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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

Isaac Daniel - Interim Assistant Principal
Isaac Daniel
Donna Hayden - Director of Administrative Operations
Donna Hayden
Lee Jackson - Director of Finance
Lee Jackson
Lisa Jones - Assistant Principal
Lisa Jones
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.

Keyonna Sims - Dean of Students
Keyonna Sims
James Walker - Director of Student & Parent Engagement
Greg Watkins - Director of STEAM and Arts Innovation
Greg Watkins

Administration

Deidra Bell - Administrative Aide
Barbara Bennett - Senior Accountant
Melissa Bethea - Library Media Specialist
Melvin Clay - IT Specialist
Ajahmure Clovis - Alumni Coordinator
Amber Golden - S.H.A.D.E. President
Arnold Hawkins - Title IX Director and Human Resource Consultant
Arnold Hawkins
Tyler Hoyle - Communications & External Affairs Manager
Tyler Hoyle
Maria Lewis - Attendance Counselor
Jackie Love-Baker - Development Director

Jackie Love-Baker, Director of Development, is an attorney turned fundraising specialist. She works closely with Principal Sandi Logan and the Board of Directors of Ellington Fund in manage all aspects of fundraising — including grants, donors, annual benefit, and fundraising-related communications, outreach, and branding — on behalf of Ellington Fund and Duke Ellington School of Arts.

Previously, Jackie served as the Director of the YWCA of San Diego’s Legal Advocacy Program for 13 years where she advocated on behalf of domestic violence victims and immigrants and expanded the program to include Mobile Clinics with a grant from the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The Mobile Clinics program was recognized as a best practice in a OVW congressional report and has continued to receive federal support since the first award in the early 2000’s. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project where she managed nearly one million dollars in grants annually (doubling the grant portfolio during her tenure), managed donor giving, implemented separate donor and client management systems, developed and implemented an online donation system, website, communications and outreach plan, and coordinated the annual benefit and sponsorship raising $500,000 on average each year and including speakers such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Connie Britton, actress, Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, former Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and former Vice President Joe Biden (now President of the United States).

Jackie has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California at San Diego and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego. She is a licensed attorney in the District, in California (inactive), and with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Veronica Martin - Executive Assistant to the Principal
Veronica Martin
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
Nicolas Ojeda
Kayla Roach - Admissions Associate
Tony Starnes - Audio/Visual Manager
Maxine Stone - Executive Administrative Support Manager
Maxine Stone
Jennifer Turner - Testing Coordinator