Dr. Mark E. King and colleagues are focused on School Transformation which underscores raising the capacity of District Leaders, Principals and Educators to increase academic rigor in the classroom. Ultimately, our goal is to collaborate with District Leadership to devise an effective system - wide plan that closes the achievement gap for all students while preparing them for college and career readiness. Our team is comprised of highly specialized administrators, current principals, former principals, classroom teachers, and central office staff who are all capable of transforming some of the lowest performing urban schools. This work has been done in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, East St. Louis, Chicago, Buffalo, Cleveland, Utica, Ny, New York, Boston, Detroit and Prince George's County, Maryland. 

Shauna King
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Taylor has over twenty-two years of experience as a successful teacher, elementary, middle school, & high school principal, deputy superintendent and superintendent.  

·         Led the creation of specialized schools to serve diverse student populations, (magnet school and Pre-K school, SACS accredited, only one in Mississippi).

  • Facilitated an early childhood collaborative for his local district.

  • Led the City-Wide reading initiative for his community.

  • Led district to SACS accreditation. Leadership was sighted as Major Strength

  • Provided leadership to build fund balance from less than 1% to 18%

  • Led an 1 to 1 technology for all secondary students

  • Led teacher recruitment partnership with state department of education which included 11 other districts.

  • Created Rural Teacher Recruitment Program in partnership with HCBUs

  • Created Teacher Incentive Program with the first in MS to use a teacher retention bonus

  • Created partnership with MARS Inc.  that supplies internships, school gardens, renovated HS cafeteria

  • Led renovation project of HS, HS Football stadium, MS bathrooms, Cafeterias in HS, MS, 3 renovations in Elementary school

  • In the district that he served, decreased suspension rate from 8th highest in 2012 (59%) in the nation to less than 14% in 2015, recognized by White House in Summer 2015 (Rethink Discipline Conference)

  • Recognized as District of Distinction in 2015 (https://www.districtadministration.com/dod/awards/greenville-public-school-district-holistic-approach-student-success)

  • Implemented the Pathway reform model at the high school level

  • Created teacher academies for focused professional development

  • Created principal academy for summer training

  • Increase advanced placement and dual enrollment access from less 5% to more than 50% in a district that was 98% minority and 94.25% economically disadvantaged.

  • Increased graduation rate from 46.6% to 62% in 3 years.

Shauna King has a talent and passion for connecting with adults who have chosen to serve children.  Shauna is a former principal, classroom teacher, intervention specialist and Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) coordinator from Maryland. 


  • In addition to being a highly sought after presenter, Shauna serves as an adjunct instructor for LaSalle University and The Regional Training Center. 

  • As an independent consultant, Shauna is committed to supporting schools and school districts that are implementing positive and proactive initiatives. 

  • She also serves as a certified presenter for the Upside Down Organization, and presents nationally on topics including executive function, stress in the workplace, student engagement, gender differences and the power of words. 

  • Her articles on positive talk and transitions in the middle school have been featured in the AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education and the NAREN (National At Risk Education Network) magazines.

  • King holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Morgan State University, a Master’s degree in Education from Bowie State and an Education Specialist degree in Adult Learning from Walden University.

Dr. James A. Williamas
Special Advisor to the CEO

Dr. James A. Williams was named Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools in July of 2005. Dr. Williams is a highly distinguished, respected, and outstanding educator, who has over 43 years in public education. He received his M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of the District of Columbia and his Ed.D. in administration and curriculum from George Washington University. 

  • He joined the Dayton Public Schools in Ohio as the Assistant Superintendent for Intermediate/Secondary instruction, and subsequently as Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools.

  • He worked for Montgomery County Public Schools, in Maryland as deputy superintendent until he became the Chief Academic Officer with Community Education Partners (CEP), a company that works with public schools to help low-performing children succeed within their school systems.

  • He is the winner of the Richard R. Green Award, Urban Educator of the Year, awarded by the Council of the Great City Schools.

