Our RBHS Monarchs Administration
Meet our RBHS Leadership Team.
RBHS Leadership Team
Dr. Benjamin Williams is the Principal of Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, DC’s only public all-male high school. Before assuming this role, Dr. Williams was the Associate Principal at School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens for two years. In 2015, he received a Rubenstein Award for highly effective leadership.
Dr. Williams began his career in Charlottesville, VA where he taught high school social studies, and served as an elementary and high school assistant principal. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s of teaching, and Ph.D. in leadership and administration from the University of Virginia.
Ms. Odom has served as an Instructional Coach as well as a SCALE Teacher Leader for DCPS prior to becoming Assistant Principal. In this role, she led professional development around instructional shifts as aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Culturally Responsive Teaching practices. As a classroom teacher and teacher leader, she worked to lead the implementation of a School-wide Enrichment Model that immersed all students in enriching and experiential learning opportunities as well as enhancing inquiry-based instructional practices, or “gifted for all” opportunities. She also worked as a part of the Positive Behavior Intervention Support team to develop and facilitate many of the Positive Behavior Intervention Support initiatives for the entire school.
Ms. Odom is a proud DCPS parent, which is the driving force behind her dedication to educating the Young Kings of Ron Brown College Preparatory High School.
Chonn Lacey is the Manager, Strategy and Logistics (MSL) at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations and logistics of the school and oversees the following operational functions: finance and purchasing, student data systems, facilities and property, human resources management and technology.
He was born and raised in Pottstown, Pa. but has resided in the Washington DC area for the past 12 years. He has a Bachelor Degree in Sports and Recreation Management for Temple University, and has 12 years of experience managing staff, programs, and facilities with stops in Fairfax County and Washington DC parks and Rec. Prior to this career Mr. Lacey played professional Football in the NFL and Arena Football League. His philosophy is that anyone can achieve greatness regardless of the obstacles they face in life and lives by the motto of Goals Over Obstacles.
Leslie Edwards earned a B.A. in Secondary English Education from the University of Maryland at College Park and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and Administration from McDaniel College. In addition, she taught 9th-12th Grade English in Prince George’s County for seven years and earned her National Board Certification in English Language Arts before coming to DCPS as a Secondary English Language Arts Master Educator in 2009.
During her tenure in the district, she has presented at professional development forums on standards-based instruction, literacy, Common Core initiatives, and data utilization. She has also led and designed DCPS’ Master Educator Inter-School Collaborative Learning Cycles to support teachers and increase achievement in the 40 lowest performing DCPS schools.
Dr. Curtis is a native of Richmond, Virginia and has lived and worked as a psychologist in the District for the past ten years. He graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Psychology with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. Dr. Curtis is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and was initiated at Psi Chapter. Following his undergraduate work, Dr. Curtis attended University of Virginia where he earned a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology.
Throughout his educational experience he was actively involved in mentoring and program development. During graduate school, he helped develop a pilot program in Albemarle County Public Schools focused on reducing erroneous special education referrals and improving the county’s responsiveness to students’ behavioral needs. It was during this time that Dr. Curtis committed his professional life to focusing on developing systemic alternatives to suspension while bolstering individual youth capacity to self-regulate.
Dr. Curtis has worked professionally with students with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties while programming for them through an alternative, Restorative Justice framed lens. He has worked to devise individualized and group interventions focused on helping students placed outside of their homes who had significant histories of school failure, trauma, and minimal self-regulation increase outcomes by transitioning back into less structured environments and successfully returning to their neighborhood schools.
Similarly, Dr. Curtis has worked in comprehensive high-school settings to create complex, multi-discipline program for the students with the most severe behavioral difficulties in the building the eliminated the need for self-contained classrooms, reduced suspensions, and increased academic output.
Through working at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Dr. Curtis will be engaged in the active and necessary work of disrupting the school to prison pipeline while empowering Young Kings of color in DC to be their best selves. He believes that the philosophy and program at Ron Brown High School will be in the vanguard of revolutionary education spaces for historically disenfranchised and oppressed people in America.
I’m very excited to join the staff of Ron Brown College Preparatory High School for the 2018 - 2019 School Year. It has been my pleasure to work in DC Public Schools for over fifteen years in many capacities, with the common goal of educating our students holistically. Prior to joining the Leadership Team at Ron Brown HS, I served as the Pathway Coordinator at F.W. Ballou SHS, where I focused on preparing our students who were off track academically to improve their effort and seek additional support in order to matriculate through high school. Forging relationships and empowering youth is at the core of my everyday work, and it is the foundation of my passion for education. My educational experience includes a Bachelor of Science from Morgan State University along with an MBA from Trinity University of Washington, DC. I look forward to continuing to serve the youth and the families of DC Public Schools.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son as we explore the many things to do in the Washington, DC area.