Who Are Our Leaders

Maquita Alexander | Executive Director

M.S., Education Technology Leadership, George Washington University
B.S., Psychology & M.T. Early Childhood Education, Virginia Commonwealth University


An active problem solver and strategist, Maquita enables Yu Ying to utilize the flexibility of the charter school structure to maximize the benefits of immersion education. With over 20 years of public education experience, Maquita brings a wealth of knowledge to Washington Yu Ying PCS as Head of School. Beyond her normal responsibilities, Maquita integrates the values she promotes at Yu Ying into her everyday life. Whether she’s traveling to China to find potential sister school partnerships or immersing herself in local, national and global education conferences, Maquita is continuously looking for innovative ways to evolve the learning curriculum and student experience at Yu Ying. As a non-native Chinese speaker, she’s also hoping to soon become fully bilingual in Chinese. For now though, she “loves the chance to shape the future” by nurturing open-minded, global citizens that celebrate diversity.

Audrey d’Assignies

Human Resources Manager

B.A., International Affairs and Economics, American University of Paris

Moira Clarkin Evans

Interventionist Coordinator

Sarah Harris

IB PYP Coordinator Grades 2-5

Stephanie James

Learning Support Coordinator

Master of Public Health (MPH), Walden University
M.S., Education Administration, Trinity University

Tasliym Lester

Director of Operations

B.A., English, Virginia Union University

Brian Nelson

Systems Administrator

B.A., English, Frostburg State University

Kareem Nuri

Director of REEF

B.S., Economics, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Jennifer Olin

Data Specialist

Master of Public Policy, University of Minnesota

Sarah Perkins

Project Development & Grants Coordinator

MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MA, East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Amy Quinn

Co-founder & Director of Teaching and Learning

M.S., Education-Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kansas-Lawrence

Becky Rosenberg

IB PYP Coordinator Grades PK3-1

BS (Elementary Education) and MS (Curriculum and Instruction) from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Annie Schleicher

Director of Enrollment & Accounts

B.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
B.A., English Education, Mercyhurst College

Melissa Volpe

Chief of Staff

B.S., Accounting

Michelle Williams

Human Resources Manager

Lijin Yang

Chinese Curriculum Coordinator

Yu Ying Board Member

“I enrolled my daughter in Yu Ying because I insisted upon a world-class education in the basics, I wanted her to grow up with the skills to succeed as a global citizen. I joined the board because I wanted to ensure that Yu Ying will be twice as strong when it comes time to enroll my grandchildren in school.”

Board Members

As a nonprofit organization, Washington Yu Ying is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  Among its many duties, the board provides governance, fiscal oversight, and strategic planning for the school as we continue to work hard to provide a world-class education to students.  Yu Ying’s board meets monthly and holds an annual public meeting open to the whole school community.  Below is a list of Yu Ying’s current Board of Trustees.

Robert Anderson


Assistant General Counsel, United States Trade Representative

Liza Douglas


National Executive Lead, Foundation Relations, American Heart Association

Paige Hoffman


Deputy Chief, School Improvement and Supports, District of Columbia Public Schools

Marcus Hurley


Senior Project Manager – Mark G Anderson Consultants

Amy Lee


Employment Taxes Manager, PA Consulting Group, Inc.

Darren Riley


Huffman Riley PLLC

Wendy Rueda


Consultant, N4 Solutions

Jose C. Sousa


Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Prince George’s County Government

Michelle Stuntz


Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Abigail Sze-Levine


Of-Counsel, Padlan, Salvador, Coloma & Associates

Jevon Walton


Principal, The Philanx Group

LeMar White


Ethics & Compliance Program Manager/Diversity Coordinator, Google LLC

Kelly Yee


Management Consultant at BCS Incorporated

Building Leadership

Yu Ying is constantly working towards enhancing the capacity of its educators. We do this because we know that our students’ success is intrinsically tied to the success of our teachers. Our teachers regularly participate in a variety of professional development, ranging from internally led workshops on classroom management to external trainings on inquiry-based education.

Our teachers also deepen their knowledge and hone their skills by attending and presenting at national conferences.  In fact, Yu Ying educators are often regular presenters at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the National Chinese Language Conference.  Locally our staff lead learning sessions for International Baccalaureate Mid-Atlantic conference, Washington International Summer Institute for Teachers, and other various workshops in the DC Metro area.