Shannon T. Hodge
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Shannon Hodge is Co-Founder & Executive Director of Kingsman Academy Public Charter School. Before founding Kingsman Academy, Ms. Hodge was the Executive Director of a charter school serving students at risk of dropping out of high school due to behavioral and emotional challenges and exceptionalities requiring intensive special education services. A former high school counselor and guidance director, Ms. Hodge has worked in and around education at the local, state, and federal levels for much of the past fifteen years. Before becoming a charter school leader, she was an attorney at the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where she represented a variety of educational organizations, including school districts and universities. Ms. Hodge has served as a co-chair of the editorial boards of the Harvard Educational Review and the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties.
Ms. Hodge holds a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American Studies from Harvard, where she also completed the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program; a master’s degree in educational and psychoeducational studies from Purdue; a master’s degree in educational administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard; a law degree from Stanford; and a master's in educational leadership from Georgetown.
Co-Founder & Deputy 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.
Senior Director for Teaching & Learning
Jacob Fishbein is an innovative educator with nearly two decades of experience in urban schools. He is guided by a core belief that schools have a duty to empower each student with the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to live a fulling and purposeful life. As a middle school teacher in Baltimore City, Mr. Fishbein led his students in community-based projects on topics such as gentrification and local history. Students in Mr. Fishbein’s classes produced compelling work such as podcasts featuring community elders, historical documentaries and digital maps of Baltimore monuments, while consistently outperforming other city schools on state reading assessments. Since then, Mr. Fishbein has served as a school designer and leader, working with schools and educators across the country to implement new educational practices such as project-based learning, data-driven assessment, and social-emotional learning strategies. His work has been featured by Education Weekly, The Aspen Institute, EL Education and more.
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!
Emily Olive Hernandez
Quineice Clarkson is an experienced project coordinator with more than a decade of experience in the non-profit sector. Ms. Clarkson has a background in digital media and web technology and has a project management professional (PMP) certificate from the University of Maryland University College.
If you are out and about in the Washington, D.C., area, you might catch Ms. Clarkson in her second career, performing as a vocalist for several agency bands at weddings and other big parties.