Jeremiah Smith, Executive Director
Jeremiah Smith is the co-founder and Executive Director for the Rosedale Freedom Project. Originally from Virginia, Mr. Smith travelled to the Mississippi Delta with Teach for America in 2012. Working as an English Teacher at the High School in Rosedale and inspired by the work of the Sunflower County Freedom Project, Mr. Smith became convinced that, if given the right opportunities, students in Rosedale could compete with students from America's most prestigious schools. In that spirit, he worked for two years as the Director of Literacy Programming at the SCFP and worked to open the RCYC for its first Freedom Summer program in 2015. Mr. Smith is also currently working on his Master's degree at Delta State University as a member of the TFA Graduate Fellows program. In 2018, Mr. Smith was accepted as a Fellow with Voqal. Mr. Smith currently lives in Rosedale.
Lucas Rapisarda, Director of Operations
Lucas is the second full-time staff member at the Rosedale Freedom Project. Mr. Rapisarda grew up outside of Chicago and attended college at the University of Wisconsin before coming to Rosedale, Mississippi to work at West Bolivar High School through Teach for America in 2015. Starting an AP Chemistry program at WBHS demonstrated to Mr. Rapisarda students' need and desire for additional learning opportunities beyond the school day. Mr. Rapisarda joined the RFP during Freedom Summer 2017, and is also working with the TFA Graduate Fellows program at Delta State University to develop an inquiry-based science curriculum for use at after-school programs like the RFP. In 2018, Mr. Rapisarda was awarded selected to represent the Rosedale Freedom Project as a Fellow in the Leaders for Educational Equity Venture Fund & Fellowship. Mr. Rapisarda currently lives in Cleveland, MS.
Lydia DuBois, Program Director
Lydia DuBois is a Program Coordinator at the RFP serving through AmeriCorps. She grew up in New York City and attended Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in sociology and social policy. Lydia is grateful for the summer of 2017, when she had her first encounter with the RFP as a summer Teacher-Advisor teaching math. She has since taught visual art and reading comprehension, and she appreciates the opportunity to be back working at the RFP full-time. She is looking forward to Fellows taking their second annual trip to Baltimore in March, and to the end-of-year publishing of the first ever Rosedale Freedom Project literary zine. (keep your eyes peeled!)
Annabelle Guptill, Freedom Farm Coordinator
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ms. Guptill graduated with a Bachelorette's in gender studies and moved to Mississippi in August of 2017 as a FoodCorps member and fifth grade garden teacher at McEvans School in Shaw, MS. She has the pleasure of coordinating the RFP's Youth Employment Freedom Farm Program, our afterschool snack program, and our Parent & Community Board. Ms. G has worked on farms in Alaska, Senegal, the East Bay Area, and her family's backyard. Food Justice is important to her because everybody eats and has a relationship to food. Her favorite part of being at the RFP is working with and learning from people both older and younger.