T-Herbert (TJ) Jeffrey holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, where he won multiple scholarships, led the Black Students Union, the Education Project, and the campus philosophy journal. Through the nation’s most competitive undergraduate fellowship (Mellon Mays), TJ conducted research on suspicion of young Black men. Having himself overcome the transition from traditional K-12 (Normandy District) to prestigious college, TJ volunteered through Americorps to advise over 400 high school students at Vashon (SLPS) on post-secondary opportunities and financial aid.
At Kairos, we believe now is the opportune moment to rethink public education. That's why we replace lectures with engaging projects and dictatorial "behavior managers" with 1-1 executive functioning coaches who help students learn how to manage their own schedule and work habits. Kairos students practice navigating real-world choices (such as when, where, how, and with whom to work) within a safe, supportive school environment. Kairos develops students not just into freethinkers, ready to thrive in a modern economy, but self-governing citizens, ready to lead both themselves and their communities.