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Sandi M. Logan - Head of School & Principal
Since 2017, Sandi M. Logan has served as the Principal of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA) and, since 2021, as its Head of School. She served previously as the Director of Academic Operations and later as an Assistant Principal. Ms. Logan oversees DESA’s academic and arts curriculums, student support services, operations, finances, development, human resources, and special events. She serves as an ex officio board member on the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Project and the Ellington Fund boards and is an active member of the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) and SHADE, DESA’s parent-teacher organization.
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Prior to joining DESA, 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 as 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 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.