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.
Dr. Kourtney Miller Principal
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. 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.
Parkside Middle & High School
William Massey is a native of Detroit, Michigan and very early on he made a commitment to serve communities similar to the ones in which he grew up. After majoring in Public Policy and graduating from Michigan State University, Mr. Massey embarked on his professional career and life-long purpose as an educator.
Mr. Massey quickly moved to the Dallas Fort Worth Area, and that is where all his work in Title One schools began. He taught middle school Social Studies and high school Theatre Arts in Grand Prairie Texas. He was recognized as a leader early on and served as an Instructional Coach. William went on to serve in the Garland Independent School District at O’Banion Middle School where he served as a full-time Social Studies teacher and obtained his Masters of Education from Concordia University in Educational Administration. While at O’Banion Middle School, Mr. Massey served as an Administrative Intern where he led several initiatives around developing strong Professional Learning Communities and producing strong student cultures. Mr. Massey went on work as an Assistant Principal at Billy Earl Dade Middle School and H. Grady Spruce High School in the Dallas Independent School District. At both Spruce and Dade Mr. Massey worked on numerous improvement projects, revising the means of providing student remediation for struggling students, implementing data-driven instructional strategies, and coaching teachers to sustained growth in the classroom. Mr. Massey’s relentless focus on school improvement and school turnaround led him to his current post as Principal of our Parkside High School campus.
Mr. Massey is excited about continuing to provide the leadership necessary to build and instill a culture of excellence at Parkside High School. He is very proud of the growth his staff and students have made in year one and is looking forward to the great things year two will bring. Student achievement serves not only as a metric for him, but it serves as his motivation to do what he does for children as relates to fulfilling his life’s purpose.