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Special Education Advisory Board

The Special Education Advisory Board provides guidance to the Co-op’s Staff and Board of Directors on issues that affect special education programs and students at member schools.

  • Tiana Beard

    Special Education Advisory Board Member

    Senior Inclusion Manager, Mundo Verde PCS

  • Julie Holt

    Special Education Advisory Board Member

    Director of Special Education, E.L. Haynes PCS

  • Samantha Lincoln

    Special Education Advisory Board Member

    Director of Student Support Services, Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS

  • Melody Maitland

    Special Education Advisory Board Member

    Chief of Staff, District of Columbia International School PCS

  • Kenyetta Singleton

    Special Education Advisory Board Member

    Special Education Manager, AppleTree Early Learning PCS

  • Ja’Vaan Veal

    Special Education Advisory Board Member

    Director of Compliance, KIPP DC PCS

Tiana Beard

Special Education Advisory Board Member

TIANA BEARD, M.Ed. is a career educator located in the Washington, DC area. She has worked for over 17 years in Special Education, with 12 years in the classroom, and over four years in special education leadership. Her career has spanned Prince George County, MD, and both DC public and public charter schools, where she is currently the Senior Inclusion Manager at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School. Tiana earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education & Special Education from Bowie State University in Maryland, and her Master of Education degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. Tiana has a strong passion for education, especially advocating for students with special needs and those who others write off as hopeless. As a Special Education Leader, she has gained a reputation in the DC Charter School circle as a knowledgeable source of information and willing resource when challenges arise. She has collaborated with the DC Special Education Cooperative on professional development projects.

Tiana is a mother of two beautiful children: a 20-year old cosmetologist, and a 10-year old boy in a Spanish Immersion program. She is active with her son’s Parent Teacher Organization, where she has served as Corresponding Secretary, Vice President, and is currently the Parliamentarian. Additionally, she is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., where she serves as the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Phi Sigma Alumnae Chapter in Washington, DC., as well as a national Mastermind Facilitator, national Youth Symposium Committee member, and Northeastern Regional Music Committee member. Further, she is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, where she is currently completing the Registered Parliamentarian credential.

Julie Holt

Special Education Advisory Board Member

Julie Holt has over a decade of education experience in Washington, DC. As an Education Pioneer Fellow and then as a staff member, she worked with DCPS’ Central Office on projects such as Section 504, student discipline, and student support teams. She has been with E.L. Haynes for ten years working on their Student Support Services team and is currently the Director of Special Education. Before moving to DC, she worked in Boston, MA at South Boston High School running a peer mediation program and in Providence, RI running an elementary community school program and then a middle school after-school initiative. She has a BA from Boston University in English Literature and an Ed.M. in Risk and Prevention from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and their dog.

Samantha Lincoln

Special Education Advisory Board Member

Samantha Lincoln is the Director of Student Support Services at Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS. She is also an educational consultant and licensed Special Education teacher with teaching and administrative experience in public, charter, nonpublic, and private special education settings. Samantha serves as a representative on her county’s Board of Education Citizen Advisory Committee Executive Panel, which provides advice to the Board on specific issues impacting educational policy, activities, and programs.

She is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law, and was trained in Special Education Law through the Vanderbilt Civil Practice Clinic. Her graduate-level study has included coursework in Executive Function and Reading Intervention for Dyslexia & Language Based Learning Disabilities from the Landmark School, one of the nation’s preeminent educational institutions. As the parent of two twice-exceptional children, Samantha uses her legal and education background to serve as a passionate advocate for students and families in the public education system.

Melody Maitland

Special Education Advisory Board Member

Melody serves as the Chief of Staff for DC International Public Charter School. Her work focuses on operationalizing processes developed over the school’s seven year history with a focus on achieving strategic plan goals. Prior to this role, Melody served as the founding Director of Student Support Services, managing formal support services (i.e., special education, 504s, and EL services) across all grade levels. She earned her BA in Sociology and Leadership Studies from the University of Denver, her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver, and her Masters of Education from George Mason University. In her free time, Melody loves watching documentaries, going to fairs and festivals, and eating out!

Kenyetta Singleton

Special Education Advisory Board Member

Kenyetta Singleton is a proud graduate of Howard University and is a certified Speech and Language Pathologist with over 20 years of experience working in DC Public and Charter Schools. Currently, she is the Special Education Manager at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter Schools, which also serves four other Local Education Agencies in DC Charter Schools. Ms. Singleton has been on panels with topics that focused on Special Education for students who are in an urban school district. She enjoys supporting families and ensuring that students receive services so they can be in an inclusive classroom environment.

Ja’Vaan Veal

Special Education Advisory Board Member

Ja’Vaan Veal is currently the Director of Compliance of Student Support at KIPP DC. She has worked in special education for 18 years serving in both instructional and administrative roles in the Chicagoland area before beginning at KIPP DC in 2016. Ja’Vaan earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Western IL University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University. Although she feels that her schooling prepped her for her career, she is primarily grateful for her opportunities to work and learn from those who she considers the greats of special education, namely her two mentors, Dr. Joan Gross and Cheryl Clark. Ja’Vaan feels lucky to continue down a path that allows her to serve children and the community while meeting some great people along the way.

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