Maya Angelou Academy Staff

Rennie M. Taylor, Principal

Rennie M. Taylor is a passionate educator who grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a B.S in Biology from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He completed his Master in Education in Teaching and Learning- Special Education and his Post Graduate degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia. Rennie also received his General Certificate of Education in Human and Social Biology from Cambridge University, England, United Kingdom. As a content teacher and special education teacher, Rennie has worked with students with a wide range of disabilities for many years. He is a strong advocate for integrating technology into the curriculum to support various learning modalities. His educational experience has afforded him the opportunity to provide professional development training for teachers, both in Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States. In addition, he has conducted action research and served in many leadership capacities within various school systems. Over the years, Rennie has also served as a coach, mentor, motivational speaker, curriculum specialist, and educational consultant. Rennie enters this leadership role with a comprehensive perspective of educational leadership and a deep passion for working with students with special needs and at-risk students.

Karen Remington, Dean of Academics

Karen Remington is our Dean of Academic at Maya Angelou Academy. After 20 years of business management and ownership, Karen returned to school to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Special Education focus and a Reading Endorsement from Upper Iowa University. While attending school, she was teaching aide at a juvenile detention facility, and after graduating, she taught 5th grade in Iowa. She later moved to Maryland with her teenage son and taught English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Health at a Special Education High School in Washington, D.C. For the last 4 years at Maya Angelou Academy, she has been teaching English 9-12. Ms. Remington believes that every student can succeed, and it is her team’s goal to meet the individual academic, social, and emotional needs of all students. The team of teachers at Maya Angelou Academy builds strong relationships with scholars by being authentic, respectful and nurturing; we create a restorative, challenging and rigorous learning environment and then measure our success using data to show academic and social/ emotional improvement.

Tammy Fenton, Dean of Students

Tammy received her master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University. She has provided years of service with young children and adolescence coming from communities in need of intensive supports and services. Prior to coming to work at Maya Angelou Academy, she worked with See Forever Foundation in another capacity at the Transition Center, and at the Department of Parks & Recreation in the Program Development and Evaluation Division. Currently, she is in the process of earning her license as a professional counselor to continue her work with youth.

Natosha Speight, Ph.D., School Psychologist

Dr. Natosha Speight is a highly committed, passionate child advocate, with years of experience working with children, youth, families and schools in areas of social service, education, intervention, and prevention. Dr. Speight received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, a Master of Social Work degree, a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in School Psychology, and multiple licenses and certifications associated with her fields of study. Her work experience spans multiple environments including but not limited to community-based organizations, outpatient mental health clinics, private practice, child welfare agencies, group homes, and several educational settings including early childhood through high school, charter schools, non-public settings, and special education day school programs. Dr. Speight is known as a “deep and insightful, but down to earth therapist,” and her evaluations are touted as “exceptionally thorough and comprehensive,” creating a picture of a “whole child.” As a clinician, Dr. Speight continues to work part-time in her private practice, which she founded with the motto of “Promoting Positive Development, Stability, and Success.”

Maggie Kennedy, Director of Finance

Maggie Kennedy currently serves as the Director of Finance and Administration for the See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools. She has fulfilled a range of functions over the years in taking a small budding program serving 15 high-school students to a vibrant, nationally recognized organization educating over 500 pre-teens through young adults. Maggie also fulfills the role of chief administrator for the school contract with the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Previous positions include grants administrator for the City of Santa Monica’s community service grants program, director of finance for an international development organization, and director of operations for a food security non-profit. As a parent of DC school-age students, Maggie was an active participant and advocate for improving urban education. She is a current board member of IFAW, a global entity for animal welfare and conservation. Maggie earned her Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University.