DC Scholars Community Schools Team
Chief Executive OfficerCaroline Fisherow joined the Scholar Academies team in 2010 as principal of DC Scholars Stanton Elementary. Under Carlie’s leadership and in collaboration with DC Public Schools, Stanton’s academic achievement and school culture dramatically improved. In 2012, Carlie received the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership and Teaching as a result of her contributions to long-term academic plans, assessments, and the launching of family and community engagement plans at Stanton. Carlie began her education career as a middle school teacher in the DC Public Schools before becoming a founding teacher at KIPP AIM Academy. She then went on to serve as the founding principal for Excel Academy, DC’s first public charter school for girls. In fall of 2013, Carlie became the Chief Academic Officer to the DC Region of Scholar Academies. Since 2013, Carlie has managed and developed the School Directors of DC Scholars PCS and DC Scholars Stanton. In 2016, Carlie became the founding Executive Director of DC Scholars Community Schools. Carlie has seen firsthand what a committed team of parents, faculty, staff, and leaders can do for a school community. Carlie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Teaching from American University.
Executive DirectorJennifer Leonard joined the Community Schools team as Executive Director in March 2017. She has advised and worked with leaders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, primarily focusing on system and policy changes to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. She brings with her a vast amount of experience with multi-agency and multi-sector coordination, strategic thinking, and operational excellence. Jennifer brings strong management, education policy, and budget experience to the team. Under Mayor Vincent C. Gray, she served as Interim Deputy Mayor for Education after serving as Chief of Staff and the Special Education Coordinator in that office. She has provided consultative services on issues related to strategic and organizational planning, school health, and special education. She spent five years as the Executive Director of the D.C. Assembly on School Health Care. In this role, she led initiatives that promoted health services and health education through D.C. public schools. Jennifer holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MBA from Louisiana State University. She lives in DC with her husband and three children. She loves tennis, the Redskins, the Saints, and the LSU Tigers.
Director of ProgramJessica Morris directs the implementation of academic, coaching, data cycles, and student support systems at our DC Scholars schools. Prior to joining DC Scholars Community Schools, Jessica worked for DC Public Schools as manager of the Dell Foundation Increase Effectiveness Data Cycle Grant and the data-driven instructional component of the Race to the Top Grant. Jessica led the restructuring of Academic Leadership Teams around new professional develop, RTI, and data cycle models designed to accelerate the progress of all students and enhance readiness for CCSS-aligned next generation performance tasks. In 2014, Jessica was awarded DCPS central office employee of the year for her relentless work in data-driven instruction. Jessica brings a unique blend of skills and experience to DC Scholars through her background as a teacher, policy analyst, and project manager. Her greatest asset, however, is her deep love for and desire to serve both students and educators in the District of Columbia.
Director of OperationsSharonda Mann is the new Director of Operations for DC Scholars Community Schools, having joined the team in May 2016. Before joining the DC Scholars Community Schools team, she worked for over 5 years at DC Public Schools, where she held several roles, most recently Operations Specialist for the middle school cluster. In this capacity, she provided non-instructional support for 11 middle schools within DCPS, working directly with school teams to ensure that operations ran smoothly. Prior to her work on the School Operations team, Sharonda worked in the Office of School Innovation and the Office of School Turnaround as a Full Service Schools Coordinator and School Turnaround Specialist respectively, providing program-specific and comprehensive school planning support to middle schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is the proud mother of an adorable and precocious 7-year-old.
Manager of Community and Family EngagementChristie Atlee has been a member of the DC Scholars Community Schools team since 2013. Under Christie’s leadership in community and family engagement, both DC Scholars PCS and Stanton have seen significant gains in family and community engagement outcomes and have greatly expanded their community partnerships and outreach. Christie began her career as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer Outreach Coordinator and later VISTA Leader for Higher Achievement, a four-year, year-round academic enrichment program for middle school students in the DC metro area that focuses on closing the opportunity gap and placing students in top-tier high schools. Christie holds a Bachelor of Science in Community and Justice Studies from Guilford College, and is currently attending Johns Hopkins University for a Master of Science in Educational Studies, with a focus on Leadership for School, Family, and Community Collaboration and Urban Education.
Senior Manager of Talent & EngagementCandice Durham joined DC Scholars Community Schools team in July 2016 as the Manager of Talent and Recruitment. Prior to joining our team, she worked as the Manager of Talent for Collegiate Academies in New Orleans, Louisiana. In this role she recruited teachers for four schools utilizing a variety of recruiting strategies including events, brand awareness, external partnerships and sourcing. Before joining the world of Talent, Candice was a 2012 Teach for America corps member and taught Elementary school in Clinton, Louisiana and then high school English with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina for two years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Johnson & Wales University in Marketing with a minor in Human Resource Management.
Operations ManagerEmily Stone joined the DC Scholars Community Schools in July 2016 as the Operations Coordinator. Prior to joining the support team, Emily worked as a 2nd Grade Teacher at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary since 2013. In 2012, Emily began her education career as a kindergarten teacher and Teach for America Corps Member at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary, a partnership school between DC Public School and Scholar Academies. During her time teaching at Stanton, Emily served as a grade – level lead, summer curriculum writer, and a 2015-16 teacher leader for kindergarten through 2nd grade literacy intervention and data collection. Emily believes in the community school model; she has witnessed the incredible outcomes that community partnerships can yield in helping students achieve their academic goals. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude from Miami University and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.