Sarah Lehar has spent the last decade in the educational landscape of DC as a teacher and leader with a deep commitment to students in Wards 7 and 8. She began her career as a social studies teacher at Anacostia High School, and went on to advance as Academic Dean and Assistant Principal of HD Woodson and Resident Principal of Truesdell Education Campus (K-8) and Ballou High School in the 2015-16 school year as a Mary Jane Patterson Fellow (MJPF). As a MJPF, Sarah spent time observing and meeting with leaders at some of the most innovative and rigorous schools, taking away strategies to increase student learning and teacher development in DCPS. Most recently, Sarah was the Head of School of Washington Metropolitan High School.
Parkside Middle & High School
Dr. Kourtney Miller
Dr. Kourtney Miller is a native of Columbia, SC and has been in the District of Columbia for the past twelve years. She attended the extraordinary South Carolina State University located in Orangeburg, SC. While at SCSU, she was involved in a number of activities which included playing on the Lady Bulldogs Tennis Team, holding various offices in the Student Government, joining the Devastating Divas of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and being crowned the sixty-fifth Miss South Carolina State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from SCSU in 2004 with a B.S. in Mathematics. She relocated to the DC area to attend Howard University and taught undergraduate mathematics courses after earning her Masters of Science in Mathematics in 2007. One year later, she founded her own company Fulton Tutorial Services, LLC where she worked full-time serving over 100 clients while working at schools in Prince George’s County and charter schools in the district until August 2011. She then transitioned to teaching full-time on the high school level at Cesar Chavez where she served as the senior class advisor, pageant coordinator, instructional coach and assistant principal.
She has since earned her doctorate and settled in Maryland with her loving husband and her two sons. They are members of the Silver Spring Church of Christ where they teach bible study and serve. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and friends, playing sports and games, traveling, and teaching at all levels. She knows that God has truly blessed her with a great family, church home, good health, and career that she loves. She understands that “To whom much is given, much is required.”
In 2016, she transitioned to Chavez Prep Middle School as their principal for the 2016-2017 school year and returned as principal to the Parkside campus in 2018. Her vision is that she will be the inspirational leader among leaders who exhibits the highest level of excellence; creates systems, conditions, and a culture that encourages scholastic achievement; and defines and monitors the work that must be done, while building the capacity of those who engage in this work.
Chavez Prep Middle School
Dr. Yetunde Reeves
Dr. Yetunde Reeves has served as a transformational school leader since 2005 and most recently as the Principal of Ballou High in Washington, DC. Prior to joining DC Public Schools in 2014, Dr. Reeves was the Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Hayward Unified School District. Dr. Reeves has also served as Principal of the East Palo Alto Academy High School for two years. Among Dr. Reeves’ greatest accomplishments is co-designing and leading EXCEL High School in Oakland, California. There, Dr. Reeves and her team were able to create a college going culture and many of these practices were implemented in other schools.
Dr. Reeves completed her National Board Certification in Social Studies, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in Education from UCLA. Dr. Reeves completed a master’s and doctoral program in Leadership from Mills College. Her dissertation focused on creating a college going culture in urban schools.
Dr. Reeves has served schools in various capacities, including a social studies teacher and Assistant Principal and is committed to social justice education. Her passion is working with students of color and supporting first generation college students. Ballou has received recognition for the restorative justice approach to school climate and their success in creating a school wide college going culture. All students in the Class of 2017 applied to at least one college and were accepted to a 2- or 4-year college.
Dr. Reeves’ leads a team of educators, in collaboration with partners, who believe that their students will change the narrative about students of color. They are committed to transforming the educational experience of their students and ultimately improving their community.