  • He received the Presidential Citation, Distinguished alumni award, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education; Danforth Fellow; Peter F. Drucker Foundation, Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellow; and Omega Psi Phi, and twice named Citizen of the Year.

  • Dr. Williams is known for his work in curriculum and instruction, and his contributions include over 100 presentations and publications.

Carlton Carter
Chief of Staff

Dr. Carlton Carter has over 23 years on public and private sector experience in education. He has been a Technology Education Teacher for 8 years, Assistant Principal for 8 years, and Principal for 5 years, and School Turnaround Consultant for 4 years.  Carlton received his B.S. from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Masters from Bowie State University and Doctorate from Northcentral University in Educational Leadership.


  • As a transformational leader; he has successfully taken an underperforming middle school from alternative governance to AYP within two years as principal.

  • Furthermore Carlton as a School Turnaround Consultant has coached over 30 principals in 15 districts across the United States taking their schools from Priority to Good Standing. 

  • In addition he has authored four instructional modules for district and school leaders on “How to Give Effective Feedback to Increase the level of Rigor in Classroom Instruction” during his tenure the American Institutes for Research.

  • He also has co-authored four Space Science textbooks while working for Challenger Center for Space Education. Carlton’s core competencies include the following: Leadership Coaching. Strategic Educational Planning; Middle & High School Administration; Policy Development; Curriculum Writing; Cost Reduction; Scholarship Program Development; Teacher Recruiting, Hiring & Training.

Robin McNair, M. Ed
Chief of School Culture and Climate

Robin is highly skilled in the creative design of rigorous activities that addresses the diverse needs of children. I have created and implemented effective lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school scholars.  I am a faithful and active team member who effectively and efficiently collaborates with all colleagues in order to achieve optimal student achievement results.

  • Born in Plymouth, NC.

  • Received Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University in 1991 and a Master’s in curriculum and Instruction from Coppin State University in 2007.  

  • Received Administration I from McDaniel College in 2009.  

  • Member of Delta Sigma Theta, INC.  

  • Has been teaching for 25 years across all levels, elementary, middle, and high school.   

  • Currently teaching US History at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  

  • Serve on the Prince George’s County Educators Association.  

  • Serve as sponsor of the Gay/Straight Alliance on the high school level.

  • Trained in Restorative Practices through the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, PA, by Robert Spicer of Chicago, IL.

Gary Hughes
Deputy Chief of School Culture and Climate

Mr. Hughes officially began his teaching career as a classroom teacher at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in 2000. Mr. Hughes taught 7th and 8th English and 7th and 8th grade Remedial Reading.


It was at James Madison Middle School that the administration noticed Mr. Hughes’s strong relationships with his students, in particular his “at risk” students. Mr. Hughes was also an integral part of James Madison Middle School’s removal from the Reconstitution list in the state of Maryland.


  • Mr. Hughes taught Remedial Reading to all of the students at James Madison Middle School that were two or more grades below their reading grade level. 88% of his students moved at least one reading grade level up in one full school year.


  • Mr. Hughes studied Cooperative Discipline and became certified as a Cooperative Discipline instructor and trainer during his tenure at James Madison Middle School. 


  • In 2009 Mr. Hughes begin teaching English at Dr. Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where he presently teaches.

  • Mr. Hughes currently demonstrates a 93% passing rate with his repeat 9th grade students, that he attributes to using powerful and positive language during instruction. 

Dr. Frazier O'Leary
Chief of Secondary Literacy and Reading Education

Dr. Frazier L. O’Leary, Jr. has been a teacher in the DC Public Schools for forty-seven years. He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia and Goucher College.


He is a consultant for the College Board, a Table Leader at the AP Reading for English Literature, and is an instructor for AP Summer Institutes in Literature.

He is currently the District chairperson for Pre-AP English, the Vice-President of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and a member of the Board of the Toni Morrison Society.

  • I am a Consultant for The College Board in English Language and Literature, Vertical Teams, and Pre AP.

  • I have been a Reader for the English Literature exam since 2001. I have been a Table Leader since 2009.

