Kari Wehrly


Kari Wehrly began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member teaching 6th grade math in the rural region of Wahiawa, Hawaii. In her first year of teaching she led 78% of her students to score proficient or advanced on the Hawaii State Assessment compared to her schools highest historical achievement of 55% and the districts highest of 72%. Kari then went on to work with the Complex Area Superintendent as a district instructional coach focused on supporting principals in implementing data informed instruction, providing instructional support to the districts neediest teachers and developing the first ever complex area plan aimed to develop every teacher into a highly effective instructor. Kari spent a summer as a Cops Member Advisor for Teach For America where she implemented a rigorous training plan for twelve beginning teachers, developed and delivered curriculum sessions, conducted daily observations and provided teachers with critical feedback to improve their effectivess in the classroom. Kari initially joined St. Hope as a 6th grade math teacher and grade level chair.


Elisha Ferguson
Assistant Principal


Elisha was born and raised in Northern California, where she then graduated with degrees in both Liberal Studies and Political Science with a concentration in History from California State University, Stanislaus. In 2011, she began her career with Teach For America as a charter corps member in South Carolina. After her TFA commitment, she transitioned to St. Louis, Missouri, where she was the Founding Special Education Teacher for EAGLE College Prep – St. Louis. After her first year, she was promoted to Dean of Students/Student Supports, which then transitioned into taking upon the entire Special Education program as the Special Education Director for all of the EAGLE schools in St. Louis. With EAGLE, she was able to support and found three different campuses in the South St. Louis area. She was named to the Special Education Advisory Board for the state of Missouri, where she was able to be a voice for Charter School Special Education programs. Elisha joined the St. HOPE team in 2016.