Executive Director of Arkansas
LaShawnDa is the Executive Director/Superintendent for the Arkansas Lighthouse Academies.
In her role she serves the network, local school staff, scholars, and families as she provides leadership in the achievement of goals directed by national and board standards. She also manages the operation of approved processes and educational programs that meet the academic and administrative goals of the Lighthouse Academies network of schools.
Prior to her current role, LaShawnDa served in several roles within our organization including, Vice President of Operations, Regional Operations Director, Recruiter, and Community Development. She has worked in public, charter, higher, and for-profit education.
LaShawnDa holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Henderson State University, and is currently a student in the Executive Master of Public Service degree program at the University of Arkansas-Clinton School of Public Service.
Vice President of Academics for Arkansas
Ralph Isaiah Cosio is the Vice President of Academics for Lighthouse Academies. He earned his B.S. in Secondary Education and M.A. in School Leadership, Management, and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. As a member of Arkansas Lighthouse Academies, Isaiah has been a teacher, Director of Teacher Leadership, Principal, and State Instructional Specialist. Growing up in San Diego, his desire to influence the outcomes of children grew and he began by serving as a youth basketball coach. Through coaching, Isaiah discovered his passion for teaching and learning. Throughout his time as an educator, he has worked with amazing teachers, students, families, and community partners to help Arkansas Lighthouse Academies schools move letter grades including an A for Flightline. He believes that in order for every scholar to experience success, we must show them we care, hold expectations for them beyond their current belief, and support them at every level to help them to achieve their highest potential.