Over the course of her personal and professional life, Dr. Linda Gibson Fletcher has served as a change agent. Dr. Linda Gibson Fletcher earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton. She has worked diligently in school districts across the United States to weed out and change the narrative that students of color could not perform at the same level as their counterparts.
During her tenure as a Principal and Superintendent, Dr. Gibson Fletcher utilized and presented extensively on Direct Instruction. She was able to, structurally and statistically, improve achievement scores of low-income impoverished students in buildings and districts on standardized and state tests.
She has a heart for people, especially children who are labeled “At Risk.” She challenges herself to help children and families reach the next milestone, ultimately empowering children to reach and surpass grade level standards and be as successful as possible. She creates environments for children to thrive and build their self-esteem so they will take the initiative to learn more and seek higher education opportunities on their own. Dr. Linda Gibson Fletcher has advocated, communicated, and demonstrated how to seamlessly implement and correlate all programs across all disciplines.
Dr. Gibson Fletcher has mentored the upcoming generation of educators by working as an Adjunct Professor and teaching courses in Instructional Leadership.
Throughout the year, Dr. Gibson Fletcher enjoys and take pride in tutoring and providing reading intervention for young children preparing for kindergarten. She recognizes that reading should be introduced to children as early as possible. She shares, “I believe that people matter. We make a difference, and we should be the first to love and to care for our community.”
Corey W.H. Tyson is a graduate of Eastmoor Academy High School in Columbus, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Miami University (In Ohio). He is currently working at Nationwide Financial as a Regional Vice President. He is responsible for annuity sales in Missouri and Southern Illinois. He enjoys assisting thousands of people as they transition into a secure retirement.
In Corey’s personal time, he values spending time with family and friends. He is intentional about his personal and professional growth. He trusts his close-knit family and friends with successes, decisions, and anticipated achievements. Along with his family, Corey’s personal belief is in God and respecting that daily viewpoint.
Corey’s life’s purpose is his passion for people and educating them on the experiences he’s lived. He believes sharing critical knowledge with people in less fortunate communities will empower, encourage, and excite their drive to succeed. He wishes to offer workshops, classes, and other services that will assist people with understanding their personal finances. He can be found helping friends, family and anyone who could use his support. Taking small daily steps is how Corey will create catalytic change amongst the people who need it most.
Inspire2Teach1, Inc. is grateful for Mr. Tyson offering his expertise in finance and working with diverse groups of people. Corey says, “I was born on Christmas Eve and I always thought I would do something special for people. I hope God blesses this assignment to help his people, through my lived experiences. I look forward to taking on this assignment and working with Inspire2Teach1 to change our people!”
If Ugochi Akoi’s life work could be summed in a few sentences, it would be her unrelenting passion and effort to inform parents, community members and students of their rights to equitable academic opportunities and an exemplary future. Ugochi Akoi has spent several years in the Washington, DC Area and Columbus, OH as a teacher, principal and Transformation Specialist for the Ohio Department of Education. During her tenure as an educator, she worked in urban school districts with economically disadvantaged students and her aim was always to reduce the disparity in learning and achieving among her students and their counterparts.
Ugochi Akoi currently coaches the local public-school districts and community schools’ personnel that are focused on improving the academic achievement of all student groups. Mrs. Akoi serves as a coach and directly supports the districts’ collaborative teams in their implementation of the Ohio Improvement Process and goal of sustainable improvement.
Mrs. Akoi resides in the Columbus, Ohio area with her husband of 13 years and amazing children. Her hobbies include reading, speaking Spanish, playing competitive board games, and shopping.
James Akoi, Jr. has worked as a Financial Analyst for 15 years in the accounting departments of various prestigious organizations, such as IBM, Digene Corporation, Discovery Channel, and Watson Wyatt. He used the insight and knowledge he gained from working in those arenas to start his own company, in which he currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is honored to serve as the Treasurer for Inspire2Teach1, Incorporated.
He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with his beautiful wife of 13 years and their incredible children.
Renny Tyson, Jr. has been an avid lover of sports since his toddler years. He played soccer since the age of three and a half years old. He was active in gymnastics, football, baseball and basketball at one of the inner-city recreational centers. He played basketball for Walnut Ridge High School, while attending Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS). After his matriculation at Hampton University, he became an assistant coach for Beechcroft and Reynoldsburg high school boys basketball team. He also served as the Head coach for Arts Impact, Gahanna West and Woodward Park Middle school.
Renny learned leadership on and off the playing court and applied his perseverance to education. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Hampton University and earned his Master’s in Sports Leadership from Duquesne University. He also received his Master’s degree in Business Administration in Organizational Management.
For many years, Renny worked with children from diverse backgrounds and designed programs with the intent of instilling the character traits of perseverance and leadership. He continues to implement sports programs and activities for children, youth and adults in his professional career as well as other organizations in Columbus.
Renny is the founder of Intense Basketball Training Academy, LLC, where he has developed several elite basketball players in high schools, colleges and university, as well as in the professional arena. He is also the Co-Director of BRICK Initiative, a non-profit organization which focuses on sports and leadership development.
Mr. Tyson’s ultimate goal is to develop and build high performing leaders on and off the playing field. He is excited about working with Inspire2Teach1 to positively impact the local communities in this capacity.
Returning home from New York City, Alan Tyson is excited to be back where his life began. As a classically trained actor by trade and an honest man of service for more than 10 years in the hospitality field, he is eager to see the next season in his life grow and develop, without reservation. From his first commercial at age 9 to the many theatrical performances since then, his talent often exceeds many in his field. On the flip side, he has had the privilege of working for amazing boutique hotels with top notch service such as The Roxy Tribeca and Soho Grand Hotel but also with the trendy yet unique Hotel Indigo Lower East Side in NYC. Alan knows these diverse work opportunities were all for a much bigger purpose: To live, love, and serve.
With this intention he is proudly back to his passion and first love, the dramatic arts. His belief is that the arts is essential to awakening the human soul. Through any art form, one can find him/herself; a person can then determine what direction or door to enter. Alan brings his theatre skill and years of experience in performing from NYC to Columbus, Ohio. He hopes to awaken the spirit of love and connection in whatever he does while allowing it to flourish and grow even more within himself.
Roosevelt Fletcher, Jr. was born and raised in a Michigan community where great emphasis was placed on education, vocation, careers, supporting youth and families, faith-based outreach, and hard work. After his high school graduation, he immediately moved to Ohio and brought along those same values.
He succeeded at several jobs but found his passion in apparel and printing. He worked as a machinist, supervisor, and manager at Air Waves until he decided to venture out and open his own business. He is the proud owner of Maximum Apparel, LLC where he provides printed apparel to public and private schools, colleges and universities, small and large businesses, non-profits, and faith-based programs.
Roosevelt supports and sponsors local programs for children and families, especially sporting, recreational, acting and leisure events. He often donates clothing and back-to-school materials to underprivileged children, especially during holidays when parents could use additional support with clothing, food, gifts, and more.
When asked what the key to Mr. Fletcher’s success is, he proudly replied, “I have had to put in long hours just to reach my end-goal and that is to make sure each and every customer is satisfied. I treat each customer as if he is a part of the Maximum Apparel family. They are also my walking models, so I want them to look good and help spread the word about my business.”
Inspire2Teach1 is excited to have Mr. Fletcher serve on the Board of Directors as the Coordinator for Marketing & Event Planning.