Meet the Team
Anita Walls Ed.D, - Founder/CEO
Dr. Anita Walls has spent over 25 years in Education. Dr. Walls spent 5 of those years as Principal and 10 years as a Reading Specialist, Testing Coordinator, and Teacher with Prince George’s County Public Schools. She also is a consultant/facilitator for several education non-profit organizations with a primary focus on Literacy and Math common core standards and equitable instruction practices. She facilitates, trains, and coaches leaders all over the United States to develop practices that best support teachers and students. She graduated from Hampton University where she received a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Elementary Education. She received a second M.S. in Reading Education from Coppin State University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Maryland College Park. She also is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.
Dr. Raquel Talley -
Dr. Raquel Talley has been an educator for over 26 years, working in K-12 urban education. She is passionate about collaborating with educators to support their professional growth in providing a high-quality, equitable education for all students. She is part of a program implementation and delivery team for an education non-profit organization and is vital in ensuring the delivery of exceptional educator professional development programs and services to school systems across the country. Dr. Talley is also a project manager who enjoys event planning. She has been a project manager and an event planner for over twenty-three years. She was a district leader in Prince George’s County Public Schools where she served as a conduit to the school district as it related to talent development, leadership development, professional learning, and evaluation support for all employees, including serving as the lead for principal, assistant principal, and central office employees’ evaluation. Dr. Talley was an assistant principal for ten years in elementary and middle schools, promoting each student's academic success and well-being. She has also worked in education as a mentor, technology coordinator, testing coordinator, talented and gifted coordinator, reading resource teacher, and elementary classroom teacher. Dr. Talley holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Howard University. She received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Elementary Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. While at Virginia Commonwealth University, she became a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Talley has her superintendent, administrator, framework for teaching, advance professional, and inclusive leadership: the power of workplace diversity certifications.
Rasheed Bonner - School Psychologist
Rasheed Bonner is a School Psychologist, Behavior Intervention Specialist, and Educational Consultant of 16 years. As a School Psychologist, Mr. Bonner has completed and interpreted many psychological and psychoeducational assessments on children, adolescents, and young adults. He has also provided individual and group counseling for students with social-emotional and behavioral challenges, in addition to providing professional development to educators and administrators on the topics of depression, suicide intervention, anxiety, trauma, disproportionate suspension, Emotional Disability, and the development and implementation of functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans. Mr. Bonner has also assisted with the development and implementation of modifications, related services, and accommodations for student Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
In addition to working in public education, Mr. Bonner has also worked as a School Psychologist and Psychology Associate completing independent psychological evaluations and providing counseling services to adolescent boys at Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Mr. Bonner has also worked on behalf of parents and families as a consultant and expert witness in School Psychology in dozens of due process hearings.
Andria Jones -
Professional School Counselor
Andria Jones is a nurturer and strives to assist students who need social and emotional support through individual and group counseling as well as peer mediation. Ms. Jones has served over 20 years in the public school system as an Educator and Professional School Counselor. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Master of Education Degree (with the concentration in Counseling) from Virginia State University. Currently, Ms. Jones serves as a Professional School Counselor in the Prince George’s County School system.
Over her tenure as a Professional School Counselor, Ms. Jones has counseled students in developing decision-making skills through individual and group counseling and has implemented positive strategies to increase success. Through counseling sessions, students develop useful strategies that help them develop problem-solving skills and combat social challenges of peer pressure. Ms. Jones has a Certification in Peer Mediation. She served as Team Lead of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (P.B.I.S.), a behavioral program that is designed to improve students’ behavior in the school environment.
Ms. Jones has a passion for the mental and social development of our youth. She is genuinely compassionate and driven by the belief that children can succeed by creating a positive, safe environment with sound structure, development, and strategic planning for sustained success.
Kerwyn Barbour - Team Member/Math
Kerwyn has 20 years of experience in education in public, private, and non-profit sectors along with over 10 years of teaching at the higher education level. He has served as a math and science teacher, coach, and facilitator positions in Baltimore, MD, Prince George’s County MD, Wilmington DE, and Washington DC. Public schools. He has also worked at Johns Hopkin Health System and School of Education as an Education Program Manager where he was tasked with the planning, implementation, and managing of the budget of educational programs to maintain and support students and teachers in a City-Wide public school. He has also worked with Johns Hopkins University, as an Instructional Facilitator providing tiered support services to a network that contained 100’s sites. Kerwyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with a Math minor from Lincoln University (PA) and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University
Deidra Speight -
Deidra has been with Prince George’s County Public Schools for 20 years. The primary grade levels have been her focus, from PreK to 3rd grade. Realizing there was a disconnect between what was being taught in school and what was going on at home, she wanted to help bridge that gap. She has privately been working with students, tutoring them at home, for four years. It is her heart's desire to see every student succeed.
Kendra Speight -
Kendra has been with the county for three years. She has served as a music teacher and now Student Advocate. In her position she utilizes youthfulness and socio-emotional learning strategies to build rapport with students. As a Prince George’s County Public Schools Alumna, she observed the need for students feeling seen and heard. She recognized the impact it has on students behaviorally and academically when they know they are cared for. Through these relationships she is able to identify students needs and provide resources to help them reach their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral goals. It is her goal to create the best environment possible for students to grow into the best versions of themselves.
LaQuiana Leeper - Content Designer
LaQuiana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a teaching license in Middle Grades English and Social Studies and in Elementary Education. She has over a decade of experience in education in both public and charter sectors. She has served as a teacher, coach, and facilitator in Charlotte, NC. She has worked with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools where she was tasked with the planning and implementation of various tiers of district wide curriculum and professional development.
Nakia Nicholson - School Leadership Strategist and Consultant
For over twenty years, Nakia Nicholson has served as an educator and over time has successfully led the work of helping leaders inside and outside of the classroom transform their practices in the K-12 public and charter school sectors. Nakia is an experienced diversity and equity-focused leadership coach that has served in various roles such as Chief Academic Officer, Executive Director of School Leadership, Principal, Master Leadership Coach, and Lead Teacher. Nakia is an innovative educational reformist with a proven track record of transforming schools in record-breaking time. She is a data-driven change agent who is dedicated to creating great schools for all students through improved teaching, learning, and instructional coaching practices. She has extensive experience in leading, coaching, and developing high-performing leadership teams in politically demanding climates using common sense strategy, business acumen, and research-based application of practice. She has co-designed equity-centered career pathways for educators and assists teams with strategic planning and implementation. Nakia is known for her ability to build and leverage strong relationships with her clients and believes that a high-quality education is unequivocally a child’s most powerful weapon to change the world.