Director/Chief Operating Officer
Chris Smith joined the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy in August 2008. In his current capacity at Agassi Prep, Mr. Smith works with the school’s administration to focus on translating the strategic goals of the Agassi Prep Board into specific and measurable actions within the school. Prior to joining AACPA, Mr. Smith was an instructional improvement specialist for the Lynwood Unified School District in Los Angeles. Mr. Smith entered the education profession as a Teach for America corps member after receiving his M.B.A. in 2001.
Principal Grades 9th-12th
Dwight Sanders is a grateful husband and father. He has been married for 11 years and has two adorable children that are 5 and 7 years old. Mr. Sanders has a B.A. and a Single Subject Math Credential from CSU Dominguez Hills, along with his Master’s in Education from University of Phoenix. Mr. Sanders has passionately educated students in Los Angeles for 14 years. In his first three years, he simultaneously worked at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary as a custodian and teacher’s assistant. Mr. Sanders served, from 1997 to 2011 as an after school teacher/Director, math teacher/department chair, Dean of Students and Principal.
During the 2007 & 2008 school year, Mr. Sanders was appointed as Principal in a K-12 system very similar to Andre Agassi Prep. While academic excellence was a top priority within the culture of View Park Prep (VPP), he also focused on building authentic relationships with all constituents of VPP. Mr. Sanders, along with his talented colleagues, created a culture at VPP where all students and parents were expected to participate in a well-rounded educational experience.
Interim Middle School Principal
Sean Nealy is a native of Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Nealy earned his B.A. in Psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Nealy began his teaching career at Audubon Middle School in South Central LA., where he taught a variety of sixth grade subjects for five years. He then served three years as Assistant Principal at Merkin Middle School. Prior to joining the staff at Agassi, Mr. Nealy was the founding Director of ICEF Vista Middle Academy. In just three years, the school became one of the highest performing schools in California, winning the California Distinguished School award.
Elementary School Principal
Robin Harris, a native of San Diego, California comes from a family of educators. Mrs. Harris initially resisted education as a pre-med major in college she found herself doing more educating of patients prior to them seeing the doctor. It was there that she realized she was destined to be an educator. After college, she was a school nurse and then finally taught third and fifth grades for several years. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Public School Administration. Her desire to make a greater impact in education led her to administration and serving on WASC Accreditation teams; this is her sixteenth year as a principal.
Mrs. Harris has received numerous awards for Academic Excellence in Academic Achievement. As a classroom teacher her students consistently scored Proficient and Advanced. As the school administrator of View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter Elementary School her school scored far above Los Angeles Unified School District. She readily acknowledges that it will truly take “THE VILLAGE” to ensure the success of our children in this 21st century. Hence, it must be the goal of all constituents that our Agassi Prep Scholars will attend and compete at the top colleges and universities so that they may return to transform the community at large.
High School Dean of Students
Herbie Walker has worked with Las Vegas youth since 2005 as a volunteer to the Kappa Leadership League. In 2006 he became the Program Director for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, an organization dedicated to the education and enrichment of at-risk youth, with a primary focus on improving high school graduation rates and college matriculation. In 2010, Mr. Walker joined the Andre Agassi College Preparatory academy as their Director of College Access. Mr. Walker has assisted students on the path to attendance some of the U.S. top colleges and universities such as; The Ohio State University, Hampton University, University of California Los Angeles, Spelman College, Hillsdale College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Arizona State University, Langston University and many others.
Mr. Walker holds a B.A. in African American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MBA in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Walker holds deep commitment to public service and helping the Las Vegas community through the support of various non-profit organizations and educational institutions.
Bio coming soon.
Chief Financial Officer
Sandy Tsutahara is the Chief Financial Officer for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. Prior to joining Agassi Prep, Ms. Tsutahara worked as a controller for a property management company where she managed a staff of nine and the accounting of 28 entities. Her primary responsibilities included review of financial statements and budget vs. actual analysis included in the monthly financial package, coordination of external audits, and assisting with the annual budgeting process. Ms. Tsutahara also has worked for a publicly held timeshare company where she managed the accounting for their financial services division.
Ms. Tsutahara received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and worked for the national accounting firm Grant Thornton, LLP. She also obtained her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Human Resources Manager
Tammie Grenier has been with Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for three years. Mrs. Grenier started with AACPA she brought 15 years of experience in Human Resources, working in the following industries: healthcare, manufacturing and construction. As an HR Generalist she has expertise in many Human Resources areas: recruitment, orientation, benefits administration, workers compensation, employee relations, training, HR reporting and strategic HR planning.
Mrs. Grenier obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resource Management in 2000 from the University of Kennedy Western, and has been certified as a PHR since 1999, and a SPHR since 2002 through the HR Certification Institute. She has been a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 1999 and served on the local chapter’s Board of Directors from 2005-2007 (Southern NV Human Resource Association).
Mrs. Grenier was recognized in the Las Vegas Review Journal as “Human Resources 2010 Movers and Shakers.”
Executive Assistant/Parent Liaison
Kimberly Adams was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Adams grew-up in a family of educators her parents, several Aunts and Uncles have all served in the Kindergarten through 12th grade students. Ms. Adams comes to Agassi Prep with a wealth of knowledge of Parent and Community programs. She previously worked with parent groups and community partners for five years with ICEF (Inner City Education Foundation) Public schools.
Ms. Adams is an alumnus of Howard University and University of Phoenix, earning a degree in Business Management. She is a member of the advisory board for The Foundation for the Junior Blind of America.