Sheilah Kavaney

Senior Director of Operations and School Support

Sheilah has 20 years of experience in education. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Houston. After two years in the classroom, she co-founded YES Prep and led the school to Texas’ highest school rating, “exemplary status.” In 2004, Sheilah built the Charter Management Organization structure allowing YES Prep, and subsequently KIPP Austin, both to grow in size and quality; she developed phasing to build efficient and effective CMO staffing, school growth, and facility utilization. Sheilah has also built and managed financial models for strategic decision-making. As an early leader in CMO growth, YES Prep and KIPP Austin strategic plans, facilities development, and staffing structures are now shared widely among successful charter school networks nationally.