Our Team2019-04-30T14:25:46-07:00

OUR TEAM

Dr. Debra Sullivan
Dr. Debra SullivanFOUNDER
Dr. Sullivan is the Founder of Ashé Preparatory Academy, a K-8 public charter school that will open in 2019 in Skyway, Washington. She is also Past President of the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute (BCDI-Seattle) where the primary focus of her work has been around implementing appropriate learning environments for Black children and working with families and communities to increase their advocacy for their children. The author of three books, Dr. Sullivan’s third book, Cultivating the Genius of Black Children, guides teachers in creating classrooms that support the learning needs of Black children and many other children with similar learning styles and preferences. One of Dr. Sullivan’s favorite past times is cooking and she owns (at least) 150 cookbooks representing a variety of countries, cooking techniques, and types of food. Give her some garlic, onions, and olive oil and prepare to feast! Dr. Sullivan earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Seattle University, and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Champlain College in Vermont.
Monique Harrison Manuel
Monique Harrison ManuelFOUNDING PRINCIPAL
Monique Manuel Harrision is the founding principal at Ashé Preparatory Academy with 27 years of experience. She holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and is pursuing her doctorate in Leadership and a superintendent certification. She comes to Ashé Preparatory Academy with experience as an elementary principal and an assistant principal at the high school and K-8 levels. Monique is a National Board Certified Teacher with 22 years of classroom teaching experience. She has taught secondary mathematics in Oklahoma, California and Washington. Monique currently holds Washington certificates in Mathematics, Middle Level Mathematics, and Administration. When she isn’t researching education practices and reform, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends, spoiling her dog, Harrison, listening to all types of music, and going to the opera.
Jonthomas “JT” Williams
Jonthomas “JT” WilliamsFOUNDING COMMUNITY AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Jonthomas “JT” Williams is the Founding Community and Family Engagement Manager. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. JT has worked with youth and families for 16 years as a tutor, educational advocate and academic counselor. JT was raised in the Skyway/Rainier Beach area and currently serves on the Board for Skyway Solutions Community Development Association. When he is not working towards equity in education, JT likes to spend time with his son, explore the natural beauty of Washington and learn new skilled trades.
Fa’izah Bradford
Fa’izah BradfordFOUNDING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Fa’izah Bradford is the Founding Director of Operations at Ashé Preparatory Academy. After working 18 years as a corporate professional, she was drawn to public and non-profit education. Since 2004, she has worked with districts and schools as a non-instructional educational leader and consultant. Her strengths and emphasis have been in equity, engagement, operations, and policy governance. Fa’izah serves as a school board director for Highline Public Schools and oversees youth education support within her church’s ministry. She is relentlessly fueled by the need to provide an education system that honors the strengths and identities of students, individualizes their supports, and prepares and equips their leadership journey. She holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management degree from Northwest University.
L Diana Robinson
L Diana RobinsonFOUNDING OFFICE COORDINATOR
L Diana Robinson is the Founding Office Coordinator. Diana worked for over 20 years in the banking industry before making the conscious decision to pursue work in the non-profit sector. She has over 10 years of experience in non-profit office management and administrative support. Diana is passionate about seeing all children and especially children of color excel in education and in life. She is the mother of two college graduates and a grandmother of two. She enjoys singing, cardmaking, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. She is currently working towards her BA in English. Diana hopes to be a reading specialist when she grows up.