Maya Angelou, Social Justice School

Our Crew

 

Founding Team

Myron Long

Executive Director and Founder

Myron Long is a native Washingtonian, a graduate of DC Public Schools, and a veteran D.C. teacher and principal, most recently at the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. He graduated from Morgan State University in Maryland with dual degrees in philosophy and political science and received his master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in social policy from American University. At every stage of his career, Long has brought a commitment to social justice into his educational practice. He is a NewSchools Venture Fund grantee and a Camelback Ventures Fellow, an inaugural Expeditionary Learning School Design Fellow as well as a 4.0 Schools Fellow.

Brandon Johnson

Founding Principal

Brandon Johnson started his career in education with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District where he served at an alternative high school where he worked as one of the school’s community based social workers. While working full time, Mr. Johnson attended graduate school at Case Western Reserve University where he got his masters in nonprofit management and community and social development. As an educator, Mr. Johnson has been a part of many fellowships and leadership positions such as the Education Innovation Fellowship, the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the District of Columbia Public School Teacher Selection Ambassador.

Michele Gray

Director of Student Support

Michele Gray has been in education for 25 years with a background in special education, early childhood and dual language acquisition.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Special Education with a minor in Spanish Literature, later earning a certificate in Education Policy from the University of Maryland at College Park. For nine years she taught in Maryland and Virginia in self contained and inclusive environments, and later held various leadership positions in the District. Michele has always been a champion for students with disabilities and their families. She was a consultant and advocate for children in the abuse and neglect system for DC Superior Court and assigned attorneys. In her free time, Michele is an avid comic book reader, joke writer, and mother to two boys and an oversized cat.

Reginald Galloway

Director of Operations

Reginald Galloway is a dynamic young professional and change agent dedicated to creating quality and life-changing educational opportunities for DC youth. Professionally, Reginald has specialized in helping to scale and grow emerging organizations with his programmatic and operational expertise. Prior to joining the Social Justice School, he served as the founding Charter Systems Manager at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus (DPAC) a K-12 turnaround Title I public charter school located in an underserved community in West Las Vegas, Nevada. In this capacity, Reginald developed and executed the school’s operational and compliance strategies which supported the delivery of a rigorous college preparatory education for over 1,100 students.

Dominique Diggs

Operations Manager

Dominique Diggs is originally from Miami, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Afro American Studies from Howard University and is currently enrolled at American University to receive her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Education Policy. Dominique has always been passionate about serving diverse communities and believes that advocacy is one of the most important tools to utilize in education. Before she joined The Social Justice School, Dominique worked for Uncommon Schools as an English Teacher and KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools as an Operations Manager. In her free time, she enjoys reading books from authors across the diaspora, visiting new restaurants or farmers markets and traveling the world with her best friends.

Bria Wade

Family Engagement Specialist

Bria Wade is the Family Engagement Specialist at the Social Justice School. She primarily focuses on student recruitment and building relationships with families in order to support the overall well-being of our scholar-activists. She is a strong-believer in genuine partnerships between families and school staff as a major factor in student success and sense of belonging. Before joining the SJS crew, Bria was a Fellow at CityBridge Education. She assisted with community engagement, led recruitment and co-designed programming to support innovators across D.C. in the early stages of designing solutions to problems impacting local students. Bria attended Georgetown University where she majored in African American Studies with a minor in Education. During her time in undergrad, she studied abroad in Tanzania and Rwanda where she learned Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda as well as conducted research on intergenerational trauma and healing practices.

Shaqueal Stevens

Social Worker

Shaqueal Stevens, LMSW is originally from Marietta, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Spanish from Berea College. She also attended Howard University and earned her Master of Social Work with a specialization in Family and Child Welfare. Ms. Stevens has worked in DC and Maryland in various roles as a child and family Social Worker helping children realize their potential and providing families with resources. She firmly believes that investing in your emotional wellbeing unlocks your capacity to reach and exceed your goals. When things get difficult, Ms. Stevens uses coping skills such as deep breathing, yoga, exercising, and of course, traveling. She has visited several different countries for school and pleasure and loves trying different and authentic food.

Founding Teachers

Ondrae Jackson

Math Teacher

Ondrae Jackson, MSW hails from Harlem, NYC. She earned her Bachelors of Health Science and Master of Social Work from the illustrious Howard University. Ms. Jackson, who affectionately prefers to be called Ms. OJ, has been teaching math in underserved communities for five years. As a mother and personal trainer, Ms. OJ believes that holistic health is the catalyst to freedom for people of color and that contending to the mind, body and soul will open new perspectives to foster the change necessary in this world.  

Carlos Omana

Inclusion Teacher

Carlos Omana is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English/Writing with a minor in Computer Science from DePauw University. He also attended Johns Hopkins University and earned his Master of Science in Education. Mr. Omana has worked in DC and Chicago in various roles as an educator helping children better understand concepts and even learn about coding. He has taught various subjects such as Math, Coding, Technology, and Science! He believes that by having a growth mindset and passion, you can accomplish anything. Mr. Omana likes to spend his downtime reading books, going for runs, cooking, and playing games, and is always in search of new things to try out!

Rebecca Ain

ELA Teacher

Rebecca Ain is an East Coast native who was born and raised in the Boston area. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Fordham University in New York City. As an educator, Rebecca Ain relishes the opportunity to use literature as an avenue for social justice, and she believes deeply in the power of books, language, and learning to expand minds and worlds. Currently in her eighth year teaching, Ms. Ain began her teaching career in the Bronx and has taught in San Jose, California and southeast D.C. Prior to becoming an educator, Ms. Ain worked in the nonprofit sector at an organization that provides healthcare and social services to homeless New Yorkers. A lifelong dancer who trained in classical ballet and modern dance, Ms. Ain is passionate about movement, yoga, and the arts and their potential to heal and empower individuals and communities. Outside of school, Ms. Ain enjoys spending time with her husband and miniature poodle Casper.

Danyelle Smith

Inclusion Teacher

Danyelle is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a 7- year veteran ELA inclusion teacher in the District of Columbia. She specializes in increasing student achievement for students with special needs and learning disabilities. Ms. Smith gets excitement from introducing new text and literary/social concepts to scholars, and finds joy in witnessing the "Aha!" moments in her students. She earned her Bachelor's in anthropology/sociology and Africana studies and a minor in women and gender studies from Lafayette College. In her spare time, Ms. Smith enjoys learning new cultural dances and preparing new dishes. 

Diane D’Acosta

Liberatory Design Lab Teacher

Ms. D'Costa is the founding liberation design lab teacher at The Social Justice School. She is taking inspiration from the liberatory design thinking framework developed at the Stanford d.school and the National Equity Project to build a revolutionary curriculum for scholar activists! With a background in social studies education and a community organizer at heart, Ms.D'Costa creates the space in class for students to design solutions to our world's complex problems. She is passionate about student leadership, art and design, and community building. Ms. D'Costa is originally from Laurel, MD, attended the University of Virginia for undergrad, taught for a handful of years in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but is excited to be back in the DMV to teach the Liberatory Design course for our scholar activists. Catch her on the weekends throwing pottery, tending to her plants, or eating a chicken sandwich from Roaming Roosters!

Symone Odoms

Science and Wellness Teacher

Symone Odoms is a Detroit native and a graduate from Howard University's School of Education.  She has worked in education for the last 6 years -- serving students in grades K-10, in all subject areas. Poetry is her absolute jam, and she loves nature and trying new things. One of her favorite quotes of all time is "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strengths in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." As our science and wellness, Ms. Odoms specialty is sparking joy and curiosity as she opens up new worlds to our scholar-activists.

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