School Management & Leadership
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Kennesha Kelly came to Kingsman Academy from Options Public Charter School, which she joined in 2012 as a Data Specialist to help redesign the school's data collection systems and monitor process and outcome measures toward school improvement goals under the Race to the Top Turnaround Model. Through the intervention program, Ms. Kelly supported the development of information systems to improve the efficacy of student performance data, increased validity and reliability of assessments to improve data driven instructional strategies, and established baseline measures to evaluate the effectiveness of school wide programs. Ms. Kelly continued to support school turnaround initiatives at Options PCS as Chief of Staff for the 2014-2015 school year by managing special projects and leading key school improvement programs through collaborative strategic planning and supporting the deliverables of school leadership.
Ms. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Anthropology and Afroamerican Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Senior Director of Student Support Services
After graduating with her Master’s Degree from American University, Ayana Malone began teaching special education in a non-categorical classroom through the Teach for America program in New Orleans, LA. Ms. Malone taught for several years with a primary focus in emotional/behavioral disorders and low-incidence disability in Louisiana and Washington, DC. Ms. Malone broadened her horizons by moving into an administrative position with The New Teacher Project working in the central office of DC Public Schools. From there she continued to work in direct school administration as a coordinator and eventually a director focused on special education, English language learning and program design. Over the years, her focus has remained program and staff development for student service positions to ensure students have the academic and wrap-around support needed for reaching their highest potential. When Ms. Malone is not dancing, cooking, reading, or traveling, she is a doctoral student at Morgan State University.
Emily Olive Hernandez
Data and Compliance Manager
Strategic Initiatives and Finance Coordinator
Director of Operations
Derek Deane began his thirty-year education career as a teacher in the District of Columbia, where he worked with at-risk youth in a special program at a psychiatric hospital. Before joining Kingsman Academy, Mr. Deane was a social studies teacher, social studies content specialist, assistant principal, and athletic director at another public charter school in the District of Columbia, where he won a citywide charter school football championship just two years after beginning the school’s football program. He has also worked in the financial services industry, working with educators in the 403(b) retirement sector.
Mr. Deane holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech University.
Program Director - R.I.S.E.
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.
Program Director - Odyssey, ace360, and Bridging the Gap
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.
Program Director - Middle School
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.