Chief Executive Officer / Executive Team
  • Executive Team

    Executive Team

    Dr. Kara L. Miley-Libby, Chief Academic Officer

    With nearly 30 years of education experience, Dr. Libby most recently served as Executive Director for the Office of Teaching and Learning where she assisted the Deputy Superintendent in managing five departments. She also served as Director of Academic Programs, supervising the Science, Social Studies, Mathematics and Reading/English Language Arts departments. Dr. Libby established the groundbreaking 3D Scholars Program, which offers students an affordable pathway to a bachelor’s degree.

    Dr. Douglas A. Strader, Chief Accountability Officer

    Dr. Strader has more than 20 years of experience in education with an emphasis on research, assessment and accountability. Dr. Strader previously worked as Director of State Assessments and Planning and Chief of Education Accountability for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) where he successfully managed a $50 million annual budget. Prior to his work with MSDE, Dr. Strader served as Assistant Supervisor for Accountability, an assistant principal, department chair and teacher in Harford County Public Schools.

    Michael Herbstman, Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Herbstman has a broad background in financial management and experience. He previously served as CFO for Alexandria City Public Schools and Director of Budget and Financial Services for Chicago Public Schools, where he also worked as a senior budget analyst and assistant director of operations and finance. In addition, he was a senior account manager with a private risk management firm and worked with the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Chicago.

    Dr. Kristi Murphy, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Dr. Murphy previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Arlington Public Schools. She worked in Arlington for nearly 20 years in various roles, including Director of Special Education. As the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, she oversaw Benefits, Payroll, Employee Labor Relations, and Recruitment and Hiring. In this role, she realigned the department structure, collaborated with stakeholders to increase the effectiveness and responsiveness of recruitment, retention, and employee engagement. In addition, she led compensation and classification development and forecasting, which led to increasing market rate compensation for under market scales.

    Dr. W. Wesley Watts Jr., Chief Information and Technology Officer

    Dr. Watts has served in various leadership roles, including Chief Information Officer, Computer Operations Manager and Math and Science teacher and most recently Chief Operating Officer. As Chief Information Officer, Dr. Watts managed a $40 million budget with nearly 200 staff members over 13 years. His accomplishments include the creation of the Technology Distribution Centers, systemic network upgrades, the school system’s Technology Plan and the IT Academy and Program at Fairmont Heights High School.

    Barry L. Stanton, Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Stanton has nearly 40 years of experience in local government, organizational management and strategic planning. He previously served in Prince George’s County Government as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Public Infrastructure, utilizing his strong background in government operations, infrastructure planning and public safety management. In his former role, he oversaw the departments of Public Works and Transportation, Environment and Permitting, and Inspections and Enforcement. Mr. Stanton is also a former county Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Public Safety, county Director of Corrections and Frederick County Manager.

    Dr. Helen Coley, Chief of School Support and School Leadership

    Dr. Coley most recently served as Associate Superintendent for the Area 2 Office where she supervised all Instructional Directors and ensured that school practices aligned with the Chief Executive Officer’s vision and mission. Dr. Coley started her career as an educator at Potomac Landing Elementary School and has served as a Challenge School Instruction Coordinator, School Improvement Specialist, Elementary School Principal and Regional Director.

    Dr. Gwendolyn Mason, Chief of Special Education and Student Services

    Dr. Mason previously served as Associate Superintendent in the Office of Special Education and Student Services. In this role, she provided oversight and supervision of special education services to support students from early childhood to 21 years of age. She also fostered the progress of students with disabilities toward the attainment of College, Career and Community Ready Standards and coordinated student services to promote emotional, mental, social and physical health and safety. A product of the county school system, Dr. Mason started her career here as a special education teacher.

    Christian Rhodes, Chief of Staff

    Mr. Rhodes most recently served as Chief of Strategic and External Affairs. As an adviser and key member of the Executive Cabinet, Mr. Rhodes provided communication, counsel and support to the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Education and other members of executive leadership to effectively communicate strategies, objectives and performance to external and internal audiences. He began his career as a political organizer for the Maryland State Teachers Association and has also worked with the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association, Maryland State Education Association and Office of the Prince George’s County Executive.

    Dr. Kasandra G. Lassiter, Associate Superintendent for Elementary Schools

    For the last seven years, Dr. Lassiter has developed, coached and supervised a cadre of principals as Instructional Director for Area I schools. In this role, Dr. Lassiter directed elementary, middle and high schools, serving 7,800 students. Prior to this role, Dr. Lassiter served as a principal, assistant principal, teacher and Pupil Personnel Worker.

    Elementary Instructional Directors: Dr. Niki Brown, Ebony Cross Shields, Dr. Denise Greene, Susan Holiday, Dr. Jeffrey Holmes, Dr. Ava Tasker Mitchell

    Dr. David G. Curry, Jr., Associate Superintendent for Middle Schools

    Dr. Curry has more than 18 years of teaching and instructional leadership experience with an emphasis on science, technology and mathematics enrichment programs. He most recently served as Instructional Director where he was responsible for supervising and evaluating principals in a cluster of elementary, middle and high schools to help them grow as instructional leaders. His previous roles include principal, assistant principal and mathematics educator.

    Middle School/K-8 Instructional Directors: Dr. Kristil Fossett, Kelvin Moore

    Dr. Carletta T. Marrow, Associate Superintendent for High Schools

    Dr. Marrow most recently served as Instructional Director where she supervised, coached and evaluated more than 48 principals. Dr. Marrow began her career as a teacher. She has served as principal at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. and Gwynn Park high schools and assistant principal at Northwestern High School.  

    High School Instructional Directors: Dr. Charoscar Coleman, Dr. Ed Ryans

    Elizabeth Saunders, Instructional Director for Charter Schools

    Dr. Adrian Talley, Instructional Director for Community Schools