  • I have presented workshops at the College Board Forum and at the AP National Conferences.

  • I am the past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the PEN/Faulkner Society.

  • I am a Charter member of the Toni Morrison Society and member of the Board of Directors and have presented workshops at the last three Biennial Conferences on her work.

  • I have been the Athletic Director and have coached the boy’s and girl’s basketball, football, tennis, and baseball teams at Cardozo.  I was the baseball coach at the University of the District of Columbia from 1981-84.  I am currently the baseball coach at Cardozo.

  • I am a member of the DC Coaches Hall of Fame.

  • I am the District Curriculum Chairperson for Pre-AP for DCPS.


Dwan Jordan
Chief of Secondary School Turnaround

A life- long educator, and award winning principal, Dwan Jordon is a proven change agent whose career has been defined by making a real difference in the lives of his students.Under his leadership, Sousa Middle School in Washington, DC, was nationally recognized by the Department of Education as a model for transformation schools after dramatically increasing students' proficiency in reading and math. Students showed double-digit academic gains in the areas of reading (over 20 point gains) and mathematics (over 30 point gains). Recently,under his guidance, Cesar Chavez Parkside campus in Washington, DC, received a high performing "Tier 1" designation by the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

  • Mr. Jordon was awarded the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader Award.

  • He currently serves on the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Principal’s Center Advisory Board and has served as a member and facilitator of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Principals Center National Institute for Urban School Leaders.

  • His students and staff have been featured in the Washington Post for becoming an “academic model in just two years,”

  • Featured on CBS News "Where America Education Stands,”

  • Featured in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Business Journal, and other publications.

Robert  Johnson
Deputy Chief of College and Career Readiness

Robert Johnson is a resident of Bowie, MD, he is currently the Executive Director of My Brother’s Keepers Prince George’s county network in Prince George’s County MD.

Robert has close to 20 years’ experience in both K12 and higher education and has served as an educator, school principal and college director. Robert’s passion and desire is to create opportunities and pathways to success for future generations. In February 2014 Robert accepted President Barack Obama’s challenge to launch My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) which is a Non-Profit organization designed to connect men of color to services & programs that can have a measurable impact on the community. My Brother’s keeper will engage directly with our youth adolescents and families to increase graduation rates and college acceptance rates- My Brother’s Keeper will provide programs that will include college and career readiness, mentoring, mental health, job creation/workforce development, transitional services and gang violence reduction. Robert has just attended a My Brother’s Keeper Summit at the White House with President Barack Obama and other leaders across the country and is determined to assist in bringing forth the next generation of leaders in Prince George’s county.


Robert is visionary, results-driven leader with a proven record of achievements in education and administration within public and private school sectors.


His educational background is impressive – a B.A. in criminal justice from State University of New York at Albany, an M.A. in special education from Bowie State, an Advanced Graduate Certificate in educational leadership from the University of the District of Columbia and completion of SUPES Academy Chicago with a focus on Education Policy and Administration.  He is the recipient of many leadership awards. As a dedicated professional; Robert has a strong determination to utilize his skills and expertise to increase the opportunities for students to be successful.


Robert also serves as the Executive Director of F.O.R.C.E -Friends Outreach Restoration for Children to Excel which is an non profit organization designed to assist “At Risk Youth” complete high school, gain acceptance into college and find successful careers in their field of interest.



  • MBK Prince George’s County Network

  • Graduate of SUPES Academy class of 2014.

  • Graduate of Leadership Maryland – Class of 2012.

  • Board of Directors – Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools “MAPCCS”.

  • Member 100 Black Men of Prince Georges County, MD.

  • Member City of Bowie Chamber of Commerce.

  • Member – Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce.

  • Member – Campus Management Systems.

  • Member – Career College Executives.

  • Member – Law and Special Education. Services.

  • Member – American Association of School Administrators.

  • Member National Association of Elementary Member of Association of School Curriculum and Development

  • Vice Chair–City of Bowie Education Committee Prince William county Chamber of Commerce

  • Fairfax County Chamber of commerce