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Thurgood Marshall Academy Announces Raymond Weeden as Executive Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Board of Trustees announced Raymond A. Weeden, Jr. as the school’s new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2019.

“Mr. Weeden brings extensive leadership and policy experience with the local charter community to Thurgood Marshall Academy,” said Jonathan Stoel, Chair of the Board. “With his passion and dedication to public education, Raymond will ensure our school continues to fulfill its mission and adheres to its Driving Principles of Community, Diversity, Democracy/Participation, and Excellence.”

Mr. Weeden most recently worked at DC Prep, a top-performing, multi-site charter school in Washington, DC.  Raymond first served as the Principal of DC Prep’s Benning Elementary Campus, subsequently becoming Senior Director of Policy and Community Engagement.  Mr. Weeden’s most recent role has included successful efforts to organize the school’s stakeholders.

Prior to his time at DC Prep, Mr. Weeden was Principal of Chavez Parkside Middle School.  Under his three years of leadership, the school’s proficiency rates rose in reading from 26% to 46% and in math from 28% to 65%.  He also taught for six years as a Math instructor at SEED Public Charter School, before becoming its Resident Principal.  Mr. Weeden is a graduate of New Leaders and received both his BA in Sociology and his MA in Teaching from the University of Virginia. He also received an MS in Education Administration from Trinity University.

“I have always been impressed by Thurgood Marshall Academy’s accomplishments.  I’m humbled and honored to join the Warrior family and continue its legacy of success,” said Mr. Weeden.

“The entire Board is grateful to TMA’s students, families, staff and leadership for their participation in our Executive Director search.  It was a smooth process that led to a successful outcome,” said Mr. Stoel. In November 2018, TMA’s Executive Director Richard Pohlman announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the school year.  Mr. Pohlman will remain in his role through the end of the school year and has graciously agreed to assist with supporting Mr. Weeden to ensure a successful transition.  Mr. Stoel added that “the Board is appreciative of Rich’s service to our students and to the broader TMA community.  We look forward to honoring Mr. Pohlman’s contributions to our success at a future date.”