Joe M. Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Joe M. Smith is the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Eagle Academy. He has worked in education for more than 40 years. Dr. Smith served as a professor of education at the Trenton State College of New Jersey, where he developed and was awarded over $22 million in grants and contracts. He also worked as the graduate advisor to the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Secondary School Principals programs. During his tenure, he managed a number of large grants, for the Teacher Corps, Project BUILD, and Alternative Route to Teaching. Dr. Smith’s research has been published in Educational Leadership, the Peabody Journal of Education, and Phi Delta Kappa. Dr. Smith went on to work as an educational consultant utilizing his research skills to enhance instructional methods. He partnered with 27 school districts and a number of corporations including the Johnson and Johnson Medical Division, GPU Nuclear, and Mercer Community College. He has been featured in national outlets including the New York Times discussing his methods. Dr. Smith earned his Doctorate in Philosophy from the Union Institute and University, and his Master of Arts degree from Rowan University.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Sabrina O’Gilvie is the current Deputy CEO of Education. She has been an active educator for approximately 34 years, during which she has taught elementary age students through adult educational institutions. Sabrina joined Eagle Academy Public Charter School in 2011 as a first-grade teacher during which she nurtured the innate abilities of students and promoted their problem-solving skills. During her tenure here at Eagle, Sabrina has served in various roles such as Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal of the Capitol Riverfront Campus. Mrs. O'Gilvie is in charge of all educational initiatives and manages our high quality instructional programs, while ensuring that there is equity for all students and stakeholders. Her focus is to ensure that Eagle’s mission is actualized through the educational programs and practices. Mrs. O’Gilvie believes that teachers have the greatest opportunity to impact change in this world as they interact with students at the most impressionable years of their lives. She believes teaching is an opportunity to carefully harness student’s curiosity, challenge their intellect, and guide them to discover the amazing world around them. Mrs. O’Gilvie earned her diploma in teaching from St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College, a BA in Linguistics from the University of the West Indies, and a M.Ed. in Special Education from George Mason University.
Trenice Jett-Jones, M.A.T. Special Education
Chief Academic Officer & Head of Special Education
Trenice Jett-Jones joined Eagle Academy in 2003 as a teacher and Special Education Coordinator. Over her time at Eagle, Trenice has developed the Special Education Department into one of the most comprehensive in the District of Columbia. Currently, Eagle serves students with various exceptionalities, including, but not limited to, developmental delays, autism, and speech-language impairment. Under the guidance of Trenice, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in the general education classrooms as well as receive support outside the classroom. Her team works tirelessly to identify and create effective alternative educational solutions for students who need them. Trenice has also served as an administrator twice, leading Eagle Academy as Acting Principal. She came to Eagle after six years in the Prince George’s County and DC Public School systems before taking over as head of the Special Education Department. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Special Education. Passionate and resourceful, Trenice has proven the ability to generate, monitor, and preserve a safe learning environment that is flexible and accommodating in design and implementation. She is a dedicated child advocate with a solid focus on the individual needs of every student with different exceptionalities. Trenice is an asset both to Eagle as an organization, and most importantly, to every student who comes through our doors. She has a master’s in teaching, Special Education, from Trinity University and a BS in Physical Education from Morgan State University.
Capitol Riverfront Campus
Royston Maxwell Lyttle joined Eagle Academy in 2006. He has a wealth of experience at Eagle Academy and has worked in various positions including Director of Education, Special Education, Summer School Principal, and Vice Principal. Mr Royston “Max” Lyttle, who has been at Eagle for 13 years, most recently as principal of the Congress Heights school. He strongly believes that all students should be provided a high-quality education and that all students can reach their full academic potential regardless of their social or economic background. Mr. Lyttle has a master’s in educational leadership from Walden University, a BS in Physical Education from Virginia State University, and a teaching certification from the Virginia Commonwealth.
Sharmel Porter Robinson
Congress Heights Campus
Sharmel Porter Robinson joined the Eagle Academy team in 2006 as a teacher. Ms. Porter Robison has been a dynamic part of the Eagle community, transitioning to Team Lead for her grade, Summer School Director, Instructional Coach, and recently promoted to Principal for PK3-K at the Congress Heights Campus. Ms. Porter Robinson believes teamwork and communication make an incredible impact in an organization and most importantly in education. Education has been a passion of Ms. Porter Robinson’s for years. Ms. Porter Robinson received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Trinity University, Masters of Education; specializing in Curriculum and Instruction from Trinity University and in 2016 was a participant in Harvard University School of Education Leadership Institute. Ms. Porter Robinson knows the importance of educating the whole child. Learning and understanding a student’s social emotional aspects are just as beneficial as educating in the classroom. Ms. Porter Robinson is all about community, working with families and staff to ensure each Eagle student is receiving the best education Eagle Academy has to offer.
Eagle Academy's Board of Trustees
Eagle Academy takes immense pride in its dedicated and diverse Board of Trustees. Committed to fostering exceptional educational opportunities for all students in our vibrant nation's capital, our Board members bring together a wealth of experience, expertise, and unwavering passion for our community.
Our Board of Trustees is a blend of remarkable leaders from various fields, including business, government, and community engagement. This diverse mix of talents and backgrounds forms the cornerstone of our organization's strength. It is this blend that fuels our ability to govern effectively and dynamically, driving Eagle Academy towards its mission of excellence in education.
We are grateful for the commitment and dedication of our Board of Trustees, whose collective efforts steer us towards a brighter future. Together, we are building a nurturing and empowering environment that empowers every student to soar to new heights.
Thank you for being a part of Eagle Academy's journey.
****February 22, 2024 Board of Trustees Meeting*****
The Eagle Academy Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Board Chair Aaron Lenter and CEO Joe Smith, extends an invitation to the Board of Trustees meeting:
Note: This is a recurring zoom meeting link and can be accessed at any time.
Your attendance and participation are highly valued as we discuss matters pertaining to Eagle Academy. We look forward to your virtual presence.
CEO: Joe Smith
Deputy CEO: Sabrina O’Gilvie
COO: Trenice Jett Jones
Board Chair: Aaron Lenter
This meeting is governed by the Open Meetings Act. For any questions or complaints arising under this meeting, please contact the Office of Open Government at [email protected].