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 30 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
Mayra Martínez-Fernández is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Eagle Academy. She is a highly accomplished professional with more than 20 years of senior level experience in education, public policy, and government relations. Mayra has a unique skill set combining political and policy acumen; expertise in local, state, and federal government affairs; extensive school administration and community relations experience; exceptional multicultural sensitivity; and outstanding communication abilities in both Spanish and English. Before working in the education field, Mayra held senior positions in the private sector for eight years at Washington, DC-based lobbying firm Patton Boggs, LLP and in the federal government sector for eight years at the Clinton White House. Mayra has also worked as a government and community relations consultant for a member of Congress and a governor. She has held senior positions in Chicago at the premiere Midwest Hispanic think tank, Latino Institute, and the Center for Community and Leadership Development. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayra obtained a Master of Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a Certificate in Legislative Studies at Georgetown University.
Trenice Jett-Jones, M.A.T. Special Education
Chief Operating 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. 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 Masters in Teaching, Special Education, from Trinity University and a BS in Physical Education from Morgan State University.
Royston Lyttle, Grades 1-3
Principal, Congress Heights 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 Special Education, Summer School Principal, and Vice Principal. Mr. Lyttle currently serves as Principal for grades 1-3 of the Eagle Academy Public Charter School at Congress Heights. 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 Masters in Educational Leadership from Walden University, a BS in Physical Education from Virginia State University, and a teaching certification from the Virginia Commonwealth.
Melanie Leonard, Grades PreK-K
Principal, Congress Heights Campus
Mrs. Melanie B. Leonard joined Eagle Academy in 2012 and formerly served as an Instructional Coach. Earlier in her career, Mrs. Leonard taught first grade and worked as a Reading Interventionist. She is passionate about developing strong teachers – a part of her educational philosophy that all children need a strong academic and social foundation in order to learn and think at high levels throughout life. Mrs. Leonard holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hampton University as well as a Reading Specialist Certificate from George Mason University.
Principal, Capitol Riverfront Campus
Sabrina O’Gilvie joined Eagle Academy as a teacher and then transitioned into the capacity of an Instructional Coach, an Assistant Principal, and now as Principal of the Capitol Riverfront Campus. Her passion is teaching – shown through her more than 27 years as an educator. 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 their 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.