BETH LUCAS, School Leader

Beth Lucas is the School Leader at Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School. She previously served as the School Leader and taught Middle School English for 2 years at the Fugees Academy in Clarkston, GA.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis. Beth began her teaching career in 1993 working with inner-city youth in Memphis and has since taught in a variety of settings all around the country. Her previous job before coming to work at Fugees was working with ELL students on the US-Mexican border.

RAPHAEL MULEMBA, Dean of Students

Raphael Mulemba is the Dean of Students at Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School. He previously served as a School Leader of the Fugees Academy. Born in D.R.Congo, he fled the 1996 war in Congo to a camp called Nyarugusu in Tanzania. He lived there for 12 years before his family was resettled in the United States in 2008. He joined the Fugees (soccer team) in 2009 as a player and then assisted as a coach and a summer intern.  He speaks Four Eastern African country languages; Kibembe, Tchiluba, Kifuliro, and Swahili. Prior to his service in education, he served as a Processing Coordinator at TPI Composites and also as Swahili interpreter for Lutheran Services Resettlement Agency and Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa.

CORINA SANCHEZ, Operations Manager

Corina Sanchez is the Operations Manager at Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School. Corina previously served as the Program Coordinator/AmeriCorps Site Supervisor and later as an Operations Assistant for Fugees Family. Corina holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

EIN: 83-2545132

Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School (GFACS) is a community-based school designed to meet the needs of refugee and new American students through English language acquisition and foundational skill study, culturally relevant curriculum and wraparound supports, arts programming, and soccer participation. Every student works as a team member on and off the field to bridge significant gaps in formal schooling to graduate on time.

The core pillars of our academy model are:

  • Year-round programming

  • Integration of soccer for all

  • Holistic English acquisition

  • Scaffolded, Data-Driven Small Group Instruction

  • Relational, Trauma-Informed Approach to Schooling

GFACS contracts out the Fugees Family (ESP) to operate the school based on their decades long experience and successful track record with the community. 

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