Introducing Our New Chief Academic Officer & Principal

Dear City Arts & Prep Public Charter School Staff, Parents/Guardians, and Students:
It is with great pride and excitement that I introduce myself as the new Chief Academic Officer/Principal of City Arts & Prep Public Charter School.  I feel honored and humbled to serve the students, staff, and families of City Arts & Prep community and continue the tradition of excellence and partnerships that have been established.  I will be working closely with Ms. Lanette Dailey-Reese, Executive Director, and Ms. Demetria Gartrell, former principal, to ensure a smooth transition.  It is my goal to work together with each of you to ensure that our relationships are strong and teaching and learning is of the highest quality at City Arts & Prep.
My initial entry work will focus on building relationships and learning about each member of our school community.  I want to begin that effort by sharing some of my background.  This is my fifteenth year in education.  I spent the first ten years teaching with the District of Columbia Public Schools.  During that time, I served as a classroom teacher, grade level chair, and local school restructuring team chair.  I have been an administrator for the past five years, serving as the assistant principal at Center City Public Charter School and principal of Democracy Prep Public Charter School.  It is my belief that we must put students at the heart of all we do.  I believe that City Arts & Prep has done so by establishing a fun, creative, and supportive place of learning. I am truly excited to be welcomed member of the team!

During the course of the year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students of CAPP the best possible opportunities in preparing them to be world-class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century with a solid foundation created here at our school. I anticipate a most successful year as my team and I support the exceptional academic and arts education experience for your child here at City Arts & Prep Public Charter School.

In partnership,

Mrs. Lakeala Jones
Chief Academic Officer/Principal