Meet Our Staff

Below are brief bios from our incredible staff. If you are interested in joining our team, follow the link to learn more.

Teaching at Comer Middle School

     

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Ms. Moker - Dean of Instruction-English Language Arts, University of Wisconsin

Lacey Moker serves GCMS as the Dean of Instruction for ELA. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. After graduating, she joined the 2011 Teach For America corps. During her corps commitment, Lacey taught 6-8 grade reading intervention at an all-male charter school in Houston, Texas. In 2013, she was selected as the Houston regional finalist for Teach For America's Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2013-2014, Lacey taught 8th grade reading and led our scholars to the highest growth in the network. Last year was her first year supporting teachers full-time.  Outside of school, Ms. Moker enjoys rooting for her hometown Green Bay Packers!

Mr. Pruitt – Dean of Instruction-Math and Science, Miami University (OH)

Jack Pruitt was born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio, which is just outside of Columbus. He attended Miami University, in Ohio, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. After graduating Mr. Pruitt decided to pursue a career in education through Teach for America. He began his teaching career in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he taught 6th and 7th grade science. Additionally, Mr. Pruitt spent much of his time coaching girls’ basketball, boys’ soccer, and girls’ soccer. While teaching, he also earned his Master's degree in education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. This year will be his first year on the leadership team. In his spare time he likes exercising, playing/coaching sports, and reading. 

Ms. Norris – Dean of Discipline, Salisbury University

Ashley Norris is from Baltimore, MD, where she worked with youth in many different aspects, such as alternative schools, juvenile delinquent centers, and residential treatment centers. She prides herself on her ability to build relationships with youth beyond the classroom. Ms. Norris was a graduate from Salisbury University with a major in Social Work but was pulled back to education due to the struggle the youth she worked with had in school. Investing in her scholars and youth beyond the classroom through coaching many different sports such as basketball and softball as well as developing book clubs, arts and crafts, and team building activities is one of her first priorities.  She believes that the success and confidence of her scholars in their education is the only way for her own success to be determined.

Mr. Johnson – Dean of Operations, Illinois State University

Brad is the Dean of Operations at Gary Comer Middle School. Previously he spent four years on the leadership team at another charter school after five years of classroom teaching in the 2nd-5th grades. Brad has a Bachelor’s in Acting from Illinois State University and a Master’s in Teaching from Dominican University. He is excited to be working in the high-expectation environment of a Noble school and to be working with such a talented team. Outside of work, Brad plays baseball with his sons, plays saxophone with his sons, and does nearly nothing alone.

Mrs. Hanus– Dean of Scholars, Indiana University

Alyson Hanus is the Dean of Scholars at Gary Comer Middle School. Alyson joined Gary Comer Middle School as the founding Learning Specialist/Case Manager in 2011 and was the Dean of Scholar Supports until recently transitioning into the role of Dean of Scholars. As a member of Team Catamount, Alyson founded Catamount Council, GCMS’ Global Scholars program, and GCMS’ Tennis program. Prior to joining Team Catamount, Alyson graduated from Indiana University’s Teaching All Learners Program.  She then taught at Pinnacle School, a K-12 independent school that specializes in teaching scholars with Dyslexia for three years.  Alyson is proud to work among the best of the best at THE best middle school in the city of Chicago. She values building relationships, high expectations, collaboration, and servant leadership. This year she is most excited to lead GCMS’ advisory program and help develop well-rounded scholars.  Alyson enjoys spending her time with her husband, David, and their son Henry, who was just born in July. She also enjoys traveling, making music, making jam, spending time with her former advisory “The Gross Girls”, and spending time at her Grandparent’s Farm. 

Mr. Moore - Asst. Dean of Discipline, Campbellville University