Purpose Built Schools Team

Greg Giornelli
Purpose Built Schools
Vinice Davis
Purpose Built Schools
Christina Perry
Purpose Built Schools
Ryan Shepard
Purpose Built Schools
Barbara Preuss
Head of Schools
Purpose Built Schools

The Head of Schools is Barbara Preuss, a 30-year veteran of APS. Ms. Preuss most recently served as the Principal at the Drew Charter School Elementary Academy for the past nine years. During that time Ms. Preuss led Drew to its current position as one of the consistently highest-performing schools in the city and the state. As head of Schools, Ms. Preuss will be responsible for Purpose Built Schools instructional program; all four Principals will report to her.

School Principals

Dr. Nicole Evans-Jones
Thomasville Heights Elementary School

The Principal for Thomasville Heights is Dr. Nicole Evans-Jones, a 22-year veteran of APS, who started her educational career as a counselor. Dr. Jones most recently ran Drew Charter School’s Talent Management program; she also served as Principal at Drew’s neighboring school, Toomer Elementary School, for six years – where she frequently partnered with Drew and attended a two-year leadership cohort program with Drew leadership. Ms. Preuss and Dr. Jones form a talented, experienced and strong team. Their personal experience with the Drew instructional model makes them the ideal leaders for the first replication of Drew into a network of schools.

Lenise Bostic
Slater Elementary School

Ms. Lenise Bostic will be the Principal of Slater Elementary School starting Fall 2017. She has spent 11 of her 17 years in education with APS. At APS, she served in a number of leadership roles, including assistant principal at Toomer Elementary and Morningside Elementary schools. She most recently served as Dean of Academics at Thomasville Heights Elementary School, the school’s lead instructional position.

Mr. Luqman Abdur-Rahman
Price Middle School

Mr. Luqman Abdur-Rahman will remain the Principal of Price Middle School. He has held numerous leadership roles in APS and is the current principal of Price Middle School, which will help to ensure a smooth transition as Purpose Built Schools begins operating the school. At Price Middle School, Mr. Abdur-Rahman has led the implementation of a school-wide social emotional learning program to address the emotional needs of both students and staff. He has also spearheaded the cultural and instructional shifts necessary to create sustained growth in student achievement in the Carver Cluster.