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.  

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