Dr. Karen Thomas
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Thomas’ New Jersey roots have kept her firmly focused and committed to the empowerment of the Newark community, where she was born and raised. Dr. Thomas oversees all aspects of operations at MPTCS and is responsible for guiding the school's growth from four classrooms to four campuses; 60 students to more than 1500 scholars; and from K-2nd grade to a Prekindergarten to 12th grade program. Dr. Thomas holds a Doctorate in Urban Leadership from Kean University, where she also earned her MA in Educational Leadership with a certification as a School Business Administrator. She is also currently an adjunct professor in the Nathan Weiss Graduate School of Education. Additionally, she holds a graduate degree from New York University in special events and marketing, where she previously served as an adjunct professor. Her undergraduate is from Simmons College. She has completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education program for urban educators as well as certification from the Schools in Transition Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Dr. Doreen Land
Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Land brings more than 20 years of combined experience in elementary education, charter school development, administration, supervision, training, and teaching to our village. Her previous positions include Academic Superintendent of 26 Refocus Schools in Cleveland, Ohio; Founding Principal of DC Prep's Edgewood Elementary Campus in Washington, DC; Superintendent of Schools for Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academies, Harlem, NY; Principal of Cleveland Elementary School, and Quarles Early Childhood Center in Englewood, NJ; and teacher of prekindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, and fifth grades in the NYC Public Schools. Dr. Land earned her undergraduate degree from the New York Institute of Technology; a Master’s in Education and Supervision and Administration from Bank Street College of Education and her Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education.
Femi Amorin, CPA
School Business Administrator
Mr. Amorin has been responsible for the management of the school's business office since 2011. He is licensed in New Jersey as a Certified Public Accountant and a Public School Accountant. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, prior to joining MPTCS, Mr. Amorin worked at Mitchell & Titus. LLP, the largest minority owned accounting firm in the United States. While at Mitchell & Titus, he provided professional services to a number of school districts, not for profit organizations and the United States Government for the state of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Mr. Amorin earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics/Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University Samaru- Zaria Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland United Kingdom.
MPTC Elementary School
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
Laura Porcaro joined Marion P. Thomas Charter School in 2015. She brings over twenty years of experience working with primary and elementary students to our village. Her previous positions include: Supervisor of Academic Achievement, Performance Excellence and Technology in Branchburg, NJ; Language Arts Supervisor in Clifton, NJ; Reading Coach for the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Early Literacy; Pre-K-8 Vice Principal in Dumont, NJ, and School Facilitator at Quarles Early Childhood Center in Englewood, NJ. Ms. Porcaro earned her Master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City and her undergraduate degree in Communications/Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
SELECT Elementary Academy
Single Gender Classes for Scholars in 2nd to 5th Grades
Mr. Gamble has enjoyed a successful career in education for almost two decades. This school year he will serve as the founding Principal of the SELECT Elementary Academy at MPTCS. SELECT, which began as a pilot program featuring single gender classes, has grown to a stand-alone campus. The former principal of the MPTC Middle School, Mr. Gamble supported the growth of the middle school campus from 150 to more than 300 students, while improving the school's culture, curriculum, and student achievement. Mr. Gamble is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Bachelor's degree in History and Africana Studies. Additionally, he earned a Master’s degree in administration and supervision at St. Peter's College with a Master's degree in administration and a Master’s of divinity degree from Drew University. Currently, he is a Doctor of Education candidate at Seton Hall University and an inductee into the Phi Delta Kappa Honors Society.
MPTC High School of Culinary & Performing Arts (9th to 12th Grades)
Mrs. Wright-White is deeply honored to have been selected to serve as the founding principal of Marion P. Thomas High School of Culinary and Performing Arts. Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Wright-White was the founding principal of Girls' Academy of Newark. Girls' Academy of Newark is the first public all-girls school in Newark, New Jersey, and in the State of New Jersey in almost 40 years. Before her promotion to Founding Principal of Girls' Academy of Newark, Mrs. Wright-White was the principal of Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School from September 2006-June 2013. Mrs. Wright-White has been an educator for twenty years. She served in the capacity of vice principal from 1999-2006 within the Newark Public Schools at Louise A. Spencer Elementary School, Bragaw Avenue School and George Washington Carver Elementary School. Mrs. Wright-White earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Master of Arts from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey.