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.

Kennesha Kelly

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.

Ayana Malone

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.

Tracee Frazier 

Managing Director

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

Data Specialist

Bio forthcoming

Quineice Wellington 

Executive Assistant

Quineice Wellington is an experienced project coordinator with more than a decade of experience in the non-profit sector. Ms. Wellington 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. Wellington in her second career, performing as a vocalist for several agency bands at weddings and other big parties. 

We want to hear from our neighbors!

If you are a neighbor of the school and have questions, suggestions, or concerns, please reach out to our Community Liaison by email at

1375 E Street NE 

Washington D.C. 20002

Tel: (202) 547-1028

Fax: (202) 503-9913

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



© 2018 by Kingsman Academy Public Charter School


In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (“The Age Act”), Kingsman Academy Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. For additional information or to submit a complaint, please contact the Compliance Director by email, by mailing or delivering a written complaint to the school, or by calling (202) 547-1028.

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