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Rachel Key
Founder and Principal

A lifelong educator and champion of youth, Rachel Key founded Razel Foundation Academy to provide scholars with a nurturing environment that ensures academic, social, emotional, and college readiness. Rachel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Liberal Studies from William Patterson University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. Currently pursuing studies at Grand Canyon University for a Doctoral of Education in Organizational Leadership, Rachel looks forward to opening Razel soon and ensuring that the academy makes an impact on youth throughout the Hampton Roads community. Rachel is also active in her community with previous experience including work with the YMCA and United Way. Rachel is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. 



Brenda Jones
Vice Principal

With a passion for youth and family engagement, Brenda serves as the founding Vice Principal for Razel Foundation Academy. Brenda brings to Razel over 40 years of experience supporting youth and families to realize their full potential. Happily married and a mother of 3, Brenda looks forward to working with all future Razel students and families. 


Michele Nickerson-Key
Human Resources Director

Michele brings over 20 years of human resources experience to Razel Academy. In her role at Razel, Michele will serve as the primary point of contact for all levels of staff, faculty, students, and visitors entering the school. Michele will also spearhead our recruitment and talent retention efforts as we seek to bring the best and brightest educators to Razel Foundation Academy. Michele's experience includes notable appointments with Princeton University and Xerox Corporation. Michele earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Rider University and has a Masters in Higher Education from Liberty University. Michele is also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and International Association of Women. 

Board of Trustees

Colette Pluta
Vice President

Glenn Ford

Shanna Pridgen

Quantia Edmonds
Curriculum Lead

Demetria Bryant
Education Consultant

Zoe Walker
Student Representative
Elementary School

Christine Watca 
Curriculum Committee

TaKayla Johnson
Student Representative
Middle/High School

Taylor Johnson
Student Representative
Middle/High School

Rachel Key
Razel Foundation Academy

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