Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

Our Director
Lisa Khemani


Our Assistant Director
Tascha Bevins

Meet Our Administrators

Our Principal
Shaina Neal


It is my absolute pleasure to join the Smoke Rise Prep family as Principal.  I am a lifelong learner and educator heading into my 14th year serving students. Originally from the Bronx but I've lived and taught all over the world including Phoenix, South Korea, England, Ghana, Spain, Georgia, and Indianapolis. During those 14 years I've served as a math teacher for 6-9th grade, ESL teacher, an avid coordinator, instructional coach, dean and assistant principal. 

I instantly fell in love with Smoke Rise after reading about the dedication to student psychological and emotional wellbeing instead of test scores. I am an advocate of educating the whole child by nurturing who they are before focusing on what they can produce. I am so thankful to the families that chose us and look forward to this being one of the most amazing years Smoke Rise has had yet. If you haven't chosen us yet, take a look around our website and Principal's Blog or contact me for a chat! I'd love to convince why this is the best place for your child!

Hello! I am Lisa Khemani, co-founder and current Executive Director at Smoke Rise Prep. Since we opened our doors in 2011, I have enjoyed walking into our building each day and seeing the passion in our teachers' eyes and the excitement in our students' faces.


 The foundation of our success is an environment where students are free to be themselves.  ​​Students learn from day one that we maintain high expectations for mutual respect and value for individual differences.  With social pressures put aside, they have the confidence to ask questions, make suggestions, and become engaged in their classes.

I'm delighted you are visiting our website, and would love to for you to come

check out our environment in person!

Please contact us today to set up a tour!

Greetings everyone! My name is Tascha Bevins and I am the Assistant Director here at Smoke Rise Prep. I began my SRP journey as a parent in 2013 with my then 4th grader. I am ecstatic to be starting my third year as the Assistant Director. I fell in love with the Smoke Rise Prep family from the moment I met them all those years ago. One of the things that drew me in the most was the sense of community and family that is built both inside the walls of the school and out in the community.


Smoke Rise Prep’s focus on the whole child is a model that is very important to me. We not only offer a rigorous academic environment, but we also work with our students on social and emotional health and wellbeing. We strive to help ALL of our students reach their individual potential and harness a love of lifelong learning.  I am so glad you have stopped by our website to learn more about who we are.