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.
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.
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.
Dean of Students
La Shada Ham
Assistant Principal of Instruction & Curriculum
Operations + External Relations
Senior Enrollment and Family Support Specialist
Enrollment and Data Specialist
Facilities and Safety Specialist
Facilities and Safey Specialist
Director of Strategic Initiatives
School Support Specialist
Chief of Staff
Facilities and Safety Specialist
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
Cristina Garcia, Teacher
Lia Gargano, Teacher
Chelsea Sherrod, Teacher
Taylor Mack, Teacher
Myia McDaniel, Teacher
Crystal Sanguenette, Teacher
Tanya Wagstaffe, Teacher
Abiol Adams, ELA Teacher
LaToya Walker, Math Teacher
Sean Betts, ELA Teacher
Naquia Proctor, Math Teacher
Delonte Briggs, Math Teacher
Kioko Butler, Social Studies Teacher
Olayemi Olugbuyi, Science Teacher
Shonta Williams, ELA Teacher
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
Kathryn Berens, Academic Support Teacher
Melody Jackson, Academic Support Teacher
Brandyn Marshall, Math Interventionist
Shannon Sheppard, Academic Support Teacher