Our Team



Dr. William Chester serves as the School Leader at Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School. He has over 20 years of experience as an educator, five of which were spent as Lead Mathematics Instructor at Fugees Academy. Prior to working as an educator, he had a 21.5-year military career in the United States Marine Corps and Navy. William received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis and a Master of Arts degree in Education from National University. He received his PhD in Post-Secondary and Adult Education at Northcentral University.

RAPHAEL MULEMBA, Dean of Students

Raphael Mulemba is the Dean of Students at Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School. He previously served as a School Leader of the Fugees Academy. Born in D.R.Congo, he fled the 1996 war in Congo to a camp called Nyarugusu in Tanzania. He lived there for 12 years before his family was resettled in the United States in 2008. He joined the Fugees (soccer team) in 2009 as a player and then assisted as a coach and a summer intern.  He speaks Four Eastern African country languages; Kibembe, Tchiluba, Kifuliro, and Swahili. Prior to his service in education, he served as a Processing Coordinator at TPI Composites and also as Swahili interpreter for Lutheran Services Resettlement Agency and Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa.

KYNEA GRIFFITH, Operations Manager

Ms. Kynea Griffith hails from the US and British Virgin Islands. She has 8+ years of experience within the Georgia Charter School System. She loves to support school administration in building a successful learning environment. Kynea received a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. She is a lover of animals and loves spending time with her family while keeping her West Indian culture strong.


Teacher Spotlight

Ms. Kavita, Science Teacher and Test Coordinator

Ms. Kavita has been at Fugees Academy for 8 years. She is a wiz when it comes to all things science, and she leads the charge for ensuring all students get to experiment and learn about biology, chemistry, and physics.

Ms. Kavita was born in India and her first language is Hindi. As part of our cultural celebrations, Ms. Kavita helps our students celebrate Diwali and Holi each year– sharing delicious meals and the history and meaning behind these two holidays.

For the 2022-2023 school year, Ms. Kavita has also accepted the role of Test Coordinator at GFACS, ensuring every student is set up for testing success!