Tracee Frazier has been at the forefront of conceptualizing the development of start-up schools, from staffing, training, and implementation, for the past twenty-five years. She has a background in integrating the arts and technology in educational programming and is skilled in promoting system-wide change in teacher and student practice.
Ms. Frazier has served as a mentor for new school leaders in Baltimore and worked as a supervisor and coach for principals of low-performing schools in Oklahoma. She has been a teacher and principal in Washington, D.C., and has supported D.C. educators and leaders as the Director of High School Instruction in D.C. Public Schools’ Office of School Turnaround and as a Manager of Instructional Coaches. Most recently, Ms. Frazier has worked as an independent consultant, providing support to schools and districts in implementing strategic plans with measures of accountability.
Ms. Frazier is a natural leader, inspiring others to surpass their personal limits and to be not only “sincere” educators but also highly skilled in their professions. She has four beautiful children who share her love for old school music and the beach!
Director of Special Education
Desirée Brown has 20 years of experience working in education and local government. She launched her career in the field of special education, specifically early intervention for infants and toddlers, and has worked with children and families across K-12 education as well as with adults with disabilities and their families.
Ms. Brown has taken on supervisory and leadership roles, including policy development and analysis, staff and professional development, educator training, homeless student outreach as a McKinney-Vento liaison, and parent outreach and engagement.
She co-produced a series of videos on student-led IEP's: "The Best Me I Can Be", "Get Started Now: Talking About Disabilities", and "Let's Talk About It: A Family Perspective", and helped lead the develop of the secondary transition and planning program for the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
Ms. Brown has a loving and supportive family and network of friends, she loves reading (especially Octavia Butler), music and concerts, movies, dancing, traveling, and her experience at the illustrious Howard University -- H U, you know! -- and she absolutely loves to laugh.
Director of Integrated Comprehensive Services
Ms. Katrina Foster came to Kingsman Academy Public Charter School after more than two decades in the human services arena as an Adjunct Professor, Inclusion Teacher, Correctional Officer, Program Manager and Special Education Compliance Coordinator. With a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Education, she has been able to fulfill her childhood dream of making a difference in the lives of as many children as possible through education. She is the Program Director for Bridging The Gap (BTG) and Raising Individual Scholars toward Excellence (R.I.S.E.) here at Kingsman, supporting staff and creating a inspirational learning environment for scholars with hopes of developing in them the capacity to become productive citizens and well-rounded individuals.
Director of Behavior Interventions
Zarmina Hotaki grew up in Northern Virginia and has worked in education and counseling for the last 18 years. She has served as an assistant principal, principal, and dean of academics in schools in Virginia and internationally. Ms. Hotaki has also supported learners in an acute care psychiatric hospital in Virginia. She holds a BS in psychology and an MA in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University as well as a graduate certificate in mind, brain, and teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at East Carolina University.
The quote by Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” epitomizes the principle that guides Ms. Hotaki's educational decisions. She believes that we are, by default, entrusted to guide the developing minds of our students through their educational journeys and to help make dreams come true. Ms. Hotaki is a part-time driver and chef for her four kids, and this is the job she is most proud of. In her spare time, she likes to read, cook and spend time with family.
Vonetta Long has 20 years of experience in education, having started as a teacher of kindergarten, third, and fourth grade. Ms. Long has a long history with Kingsman Academy, where she has worked as an intervention specialist, special education teacher, Middle School Dean of Students, and Special Education Coordinator. She truly loves educating, supporting, and making a difference in her students’ lives.
Ms. Long holds a B.S. in elementary education from Delaware State University and an M.A. in education and human development from The George Washington University. She provides staff professional development for secondary transition, special education, family engagement, and positive behavior intervention.
She is a proud parent of one daughter, who is majoring in physical education at Norfolk State University. Ms. Long loves spending time with her family and friends and loves traveling, good food, and dancing. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Stevenette Sayeh is a native of the West African Republic of Liberia. She has resided in the United States for the past 26 years, with 18 of those 26 years as an educator. She spent was a classroom teacher for 11 years and has already served as an Instructional Coach, Assistant Director of Academics, and, presently, Co-Director of Academics. Ms. Sayeh joined the Kingsman family at its inception in the 2015-2016 school year. At Kingsman, she devotes her time to the development of teachers, spending most of her day in classrooms, where she engages in real-time coaching and mentoring. She also conducts professional development for teachers based on their needs.
Ms. Sayeh has a varied educational background, with three years in medical school (A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, West Africa), bachelor of science in general science (Cuttington University, West Africa), bachelor of science in clinical lab science (Rhode Island College) and a masters in physics education from George Washington University. Outside of education, Ms. Sayeh has worked as a behavior therapist and a clinical lab technician. A very important aspect of Ms. Sayeh’s life is family. She has one son who is majoring in literary studies and a very large family consisting of 7 sisters and 15 brothers. She enjoys spending time with family and also doing community outreach for her local church.