Lyric joins Transcend as a Partner on the School Design team with over a decade of experience in the education realm. Prior to joining, Lyric held various roles for KIPP and Teach for America. Most recently, Lyric served as a Head of Program for Teach for America’s Houston region, where he redesigned teacher training to equip PK-12 educators with foundational restorative justice practices, led internal and external equity initiatives, and shepherded the region’s new approach to leadership development. Lyric believes education can either be a tool of oppression or a mechanism of liberation and this belief has guided him to lead with an equity lens throughout his career.
Although he considers himself an adopted Houstonian, Lyric was born in Oakland, California, to an artist mother and jazz musician father. Lyric left the West (best) coast for Atlanta, GA to earn his BA in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University; he remains a proud supporter of CAU, the Atlanta University Center (AUC), and all HBCUs. In 2016, he married his best friend, Aria, and in June 2019, they welcomed their first child into the world, the ‘swaggyest’ toddler you’ll ever meet, Hendrix.
When he isn’t being a squirrel in Hendrix’s world, Lyric carefully splits his time between working towards his doctorate in Urban Leadership with a focus on dismantling inequitable college and career-readiness outcomes for Black children from John Hopkins University, reading (preferably with others), and investing his creative energy in a variety of different ways.