DC Scholars Community Schools Team
Chief Academic OfficerCaroline “Carlie” Fisherow was renamed the Principal of Stanton Elementary School in June 2017. In 2016, Carlie became the founding Executive Director of DC Scholars Community Schools after three years of managing and developing the School Directors of DC Scholars PCS and DC Scholars Stanton as the Chief Academic Officer to the DC Region of Scholar Academies.
Carlie’s tenure with Scholar Academies began in 2010 as principal of DC Scholars Stanton Elementary where she remained until 2013. 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, and later the founding principal for Excel Academy, DC’s first public charter school for girls. Throughout her career, 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 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.
Director of TalentCandice 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.
Operations AssistantChandler Davis joined DC Scholars Community Schools’ Operations team in 2018. He is an Army Veteran and has an abundance of experience in operations, strategic planning, and customer service. Prior to joining the team, Chandler worked in the private sector in various operations roles in both Florida and Virginia. Chandler’s love for helping others and desire to see children succeed to their fullest potential pushed him to join the nonprofit world to utilize these talents for a greater community purpose.
Recruitment CoordinatorDickey Comeaux joined the DC Scholars Community Schools team in January 2019 as a Recruitment Coordinator. Dickey is a former ELA Teacher and Instructional Coach from New Orleans. After moving outside of the classroom, Dickey supported the development of leaders with the ULEAD program in NOLA and then with the Recovery School District (RSD) before heading to Atlanta to oversee the charter submission and authorization process of Athena Academy. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Education, as well as a Masters in Philosophy from Tulane University.