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Administration

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

- Duke Ellington

Sandi Logan - Head of School & Principal
Sandi Logan

Sandi Logan is the Principal (previously the Director of Academic Operations) at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). As Director, Ms. Logan lead operational coordination, implementation, and management of student data tracking and reporting. As the senior liaison to for DESA to D.C. Public School System, she ensures the organizational alignment with and implementation of local and federal standards and policies. She also leads the Special Education, SST/504 and Guidance Counseling Department in providing student support services.

Prior to joining Ellington, Ms. Logan proudly served as a Special Education Chair within the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS) in Maryland.  In this capacity, she served on the front lines of identifying students with special needs such learning disabilities, autism spectrum, and emotional disturbances.  With a passion for supporting the educational and emotional development of our young people, she led a team a team of education professionals in teaching children with emotional disturbances at the Positive Education Program in Cleveland, Ohio.  In this role, she implemented such forward thinking programs as art therapy as an effective support mechanism for enabling troubled youth to express themselves in a positive and constructive manner.

As a native of Cleveland, OH, she attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration on U.S. and Pan-African History.  She earned a Master’s of Education (M.Ed) from Cleveland State University, and holds an Education Administrator Certification from the George Washington University.

Leadership

Jevelle Branch - Director of Operations & Collaborative Projects
Isaac Daniel - Interim Assistant Principal
Donna Hayden - Director of Administrative Operations
Donna Hollis - Director of Social Emotional Learning & Shepherding
Lee Jackson - Chief Financial Officer
Angela Jones - Director of Arts
Lisa Jones - Assistant Principal
Sandi Logan - Head of School & Principal
Sandi Logan

Sandi Logan is the Principal (previously the Director of Academic Operations) at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). As Director, Ms. Logan lead operational coordination, implementation, and management of student data tracking and reporting. As the senior liaison to for DESA to D.C. Public School System, she ensures the organizational alignment with and implementation of local and federal standards and policies. She also leads the Special Education, SST/504 and Guidance Counseling Department in providing student support services.

Prior to joining Ellington, Ms. Logan proudly served as a Special Education Chair within the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS) in Maryland.  In this capacity, she served on the front lines of identifying students with special needs such learning disabilities, autism spectrum, and emotional disturbances.  With a passion for supporting the educational and emotional development of our young people, she led a team a team of education professionals in teaching children with emotional disturbances at the Positive Education Program in Cleveland, Ohio.  In this role, she implemented such forward thinking programs as art therapy as an effective support mechanism for enabling troubled youth to express themselves in a positive and constructive manner.

As a native of Cleveland, OH, she attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration on U.S. and Pan-African History.  She earned a Master’s of Education (M.Ed) from Cleveland State University, and holds an Education Administrator Certification from the George Washington University.

Veronica Martin - Executive Assistant to the Principal
Savannah R. Overton Williams - Director of External Affairs & Community Engagement
Savannah R. Overton Williams

Savannah R. Overton-Williams is a media literacy advocate, media studies scholar and diversity consultant who is deeply passionate about diversity, human rights, urban studies and all things sociological. Savannah was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but has made the east coast her home. Prior to joining the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as the Director of Admissions, she worked for several companies and non-profits in the Los Angeles, Boston and DC areas conducting research, managing community projects and social media outlets. She is also an adjunct professor who teaches courses on school violence, race, gender & class.

Savannah earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Pepperdine University in Intercultural Communication and Sociology. After college, she spent several years in reality television at Fox Broadcasting Company working as a liaison between production companies and the network on shows such as: American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, The NAACP Image Awards, The Emmy Awards, among others.

In 2012 she completed her Master’s degree in Media Studies from Syracuse University. Her work there took her back to her roots working with incarcerated persons. Her published thesis, Hard-Knock Life: Exploring Prisoner Perceptions of Media’s Influence on Society and Crime through In-Depth Interviews and Q-Methodology was accepted at an international conference in Budapest, Hungary in 2013.

In addition to teaching and consulting, Savannah loves to volunteer with youth organizations and is an avid arts and sports enthusiast.

Deron Snyder - Director of Communications
James Walker - Director of Student & Parent Engagement

Administration

Melissa Bethea - School Librarian
Jevelle Branch - Box Office/Front House Operation Manager
Melvin Clay - IT Specialist
Amber Golden - S.H.A.D.E. President
Rhonda Keith - Head Foreman
Maria Lewis - Attendance Counselor
Treva Lindsey - Administrative Coordinator
Dana Nearing - Registrar/Gender & Sexuality Alliance Advisor
Dana Nearing

Born and raised in Detroit, Dana has been a resident of DC since 2006 and now calls it home. Dana has 14 years of professional experience spanning data management, business development, team management & development, event management, strategic & consultative selling, total account management, client relationship management, product marketing, youth engagement, and promoting healthy and transparent team culture. He earned his Bachelors in Hospitality Management from Northern Michigan University and his MBA with a concentration in Marketing from University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to his corporate background, Dana is also an artist. As an actor and R&B/Pop/Soul singer, he is heavily influenced by his Motown roots and draws inspiration and energy from his family and community. In 2013, Dana found the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and has performed with the group as a Bass, Baritone, Tenor and featured soloist ever since, singing to inspire equality and inclusion. Dana joined the Duke Ellington School of the Arts family in August of 2018 as Registrar and began serving as DESA’s Gender & Sexuality Alliance Advisor during the 2019-2020 school year.

Nicolas Ojeda - Instructional Coach
Charise Shaw - Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus
Tony Starnes - Audio/Visual Technician
Maxine Stone - Executive Administrative Support Manager
Jennifer Turner - Testing Coordinator