Cherrelle Turner, Principal of Village Prep
A native Clevelander born in Japan, Principal Turner is thrilled to be back in Cleveland after working in education worldwide. After graduating from Ohio University, Cherrelle Turner began her career as an educator in Washington D.C. While in Washington D.C., she taught grades K-2 and earned a Master’s degree in special education from George Mason University. Turner later moved to Japan where she taught English to students (grades 1 - 8), lead a cluster of 21 teachers and devised the professional development plan for all incoming English teachers in the city of Kobe.
Upon her return to the United States, she sought to serve in a place where the need for improving the academic climate was undeniable. She decided upon the fruitful and resilient city of New Orleans. During this time Turner earned a second Master’s degree, this time in Educational Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College. She simultaneously managed behavioral and academic interventions as the response to intervention coordinator in addition to instructional coaching at Arthur Ashe Charter School.
Following New Orleans, Principal Turner returned to her family's home town, Cleveland, where she is committed to serving the children and families of the city as the leader of Village Prep Willard. "A goal without a plan is just a wish," is a phrase that embodies Principal Turner's commitment to employing strategically-planned holistic education as a tool to addressing the multi-faceted challenge of creating choice for those with a muffled voice.
Jasmine Williams, Principal of E Prep
Native Chicagoan, now proud Clevelander, Jasmine Williams joins the Breakthrough family as the founding principal of Entrepreneurship Prep Willard. Previously, Jasmine taught in Chicago with the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) network as a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade reading teacher while also serving her school as the ELA instructional leader for 4th - 8th grade. She is passionate about providing high-quality instruction to underserved students and creating awareness of the social injustices within the education system. Principal Williams is committed to empowering her students and staff to becoming the change they wish to see in others and the world.
Board of Directors
James Brady, 2016
Jeffrey Fast**, 2016
Vice President – Cliffs
Marsha Jo French, 2018
Sean Kelly, 2018
Alan S. Kopit**, 2016
President – Prep Model School Boards
Andrew C. Lee, 2017
Wendy Neal**, 2016
Vice President – Woodland Hills
Terrence Robinson, 2017
Bradley J. Schlang, 2017
Sam Steinhouse**, 2018
Kristen San Marco, 2017
Danielle Stein Eisenberg, 2017
Eric A. Baumgartner, 2017
Dennis Sutcliffe, 2017
*All terms expire on June 30.
**Executive Committee Member
Phone: Elaine Wilkins-Copeland , Breakthrough Office Coordinator, 216-456-2086 x 1342
Mission & Vision
The Prep Schools mission is to seek to provide a high quality, academically rigorous education for the college bound scholar. We empower our scholars to think critically, assume social responsibility, and serve as advocates for themselves and the community. We achieve these goals with in a highly focused, structured and safe environment. We, as a community of educators, families and scholars work relentlessly to ensure that every child is prepared to succeed in a competitive world.
The Prep Schools vision is that children in every neighborhood in Cleveland have access to at least one outstanding preparatory school. Our role in this vision is to open eight Prep schools through Cleveland. We presently have four Prep schools, and will open an additional four schools by 2020.
Innovative Academic Program
Our E Prep Middle School Approach
Our E Prep middle schools are very intentional about setting a culture marked by high expectations and no excuses. Every student can achieve and every teacher and administrator models relentlessness in this pursuit.
Our Village Prep School Approach
Our Village Prep elementary schools are a very focused environment for our young scholars. Teachers are passionate and committed, and every minute is used to the fullest. Village Prep’s two teacher model divides the class into small groups of 5-10 scholars to provide targeted, differentiated instruction. We use adaptive computer based programming to target skills in an engaging and fun way. A balanced curriculum that features Guided Reading, Reading Comprehension, Phonics, Writing, Math Fluency and Math Problem Solving as well as enrichment classes of Physical Education, Art, and Technology.
EPW plans to have the following enrichment opportunities next year:
- Physical Education
- Foreign Language
- Social/Emotional Learning
Dress Code & School Uniforms
Our basic dress code is a Village Prep blue vest and E Prep grey vest.
Please find a list of our school’s policies below. If you have any questions, just let us know!
E Prep Willard is a middle school serving students in grades K-2 and 5-6
E Prep — our founding school — opened in 2006, and Village Prep opened in 2009. Our Willard Campus opened in 2015.