Lecester Johnson has been Academy of Hope’s Executive Director since 2006. During that time she has led the school through programmatic and organizational expansion, adding a postsecondary program, a youth GED program and a second site. In 2011, Ms. Johnson was honored with the Meyer Exponent Award for her leadership. She has an M.A. and an Ed. S. in Transitional Special Education and Severe Emotional Disturbance from the George Washington University. She is also a Certified Vocational Evaluator.
Prior to coming to Academy of Hope, she managed adult education and workforce development programs at CPDC and was Deputy Director of Programs managing a budget of $1.6 million dollars. She has worked in the Washington, D.C. community for over 20 years leading community based organization and working in the education field.
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