Founder and Head of School

Ms. Murphy is a native of Indianapolis. She is a graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis and Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. At Trinity University, she earned a degree in Political Science. As a 2008 Teach For America corps member, Ms. Murphy taught 1st grade and 5th grade in the Normandy School District in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2012, Ms. Murphy moved back home to Indianapolis to coach over 40 teachers in Center Township through Teach For America – Indianapolis. She completed the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, a highly selective program that trains school leaders to design, found, and lead charter schools in high-need urban neighborhoods around the country.


charles vaughn

Coordinator of Student Culture and 1st Grade Co-Teacher

Mr. Vaughn is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Orange Christian Academy where he won the Timothy Award for School Leadership. After studying psychology at Cuyahoga Community College and earning a degree in Applied Sciences at Remington College, Mr. Vaughn decided he was called to work in education. While in Cleveland, Mr. Vaughn worked as a Kindergarten Co-Teacher at the University of Cleveland Preparatory School before being promoted to Dean of Student Life. He relocated to Akron to spearhead student culture at Akron Preparatory School and to serve as the Saturday Coordinator for four network Schools. In 2015, Mr. Vaughn relocated again to Indianapolis to become the founding Dean at a school on the near east side before joining the Circle City Prep team in 2017. Mr. Vaughn is so excited about working with the CCP team and playing a key role in growing our future leaders.



Lead Teacher

Ms. Benner is a native of West Lafayette, IN, and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, MA. At Simmons, she earned a degree in Elementary Education and History. She began her career as a Pre-K teacher in Beverly, MA. Then, as a 2015 Corp Member for Teach for America, she worked as a 4th grade teacher in Lawrence, MA. Kathlene is looking forward to bringing her experience back to her home state.  She is most excited about getting the youth of East Indianapolis on an early path to college.


Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Student Supports

Ms. Yoder is a native of Goshen, IN,d and a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. At IU, she earned a degree in sociology and business. She earned her Master’s at Marian University and then studied special education and applied behavior analysis at Ball State University. She has taught first and second grades and has worked as an academic and behavior interventionist. Kylie so excited to be a part of the CCP founding team. She looks forward to helping support all students achieve and spending additional time with those with unique learning needs as CCP opens its doors!



Co-Teacher and Special Educator

Ms. Campbell is a native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and a graduate of Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee, she earned a degree in Social Work. Ms. Campbell believes that Social Work is the foundation to a holistic perspective of true social justice. She is excited about joining a passionate team of educators who share a desire to make the world a better place and about working with some of our youngest students. Ms. Campbell is humbled to be a part of the founding team who will build Circle City Prep in the coming years.



Ms. Sarros is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a degree in Linguistics. In the past Ms. Sarros has taught kindergarten at Kensington School in the Chicago area and has worked with the Inspire STL program to tutor high school students and help them reach their full potential. As a member of the 2017 Teach for America Corps, Ms. Sarros is excited to be inspired by the students at Circle City Prep every day, and she hopes to help bring them the quality education they deserve.


jeffrey mcclure

Physical Education Instructor and Operations Fellow

Mr. McClure is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana and Ball State University. At Ball State, he earned a Master's in Physical Education and Coaching. He has worked as a Small Group Specialist/Building Substitute for Monument Lighthouse Charter School (East), a head soccer and basketball coach at St. Richard's Episcopal School, as well as a Site Leader for the Pike Township Loving Care Program. Mr. McClure has a passion for instilling knowledge, hard work, and personal growth in the minds of young students to carry with them for life. He is extremely excited to join Circle City Prep and to be a part of establishing a special learning environment.

Greta wilson

Yoga and Mindfulness Coach

Ms. Wilson is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Purdue University. At Purdue, she earned a degree in Psychology. Greta became a 200 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) through Shamrock Yoga in 2012. Greta has taught all levels and ages of yoga through the years including in the IPS school district for the past 3 years. Greta is excited to join Circle City Prep and bring a curriculum of mindfulness practices to help both scholars and teachers develop a toolbox to help combat stress and daily pressure both in and out of school.



Manager of Operations

Mr. K-Johnson is a native of Mississippi and a 2014 graduate of DePauw University. At DePauw, he earned a degree in English (Creative Writing). Thomas became a Life Coach for The Excel Center, University Heights in 2015. Having served in adult education for nearly three years, Thomas is excited to shift his career in order to serve a younger generation of scholars at Circle City Prep.