School Leaders


Amy Helms

Interim Head of School




LeAngelo Emperator 

Resident School Director



Brittany Whitby

Director of Mathematics 



Alexis Redeemer

Director of English Language Arts



Jennifer Guste Leonard 

Executive Director

Jennifer Leonard joined DC Scholars as its Executive Director in July 2019.  Prior to that, she served as Executive Director DC Scholars Community Schools, the school management organization partnering with DC Scholars for 2 ½ years.  She is passionate about ensuring that students in Ward 7 have amazing educational opportunities.

Jennifer 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 strong management, education policy, budget experience to the team in addition to a drive for operational excellence.   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. 

Jennifer holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MBA, BS, and BA from Louisiana State University.  She lives in DC with her husband and three children.  She loves tennis, reading, the Redskins, and the New Orleans Saints.