OUR LEADERS

Ande Noktes

Head of Schools

Ande Noktes is Head of Schools at MICA/Centner Academy. Passionate about globally-minded education, Noktes has over 25 years of experience in education and educational administration as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University, and completed her doctoral work in education. 

 
As Head of Schools at Centner Academy,
Noktes is building the school’s curriculum and ensuring the quality of academic programs by developing strategic plans that utilize her knowledge in business, mindfulness, neuroscience, and education. Additionally, she is helping build an online and hybrid learning program, overseeing the implementation of its technology and infrastructure. 
 

Noktes previously served as Head of School at Midtown International School in Atlanta, Georgia, a school she founded in 2012. Prior to founding Midtown International School, where she will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees, Noktes was the Executive Director of International Preschools in Atlanta, which she also founded. Noktes also served as Program Coordinator of Berlitz Language School in Bangkok, Thailand, where she was responsible for teacher development, program design and scheduling, enrollment, assessments and class placement.

Leila Centner

Co-Founder

For many years Leila Centner was the Chief Financial Officer of Highway Toll Administration (HTA) until it was sold in March 2018. Prior to her work with HTA, Leila held several high-level financial roles with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche, overseeing engagements with multi-billion dollar accounting clients. Leila’s greatest joy comes from being part of humanitarian organizations such as Convoy of Hope and the Centner Foundation, which she co-manages with her husband David. A proud mother of two daughters, Leila graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California’s School of Accounting and received her MBA from the University of California.

David Centner

Co-Founder

David Centner is a successful serial entrepreneur with pioneering ventures in Internet development, online marketplaces and electronic toll collection. A technology guru, visionary and self-taught programmer, David was a pre-Netscape Silicon Alley (NYC) insider founding K2 Design in 1994, one of the world’s first web-development and Internet advertising agencies. As its chairman and CEO, Mr. Centner guided K2 Design through a 1996 initial public offering and eventual profitability. While at K2, Mr. Centner also incubated CLIQNOW!, a leading network-model online-sales company, which was sold in 1999 to 24/7 Media.

David co-founded and was CEO of MaterialNet, the world’s first reverse-auction business-to-business e-marketplace for raw materials. Forbes Magazine at one time called MaterialNet one of the “best-of-the-best B2Bs in the world.” In 2002, David founded and self-funded Highway Toll Administration, the first provider of electronic toll collection services for the rental car industry. Today, HTA is a leader in its industry and provides tolling services to fleets throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. David is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management.

To know more about the founding story of Centner Academy

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