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About Us

The overarching goal of Parallel Hope Schools, Inc. (PHS) is that no student will struggle from not learning or understanding quickly enough to keep up with the class,and that every student is able to learn all of the material taught.  This revolutionary new school - one in which every student is able to learn – is designed to be a place that focuses on each student's individual needs, skills and learning styles.

This is not "education as usual," and not a computers-are-the-answer form of education. PHS believes that education today can be rigorous while still genuinely meeting the needs of every child at every moment. Simply differentiating the instruction given inside a traditional classroom group is not enough. Children and their parents deserve more. They deserve an education hand-crafted for their children and taught in a classroom setting with customized lessons designed by teachers and taught in person.

PHS is designed to change the looks and outcomes of education. For each individual child, PHS will be a whole new type of school.


Annette Laguerre, M.Ed.
Principal, Administrator
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Mrs. Laguerre holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Mathematics and a Master's of Education in Human Development.  After her early teaching experience in Michigan, Mrs. Laguerre relocated to Montgomery County, Maryland, where she met her husband.  It was here she gained her expertise in alternative education as a teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, where her students' success ignited her passion for reaching students who do not fit into a pre-programmed academic mold.

 Board Of Directors

Frank Clark
Jacob Schans
Jill Freund

Frank Clark worked his way through college while he worked as a mechanic.  During this time, he met his wife, Pam. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics. He taught high school Government and Economics until he was laid off.  He then worked as a service manager at a dealership before purchasing his own business.

After many years as an auto mechanic, Frank helped his church start a K-12 school. During this time, Frank earned a master’s degree in Christian School Administration. This launched his career as a Christian administrator. Over the span of this career, he ran five Christian schools. In addition, he completed several doctoral courses in Deaf Education. Frank also served on the Association of Christian Schools International’s school accreditation team in Ohio. 

Frank took a sabbatical in order to help his family with his ailing mother. Upon his return to administration, Frank substituted for a Christina school principal in Kansas who had cancer. He then became the principal over bus students at the Manhattan, Kansas School District. After six years, he took a position in a nearby school district which merged his school administration with his skills as a mechanic. 


Frank is now retired and lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Pam.  Together, they raised four children, and have fifteen grandchildren.

Vice Chairperson

Jacob Schans grew up near Grand Rapids, Michigan. He studied at Cornerstone University and graduated with bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Jacob has always been caring and helpful towards others. He met his wife, Olga Schans in 2001, who was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. After they got married in 2003, they lived in Moscow, Russia for two years where Jacob learned Russian language and culture. He became fluent in Russian language within 2 years.  

Jacob always had passion for people and the desire to serve. Jacob is a family man with a devotion to God, his wife and his daughter. In 2007, Jacob with his family moved to DC Metropolitan area and has developed personal and professional interest in the field of Real Estate and Property Management. He currently works full-time as an Asset Manager in the housing industry and part-time as a Realtor in the MD and DC residential markets.

Jill and her late husband raised five children.  She loves being with her family and five grandchildren who all live close by.  She loves her church family and has served at her church for over 35 years.  Jill has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 18 years.