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School Leaders

Troy Prep Elementary School

Samantha DeLuke 


Prior to joining Troy Prep Elementary, Ms. DeLuke served as a 3rd grade teacher at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant, an Uncommon School in Brooklyn. She came to LPBS after being accepted to the New York Corps of Teach for America. Prior to joining Uncommon Schools, Sam worked as the Director of Restaurant Openings for the Uno Restaurant Corporation where she traveled the world training staff and opening new restaurants. She received her B.A. in Broadcast Communication and Theater from SUNY Oswego and received her Master's in Education from the Teacher U Program at Hunger College.


Jon Thatcher  
Director of Operations
Prior to joining the Operations Team at Troy Prep Elementary, Jon served as the 6th grade writing teacher at Troy Prep Middle School.  He came to Troy Prep from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he taught 5th grade as a Teach For America Corps Member.  Before joining Uncommon Schools, Jon worked as a Program Director with Teach For America – Las Vegas Valley.  He received his B.A. in History from Union College and his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Troy Prep Middle School

Lauren Catlett
Prior to coming to Uncommon Schools, Lauren Catlett spent several years working as a college access and success counselor and program director at Bottom Line, a Boston-based non-profit organization that provides first-generation high school and college students with individualized college counseling to help them get into and graduate from college and succeed as professionals.  During her time as program director, the college persistence rate of the program’s 500+ students was 76%, more than four times the national average for first-generation college students.  As a founding teacher at Troy Prep, Lauren taught fifth, seventh, and eighth grade ELA and fifth grade history, chaired the writing department, and coached teachers as a member of the school’s instructional leadership team.  Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing from Gettysburg College and her principal certificate from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Katie Maron
Director of Operations
Katie Maron joined Uncommon Schools as a founding teacher for Troy Prep Middle School in 2009.  From 2009 to 2015, Katie taught 5th and 7th grade math, serving as the math department chair and on the school’s leadership team.  Prior to working for Uncommon Schools, Katie worked as an project engineer.  She received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Union College.