Christopher Lalley – Principal
Mr. Lalley has 20 years of education experience. Worked nine years as a teacher in the US and Korea. 12 years as a Principal in the American school system and recently was the Director of Academic Programs for an International School in China. Besides his experience as a Principal, he served eight years in the US military and 13 years with the McDonald’s Corporation before pursuing a career in education. Bringing international and U.S. experience, Mr. Lalley is excited to help AMSA students become multi-lingual, global thinkers.
LaShawna Cox – Assistant Principal
Originally from Detroit, Mrs. Cox has always had a passion for education and working with children. She began her career managing a non-profit organization for children. She eventually began working in education as a teacher in 2008 and has taught students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. She has also held positions as an Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach.
Susan Gibson – Assistant Principal
Mrs. Susan Gibson has 29 years of education experience. She worked 14 years as a teacher in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. She has been in Education Administration for 15 years as a Curriculum Director, Federal Programs Director and Principal. She is excited to be part of the Academy of Math and Science Avondale community.
Kenneth Smith – Dean of Students
Kenneth Kenneth Smith Smith has been working in education for over 15 years starting in 2004, he has been an Instructional Aide, Reading & Math Interventionist, Elementary Teacher 3-8, High School History Teacher, and before joining Avondale, a Director of Student Affairs. Kenneth has a background in non-profit, Community Organizing, and Counseling, which are tools necessary to serve the needs of the Avondale community. He is looking forward to serving the needs of all students.
Bryonia Ross – Instructional Coach
My name is Bryonia Ross. I am honored to serve the AMS Avondale family as an Instructional Coach for the 2020-2021 school year! I have 10 years of education experience. I have taught in the private, public, and charter school sectors. I am a firm believer that not every child fits into the same mold. I have a passion for collaborating with teachers, to increase their skills and understanding of how to meet the individual educational needs of scholars, by teaching the total child. It is my goal to support teachers in providing learning experiences for scholars that are engaging, meaningful, and relevant.