - M.Ed.

Kaitlin Karpinski

  • One of Rooted's Founding Assistant School Leaders
  • Kaitlin joins us after being a principal of an 8th - 12th grade charter school in Gary, Indiana.
  • Kaitlin will head much of the curriculum development and instructional coaching on our team.
  • During her service, Kaitlin was able to increase her school's letter grade from F to a C+ in two years. 
  • She helped in rebuilding efforts after Katrina and has recently made New Orleans her permanent home.
  • University of Hawaii - M.Ed.
  • Wilkes University - B.A.

Adrien Maught


  • Rooted's Founding Chief Operations Officer
  • Responsible for Rooted’s operational framework
  • Entrepreneur and former Education Pioneers Fellow
  • Former Spanish teacher and baseball coach
  • Tulane - M.B.A. 
  • Sewanee - B.A. 

Brittany Jayroe

  • Rooted's Founding Humanities Teacher
  • Brittany was most recently a Social Studies Department Chairperson at Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School
  • Texas State University - B.A.
  • Relay Graduate School of Education - M.A.

Talia Livneh

  • Rooted's Founding Math Teacher
  • She recently completed her fourth year teaching Geometry at ReNew Accelerated High School here in New Orleans.
  • 96% of her students passed last year - 57% goods and excellents
  • An adored member of the Teach For America family, Talia was known for an unquenchable thirst to grow as an educator and build community.
  • Carnegie Mellon - B.S.

Louisa Mink

  • Rooted's Founding Special Education Teacher
  • Prior to Rooted, she completed her fourth year teaching Math and Special Education at Phillis Wheatley Community School in New Orleans.
  • Louisa was leading the local network of ANET schools in 8th grade math instruction.
  • Columbia University - B.A.

Ryan Stivers

  • Rooted's Founding Developer Coach
  • Ryan was previously an educational consultant and pursuing his Master's at Columbia SPA. Before that, he was a Dean of Student Experience, Instructional Coach, and Director of Orientation at ReNew Accelerated High School. Known for his ability to build systems and structures, Ryan will establish the foundational systems our students will need to follow in order to access the complex set of tech skills at their disposal at Rooted. Ryan will also do tech project teaching. A Pisces (but you wouldn't know it), he apparently hosts a great St. Patty's Day party.
  • College of Lake County - Assoc.
  • Lake Forest College - B.A.
  • Teachers College - Columbia University - M.A.

Christina LeBlanc

  • Rooted's Founding Operations Manager
  • Christina was most recently a School Choice Advisor for the Recovery School District where she helped New Orleans families find schools that met their child's needs.
  • Over nine years of experience in data management in schools and event planning
  • Christina manages the day-to-day needs behind the scenes that keep our school on pace to achieve our ambitious mission
  • University of New Orleans - B.A.

Board of Directors

Rooted is supported by a great group of thought leaders. For more on our board, click here.

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