Tracey has worked for the Foundation for six years and serves as the Executive Director. When she isn’t busy planning the ZJF Classic and finding long-term funding for the Kids on Course programs, she is chasing around a toddler and an infant—literally. And when (more like if) she finds herself with some free time, she enjoys playing tennis and indulging in the occasional Papa Juan’s margarita. Tracey’s parents instilled in her the importance of giving back from a very early age. Volunteering and helping others is incredibly important to her and is a value she and her husband are working hard to pass on to their two sons as well.
Hannah is an original Kids on Course staff member and started the program at both Harrison and Roosevelt. She now works on the administrative and marketing side of the Foundation and loves being able to use her photography and design skills to share the story of Kids on Course with donors. Hannah is mom to two boys: her son, Oliver and a little dog, Moby. She enjoys planning parties, decorating her home, and spending time outside. With a background in psychology and sociology, she is an adamant believer in education as the means to breaking the cycle of poverty. If you ever want to know more about the Foundation, she will gladly meet for coffee and share stories about Kids on Course students. Her favorite Starbucks drink is an iced soy chai latte.
Beth serves the Kids on Course team as Program Leader, board member of the Zach Johnson Foundation and mom to all. She ensures team members have what they need to make sure students are on the path to college graduation and that staff members take care of themselves in the process. She's not a doctor, but she likes to play one on TV when reading health stories as a news anchor at KCRG-TV9. Mostly she knows how education can lift a child out of difficult circumstances as she grew up with a single mom who had Beth when she was 15. She and her husband, Brett, are raising three kids whose names all start with "B," and are otherwise not at all similar.
People lover, life traveler, sincere, friendly and ambitious are words that describe Jaimen. She is the Director of Program Development and the Site Manager for Wilson Middle School. She has mastered the art of tracking down reluctant students, assists in designing Kids on Course programming, and enjoys being a mentor and coach to her students. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Leisure, Youth and Human Services with an emphasis in Nonprofit Youth Services. She later went on to get her Masters from Regis University in Nonprofit Management. Outside of work, Jaimen keeps busy with her two dogs, community activities, and spending time with her friends and family.
Born and raised in America’s Dairyland, this is David’s sixth school year with Kids on Course. Currently based at Roosevelt Middle School, he enjoys losing to 6th graders in chess every week, explaining what vegans eat for each meal of the day, and diving into the latest and greatest Young Adult graphic novels with his students. In his free time, David enjoys playing racquetball, riding his bike through Cedar Rapids, and humbling himself by going to Harry Potter themed trivia nights.
Tyler considers himself a "Play Specialist", ensuring that students are enjoying each day and having fun learning. He hails from the small town of Maquoketa, Iowa and moved to Cedar Rapids after getting his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Iowa. He loves telling awful puns and performing magic math tricks for anyone who will listen. Tyler is a firm believer that laughter and having fun are the keys to life-long learning. When he is not playing at recess...err, hard at work, Tyler can be found at the Northwest Recreational Center in Cedar Rapids or participating in some sports league.
Luke has worked for Kids on Course at Harrison for three years. He has lived in Cedar Rapids for almost 20 years and is a graduate of Garfield, Franklin, and Washington. After graduating from Washington High School, he went to Iowa State University. At work, he enjoys getting to know the Harrison students, learning about Pokémon and dinosaurs, and helping at learning lab. Outside of work, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and family, watching sports, and learning new things. Both of Luke’s parents are teachers, which is how he first became interested in working in schools. If he could have any super power, it would be the ability to control the weather like Storm from X-men.
Gabrielle attended Kirkwood Community College after graduating from Prairie High School. Gabrielle served as an AmeriCorps Member at Jane Boyd Community House and went on to join the Kids on Course staff. She loves helping shape students into the best versions of themselves. When Gabrielle is not at work you can find her spending quality time with family, going to watch the Kernels and Roughriders, putting her friends to shame at mini golf, and flipping the night away at AirFX. Gabrielle’s idea of the perfect day includes lounging on a pool raft, reading a good book, and soaking in the sun.
Cristal is currently finishing her degree in social work at Mount Mercy University. She originally joined the Kids on Course team as an AmeriCorps Member at Harrison Elementary. Cristal is pivotal in making sure things run smoothly during Kids on Course programming and ensures kids are engaged and having fun in a safe environment. During the learning lab breaks, her favorite thing to hear in the hallways is, "Ms. Cristal when do we go back to KOC?” Outside of Kids on Course, Cristal likes to dance, run 5Ks, see new movies, and spend time with friends and her very large family.
Greg graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Spanish, Writing, and Rhetoric. Greg uses his Spanish language skills to communicate with the Spanish-speaking families at Van Buren. He enjoys connecting with students, families, and staff. Greg enjoys playing soccer with the kids at recess and after school, he can be found playing UNO with a group of kids during learning lab brain break. Outside of work, Greg enjoys spending time with his family. He loves reading books to his son, Oliver. He also participates in recreational sports and has a passion for running. He has completed three half-marathons and is training for his first full marathon. He also spends way too much time watching and reading science fiction, especially Star Wars (which is really science fantasy).
As the Site Coordinator at Van Buren, Jerry is a running club coach, sports enrichment leader, Lego-building foreman, substitute tutor, chauffeur, gourmet snack chef, and being the only person in the room who understands Greg's Star Wars references. When not at school, Jerry spends his time reading, hiking, taking photos, watching movies, and being entirely (some would call it annoyingly) too good at trivia. Above all else, Jerry appreciates how important it is for all kids to have equal access to opportunity, be it academic or otherwise and strives every day to make sure that is true for everyone. He and his wife Page are expecting their first child in April.
Morgan graduated from Kirkwood Community College in 2017 with her Associate of Arts Degree and Paraeducator Certification. At Van Buren Elementary, Morgan spends the day tutoring students in reading, writing, and math. After school, Morgan helps prepare the daily snack for students, tutors a small group of students, and does bus attendance and duty. Outside of work, Morgan spends time with her family and her one-year old Boxer dog "Baxter." Morgan is enthusiastic about European culture and travel. She can often be found reading travel magazines, researching London (her favorite city), and planning scrapbook pages for her next adventure!
Josh serves as an AmeriCorps Member at Wilson Middle School. He helps ensure that students feel important by building and reinforcing relationships through mentoring, tutoring, and sports. He’s not Albert Einstein, but sometimes he feels as though has been possessed by him because he is getting excellent at 7th grade math! Prior to going back to middle school, he recently graduated from the best Iowa university, Iowa State. Go Cyclones! Weather permitted, he is outside hanging with friends playing sports and PokémonGo. Poor weather? No worries. He is working out or geeking it up playing video games or watching movies and anime.