All too often, the communities most impacted by policy choices in urban education are left out of the discussion around those changes. DC Public Schools has been at the epicenter of these discussions for many years, and we believe that our community must have a seat at the table for the district, and our kids, to succeed. DC K12 is a forum for parents, students, and teachers to raise the real issues facing our public schools and be a part of the conversation.
Edward Underwood is a photographer based out of the Washington, DC and has been shooting professionally for 10 years. Edward discovered a love for photography while traveling the world after undergrad. On each journey, he returned with a collection of images - capturing the spirit of the world, its people and their cultures. Edward currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife Shawna and their two boys, Preston (10) and Chase (3), both DCPS students.
Reggie Barbour lives in Washington, DC and is a husband and father of two sons. As an accountant by trade and fierce education advocate by nature, nothing is more important than ensuring his sons receive the best education possible for their lives. What’s more, Reggie believes that all families should have access to high-quality educational options as a way to help put their children on a successful trajectory in life. Reggie spends his time learning what he can about educational options and sharing those learnings with other families to help enlighten them to what’s possible. Reggie also prides himself on being an avid sports fan, science buff, and comic book collector.
Jonathan W. Hutto
Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr. was born in southwest Atlanta, Georgia, April 19, 1977. His parents were born in the apartheid south and were deeply affected by the social changes taking place due to the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements. Jonathan Hutto is a 4th year doctoral student in Political Science at Howard University. He coordinates the Prince George’s County People’s Coalition in Maryland and serves as an organizer for the Partnership for Renewal in Southern and Central Maryland (PRISCM). He also serves as the National Field Director for Veterans Challenge Islamophobia (VCI) for Veterans for Peace (VFP).
Naa Borle Sackeyfio
Naa Borle Sackeyfio is a Human Development graduate of the University of the District of Columbia. She has worked as a lead teacher at a number of child development centers in the Washington DC area. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Early Childhood Education. , In between academic pursuits, she is raising five wonderful children. They all attend some the best schools in the Washington DC area.
Christalyn Solomon is the founder and principal of Solomon Public Relations, LLC a PR firm specializing in providing communication and branding solutions for organizations that wish to inspire positive social change. Solomon is a media-related member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and previously served as a communications intern for the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC. She is also the founder of Lovely Accomplished Ladies Inc. a non-profit organization which aims to empower teen girls through service. Solomon earned her B.A. in Public Relations from Hampton University. You can follow her on Twitter @ChristalynPR.
Dr. Darren Woodruff
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D. is Chair of the Public Charter School Board. Dr. Woodruff has long been involved in education research and policy. Currently he is the senior director of education at the DeBruce Foundation Research Institute where he focuses on the role of schools and education in transforming underserved communities. Prior to this, Dr. Woodruff worked as a principal research analyst at the American Institutes for Research where he focused on a wide range of educational topics including support for at-risk youth, special education and closing the achievement gap. Before joining AIR, Dr. Woodruff was a faculty member at the Yale Child Student Center. He also serves on the boards of other research institutions including the Walter and Theodora Daniel Education Research Fund at Howard University.
Dr. Woodruff has authored several research papers and book chapters on education including minority issues in special education and effective programs for at-risk students. He has taught and counseled students at the elementary through college levels.
Dr. Woodruff received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, his Masters from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Howard University’s School of Education where he focused on educational psychology. He is married and has two children.