Who We Are

City Arts + Prep Public Charter School is the District’s only college preparatory public charter school that integrates rigorous academic instruction with world-class performing arts programs to propel young people towards success in school and in life.

Building on a 13-year legacy as the William E. Doar, Jr. (WEDJ) Public Charter School for the Performing Arts, City Arts educates more than 450 students in PreK through eighth grade from across the city and combines unparalleled opportunities to learn dance, theatre, music and visual arts at no cost to families.

Mission + Values

To prepare students for success in high school and beyond by providing an academically rigorous learning environment enriched by a diverse performing arts program.

City Arts scholars are respectful, relentless, and united.


Our Team

Executive Team

Lanette Dailey-Reese
Executive Director

Lanette  has served on the City Arts Board of Directors for the past two years in the roles of Academic Committee Chair and Board Secretary. She is well-versed in our school’s history, community, and plans for the future. Lanette has a long career in education, with a focus on urban schools, She has previously served as a strategic thought leader to over 75 school districts in their school turnaround efforts.

Lakeala T. Jones
Chief Academic Officer & Principal

Lakeala T. Jones has worked in education for fifteen years. She holds a Master of Administrative Leadership degree from Trinity University and a Master of Education degree from American University. Mrs. Jones also holds professional educator certifications in Administration (All Levels) and Elementary Education (1-6).

After working with the District of Columbia for ten years as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Jones joined New Leaders for New Schools. As a New Leader administrator, Mrs. Jones worked for five years with communities across the district to ensure all students received a high quality education. During this time, Mrs. Jones achieved Tier 1 status while working at Center City Public Charter School, Petworth Campus and increased student achievement in all schools.

Mrs. Jones believes that effective communication, consistency, support, and building positive relationships based on trust and respect must be the foundation of our work. She believes that together all students will continue to be successful through the unparalleled, world-class performing arts program offered at City Arts & Prep Public Charter School.

School Administration

Kristin Bellamy-Lloyd
SPED Coordinator

Shakka Greene
Dean of Students

Nate Groenendyk
Math Coach

Selena Haggins

La Shada Ham
K-2 Coach

Ashley Harris
Assistant Principal of Instruction & Curriculum

Richard Lewis
Behavior Specialist

Dominic Weeks
Behavior Specialist

Marcus Whitfield

Kai Wright
Program Assistant

Operations + External Relations

Tiffany Fells
Business Manager

Asia Gore
Senior Enrollment and Family Support Specialist

LaNeise Harris
Enrollment and Data Specialist

John Johnson
Facilities and Safety Specialist

Facilities and Safey Specialist

Elena Roberts
Director of Strategic Initiatives

School Support Specialist

DeQuetta Tyree
Chief of Staff

Steve Washington
Facilities and Safety Specialist

Instructional Staff


Charlene Barnes, Teacher

Christine Brown, Teacher

Ashley Johnson, Teacher

Linda Zhou, Teacher

Dante Alburqueque, Instructional Aide

Charletta Lucas, Instructional Aide

Marlon McKeiver, Instructional Aide

Briana Washington, Instructional Aide


Justice Harris, Teacher

Yasmine Knatt, Teacher

Roslyn Alford, Instructional Aide


Deana Kensler, Teacher

Rosalee Robinson, Teacher

Duwaun Wildgoose, Teacher

Alberta Cosbert, Instructional Aide

Amanda Crawford, Instructional Aide

Lenora Johnson, Instructional Aide

First Grade

Cristina Garcia, Teacher

Lia Gargano, Teacher

Chelsea Sherrod, Teacher

Second Grade

Taylor Mack, Teacher

Myia McDaniel, Teacher

Third Grade

Crystal Sanguenette,  Teacher

Tanya Wagstaffe, Teacher

Fourth Grade

Abiol Adams, ELA Teacher

LaToya Walker, Math Teacher

Fifth Grade

Sean Betts, ELA Teacher

Naquia Proctor, Math Teacher

Middle School

Delonte Briggs, Math Teacher

Charles Bason, Social Studies Teacher

James Bradley, Science Teacher

Shonta Williams, ELA Teacher

Arts Enrichment

Issac Bell, Music Teacher

James Edwards, PE Teacher

John Kenniebrew, Music Teacher

Joy Nutt, Visual Arts Teacher

Talithia Palmer, Theatre Teacher

Erica Stotts, Dance Teacher

Academic Support

Kathryn Berens, Academic Support Teacher

Melody Jackson, Academic Support Teacher

Brandyn Marshall, Math Interventionist

Shannon Sheppard, Academic Support Teacher

Aaron Snowden, ELA Interventionist

Board of Directors

Brandon Daniels

Khalid Randolph
Vice Chair

Interim Academic Committee Chair

Academic Committee

Judy Corcillo
Development Committee Chair

Finance Chair

Facilities Chair





Parent Representative

Parent Representative