Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy
Shubham Pandey, Executive Director
Shubham Pandey is an education leader with more than 15 years of experience in education, technology and the business world. His education and entrepreneurial experience includes classroom curriculum, school technology, assessment and policy implementation. His technology and business experience includes effective administration, implementation of new business concepts, budgetary and financial experience.
PTAA Board Members
Victoria White is a Practice Group Specialist with Ice Miller’s Municipal Finance Practice. She assists the practice with day-to-day operations and manages strategic relationships. Prior to joining Ice Miller, Mrs. White served as chief operating officer of the School Improvement Partnership where she worked directly with charter school management to meet continuing disclosure obligations after issuing municipal bonds according to Rule 15c2-12 and agreed-upon disclosure agreements. She employed strategic relationships with bond trustees, underwriters and institutional investors as well as other industry professionals assisting the firm in obtaining new clients. Mrs. White also managed organization financials, updated and tracked the pipeline of clients and provided insight and guidance on firm growth. Mrs. White formerly served as Vice President and junior banker at BB&T Capital Markets/BB&T Securities. She was the direct senior credit analyst for all charter school investment bankers and sourced and executed charter school transactions. She led the execution of transactions from engagement through closing. Mrs. White maintained close interaction with all members of the working group: bond counsel, bank counsel, underwriter’s counsel, the bank, the trustee or paying agent, the dissemination agent, the borrower, the conduit issuer and their counsel. She also managed regular client interaction in order to facilitate and maintain positive account management.
John (JB) Turner joined the PTAA School Board during its formation in 2020. John attended high school in Minnesota where he was an Eagle Scout and varsity runner in both Cross Country and Track. Following high school, John lived around the world in North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. John’s family moved to Colorado Springs in 2016 to bring his children closer to their maternal grandparents in his wife’s hometown.
John brings an emphasis on the practical application of STEM education having retired from the US Army as an Artillerymen and Space Operations Officer. Before leaving the Army, John was the Chief of Science and Technology for Homeland Defense at US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). John holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Virginia Military Institute and Webster University respectively. Currently, John teaches Space Operations to students from across the Department of Defense at the post-graduate level.
Believing passionately in the power of education to expand human potential, transform lives, and shape new visions for leading and learning in a globally complex world is what drives Mansoureh Tehrani. After serving as a leader in information technology (Texas Instruments, Apple Computers and American Airlines) for 15 years and seeing first-hand the unpreparedness of her new-hires, Tehrani decided to change career and join public education in 1994. Her primary goal has been to transform students’ educational experiences by integrating academic teaching/learning with work-based-learning experiences. She has capitalized on her professional network to create private/public partnerships that benefits both students and the industry.
Tehrani is an accomplished educator and educational leadership coach known for inspiring innovation and raising the bar for student achievement in underserved communities. Her career has encompassed all levels of organizational leadership, development, and management, including serving as the Director of Math, Engineering, Technology & Science Academy. This work has received state recognition from Texas Education Agency, as well as national recognition from NewTech Network.
For the past 7 years, Tehrani has been serving as an educational consultant, sharing her expertise and best-practices on educational leadership, work-based-learning, project-based-learning and public/private partnership development.
Tehrani has received numerous awards, including 2019 NSBE - Top STEM Influencer, 2019 Million Women Mentors – Texas Mentor Stand Up for STEM Award and 2012 Susan Schilling Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education Innovation.
Tehrani holds Masters-Education Administration, Masters-Computer Science and Bachelors-Business Administration. She writes and speaks on school transformation and best-practices in educational pedagogies.