Our Team

Stacy Kane

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Stacy has worked with the team to build Washington Leadership Academy since January of 2014. Stacy has been committed improving education since she founded her first education-related non-profit in 2003. She has a B.S. and M.P.P. from Vanderbilt University, as well as a J.D. from Emory University.

Joseph Webb

Founding Principal

Joey has six years teaching experience and is a Teach for America alumni. He has a B.S. from St. Lawrence University, and an M.Ed from the Unviersity of North Carolina.

Natalie Gould

Director of Operations

Natalie has worked with a variety of education-focused nonprofits, including Teach for America and Democracy Prep. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Kalee Barbis

Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Lead English Teacher

Kalee was a Leader U Fellow at Democracy Prep. She has a B.S. from the University of Tennessee, an M.Ed from Lipscomb University, and an M.P.P. from Vanderbilt University. 

Dr. Steve Robinson

Science Teacher & Coordinator

Steve has taught high school for ten years and over eight at the college level. Steve earned his B.A. from Princeton, and his Ph.D in Cellular & Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

Jacklyn Doig-Keys

World History Teacher

Jackyln taught high school for six years, and developed Democracy Prep’s “Change the World” curriculum. She has a BSc from the University of Bristol, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MSt from Fordham University.


Enrique Ramos

Literacy Studio Teacher

Enrique taught in Hawaii through Teach for America. He earned his BA from University of Maryland, and his MS from Johns Hopkins University. 

Jordan Budisantoso

AP Computer Science Teacher

Jordan has taught computer science for four years in Miami, Florida. He earned his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and also serves as a Captain in the United States Army Reserves

Anthony Guyton

Dean of Students

Anthony is a former Special Education teacher and college counselor. He has a B.A. from Princeton University, and an M.Ed from Long Island University-Brooklyn.

Britney Corbett

Math Studio Teacher

Britney joins the WLA team after six years of teaching experience. Prior to joining the WLA team, Britney taught higher level mathematics in Virginia. She has a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.A. in Education from Virginia Tech. 

Julia Mackey

Office Manager

Julia has been working in schools on behalf of D.C. kids for over a decade and in customer service roles for almost 30 years. Julia is an expert in school operations and family engagement. 

Jaishri Shankar

Math Teacher

Jaishri began her teaching career in Kingstree, South Carolina with Teach for America. She has her B.S. in Biology from University of Maryland and her M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Christina Moore

Director of Student Services and Special Education

Christina has taught in the District of Columbia for the past 5 years. She earned her B.A and M.Ed from Niagara University, and is an IEL Educational Policy Alumni. 

Adam Browning

Math Studio Teacher

Adam has been teaching math and science Special Education in DC for two years.  Prior to moving to DC in 2014 for the DC Teaching Fellows program, he obtained his M.S.W. from CUNY Lehman in the Bronx, NY and his B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton. 

Shawn Embry

Office Associate

Ms. Embry is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management. She has a strong background in supporting and mentoring today's youth and looks forward to helping all of her students achieve their goals. 

Our Board

Rachel Torres

Board Chair

Rachel is a senior executive with the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division and is an advocate for civil service. She has over 20 years of experience overseeing federal budget and finance, procurement, human resources, information technology, and training development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and a Master’s Degree in public administration, both from Baruch College, City University of New York.  

Suraj Patel

Board Treasurer

Suraj is Director of People Operations at DC Prep. Previously, he was a Project Lead at the Boston Consulting Group. Suraj has his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alex Sanchez

Board Secretary

Alex is a Public Policy and Government Affairs Analyst at Google. Previously, he served in the Obama Administration at the Department of Education. Alex was a Teach for America Corps Member in Washington, D.C.

Duane Rollins

Co-Founder & Member

Duane is an UX and instructional designer for the federal government and co-founder of STEMLY. He has a BSME from Virginia Tech and a MID from Georgia Tech.

Lea Crusey

Board Vice Chair

Lea is a strategy consultant and the founder of Allies for Educational Equity. Her background spans the country, sectors, and the educational eco-system, from the classroom to legislative advocacy in state capitals, to the US Department of Education, where she served as Senior Policy Adviser for the Obama Administration. Lea earned her BA from Claremont McKenna College, where she double majored in history and government, and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. In addition to WLA, she serves on the Boards of the Center for Supportive Schools and Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks.

Miles Taylor

Co-Founder & Member

Miles is the National Security Advisor on the House Homeland Security Committee and previously served in the George W. Bush Administration.  He received his MA in International Relations from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and BA from Indiana University as a Truman Scholar.

Courtney Wright


Courtney has worked in a variety of education settings domestically and internationally and currently works with undeserved young adults at an alternative school in DC. She has a B.S in Secondary Education and English from Vanderbilt University and an MA in International Training and Education from American University.


Seth Andrew

Co-Founder & Member

Seth served as teacher, principal, superintendent and founder of Democracy Prep Public Schools, Senior Advisor for Education Technology in the Obama White House, office of the Chief Technology Officer, and in US Department of Education. He is currently Global Director for Bridge International Academies and he holds an A.B From Brown University and an M.Ed from Harvard University.

Beatriz Ceja-Williams


Beatriz is an advocate for high quality educational opportunities for all regardless of zip code.  She is a former elementary educator and graduate of UC Santa Cruz, BA in Sociology and George Washington University, MA in Education and Human Development. 

Daniele Schiffman


Daniele is a lawyer at Skadden Arps. She received her JD from American University and her Master in Public Policy from Columbia University.  


Venus Valladares


Venus is a visual designer and WLA parent. Venus Co-Chairs the Family and Community Engagement Committee. 

Mario Sutton


Mario is a Senior Executive at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is also a parent of a WLA student. 

Rajeev Kaul


Rajeev is a Managing Director at Accenture, where he has worked for almost 15 years.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

— Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist