Raymond Weeden, Executive Director
Mr. Weeden has over a decade of experience in the Washington, D.C., education, leadership and policy sectors. For seven years he taught math for Columbus Public School and The SEED Public Charter School. At SEED PCS he became a New Leader’s Resident Principal. Mr. Weeden first served as Principal of Chavez Parkside Middle School. Under his four years of leadership, the school’s proficiency rates rose in reading from 26% to 46% and in math from 28% to 65%. Then, he served as the Principal of DC Prep’s Benning Elementary Campus, a top-performing, multi-site charter school in Washington, DC. Raymond’s most recent role as Senior Director of Policy and Community Engagement he successfully organized the school’s stakeholders while advocating for quality public education and student safety. He serves on the boards of DC Special Education Coop. Statesman College Preparatory Academy for Boys PCS and ServeDC. Mr. Weeden earned both his BA in Sociology and Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MS in Education Administration from Trinity University.
Abdullah Zaki, Head of School
As Head of School, Mr. Zaki is responsible for daily instruction, curriculum development, teacher observation and feedback, academic assessments, and overall academic performance. He brings more than 20 years education experience in D.C.’s public middle and high schools, most recently serving as principal of Dunbar High School. Mr. Zaki earned a B.A. in English from Howard University, a Master’s in Secondary Education from The George Washington University, a Master of Science in Education from Trinity University, and completed an Executive Master’s in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Keisha Hutchinson, Quality Assurance Manager
Mrs. Hutchinson joined the Thurgood Marshall Academy family during its inaugural year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and has served in various capacities throughout the school during her tenure. She currently manages student admissions, oversees data management for our student information systems and handles compliance reporting. Prior to joining the Thurgood Marshall Academy, she worked as a consultant with Accenture, a leading management consulting firm. She is also a proud Spelman College alumna.
Malika Mays, Associate Head of School
Ms. Mays is a native Californian who has been working in the field of education for sixteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Clark Atlanta University. Ms. Mays spent the first ten years of her career as a middle school English Language Arts teacher in Atlanta and Washington, DC. Beyond the classroom, Ms. Mays has served in many capacities including guidance counselor, Dean of Students, Academic Director, and Resident Principal. Ms. Mays believes that education is the key to freedom and that high-quality education is a civil right. To this end, she continues to work with students, staff, and families to improve and increase the educational opportunities for children in the communities where she serves. Ms. Mays is excited to working alongside the Thurgood Marshall faculty and staff to serve the students and families within the Southeast DC community.
Sanjay Mitchell, Director of College and Alumni Support
Mr. Mitchell has been working the college admission/counseling profession for more than 10 years. He started at the University at Albany (SUNY) where he served as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Currently Mr. Mitchell serves as the Director of College and Alumni Programs at Thurgood Marshall Academy PCHS, ensuring that 100% of eligible seniors are accepted into college, 98% complete the FAFSA application, 90% enroll in college immediately after high school, and boast a more than 60% college retention and graduation rate with the alumni support. Mr. Mitchell has presented and served on several committees with the New York State Association of College Admissions Counseling (NYSACAC), National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), National College Access Network (NCAN), and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). Mr. Mitchell earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University at Albany and currently resides in the Washington, DC area.
Giselle Pole, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships
Ms. Pole manages the school’s fundraising and communications efforts. She has more than 10 years of nonprofit experience in various fundraising capacities with organizations including Washington National Cathedral, United Cerebral Palsy, and the Bishop John T Walker School for Boys, and recently served on the board of For Love of Children. She received a B.A. in Communications from Elon University, and an M.P.A. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Elena Roberts, Director of Special Education
Elena Roberts brings 14 years of experience working in the education field in both rural and urban settings through a variety of roles. She served as Charter School Senior Leader in Washington, DC where she oversaw the school’s engagement, advocacy, and network operations efforts with community members and policymakers. She also served as Content Specialist consultant to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, responsible for data collection, analysis, and reporting, as well as providing navigational assistance to school administrators on the statewide special education data system and on policies and procedures.
Ms. Roberts worked for the State of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia as a general education and special education teacher, curriculum support supervisor, and special education department lead. Through these experiences, she gained expertise in the areas of curriculum development, complex project management, implementation of a special education program at LEA and SEA level, measuring teacher and student achievement through data collection and analysis and effective communication. She is strongly committed to bridging the gap between the need to collect data efficiently and fluidity of the learning process for students at-risk and with disabilities.
Ms. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education Leadership from Saint Francis University, with an active certification in elementary and special education.
David Schlossman, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Schlossman oversees facilities, finance, and human resources at Thurgood Marshall Academy. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for twenty years, focusing on education and the arts. He has taught students of all ages, including as a lecturer at University of Maryland, College Park. His nonprofit experience includes administration for the Chicago Artists Coalition and Natya Dance Theatre. He earned B.A.s in English and Theatre at Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Theatre from Northwestern University. He was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities.
Stacey Stewart, Director of Student Affairs
A native New Yorker, raised in North Carolina, Mrs. Stewart earned a B.S. in Biology from Elizabeth City State University, and a Masters in Teaching from American University in Washington, DC. She has resided in the District of Columbia for over ten years with her family in Ward 8. Mrs. Stewart served as a science classroom teacher for middle and high school students in both DCPS and DC Charter Schools. Upon joining the TMA family in 2005 she served in the capacity as Computer Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Science Department Chair, Dean of Students, and Summer Prep Enrichment Program Director. She has over a decade of experience in the Washington, D.C., education, leadership, and family and student support. She is an Education Policy Fellowship Program alumni for cohort 2015. Mrs. Stewart continues to advocate and service students and families in her current role as Director of Student Affairs.
Amanda Wilson, Director of Programs
Ms. Wilson is the school’s Director of Programs. She manages all aspects of TMA’s out-of school time programming, including the Mentor Program, Clubs and Athletics, Homework Help, and offsite law-related programming. Ms. Wilson first joined TMA as an AVODAH fellow in 2013 before becoming the Programs Manager; she was later promoted to Director. A native of Philadelphia, she earned her BA in Urban Studies and Communication/Rhetoric Theory from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Wilson believes that learning continues outside the classroom walls, and that all students can benefit from experiential learning opportunities. She is committed to providing students with meaningful extracurricular experiences that will enhance their academic performance. In addition to overseeing Programs, she leads a Yoga Club for students, and practices in her spare time as an instructor. She lives in Washington D.C.