Leadership Team


Jonas Cleaves


Principal Cleaves is from Chicago and attended Northeastern Illinois to attain his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Cleaves then went on to attend Lehigh University and acquired his Master’s in Educational Leadership. Principal Cleaves has served as an administrator in Chicago, as well as Philadelphia. He is excited to serve in Memphis and embark on the journey in founding Bluff City High School. He is looking forward to seeing students and staff grow throughout the year. During his free time he enjoys pickup basketball, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends.


Elyse Haller

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Haller is from California and attended California State University Chico to attain a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Mrs. Haller is currently finishing up her Master’s in Educational Leadership at Christian Brother’s University. Mrs. Haller got her start in education by joining Teach for America- Memphis. Mrs. Haller has also taught in the city of New Orleans. During her free time she enjoys reading, hosting socials, traveling and hiking.


Kristen Alesch

School Operations Manager

Miss Alesch is from Iowa and studied International Business and Spanish at the University of Iowa. Kristen got her start in education after joining Teach for America- Memphis where she then taught Spanish at Fairley High School for two years. This will be her third year with Green Dot and first year in operations. During her free time, Kristen enjoys doing crossfit, eating good food, going out with friends and catching up with her family members on the telephone.

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Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee

4100 Ross Rd.
Memphis, TN 38115

Phone: (901) 730-8157