Mrs. Booker is a servant leader and an inspiration to all. Kudus to you!
Meet Lakenna Booker, our Founder, and Head of School!
Mrs. Lakenna Booker, MAT, has an extensive background in STEM education with nearly 15 years in urban education. She's published The 5E's of Inquiry-Based Science with Teacher Created Materials, Inc. The Parkway Village community is home for Mrs. Booker, and where many of her childhood memories were made. 🏘️
She attended Goodlett Elementary School and graduated valedictorian from Sheffield High School in 2002, both located in the Parkway Village community. Through philanthropy from the Memphis Rotary Club, she attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Exeter, NH. The experience showed Mrs. Booker that education looked different in other places and that genius is relative.
After completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin, she joined an alternative teacher licensing program through the University of Memphis. 🎓 Mrs. Booker quickly understood her purpose in life is to teach and unlock opportunities for others through the impartation of knowledge.
After almost a decade in the urban classrooms and schools, Mrs. Booker joined the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship to train, lead, and found Memphis Merit Academy in response to the literacy data in the Parkway Village community.
As the Founder and Head of the School of Memphis Merit Academy she oversees, sets, and monitors the overall instructional, operational, and financial direction of the school. Mrs. Booker has successfully secured more than $3 million in private, federal, and foundational philanthropy since the commencement of the organization to deliver on the mission of Memphis Merit Academy Charter School. 🤩 Mrs. Booker is unapologetic about the work of starting a high-performing charter school in her childhood community.
Mrs. Booker is excited to lead Memphis Merit Academy in accomplishing so much more in the future!