The Danforth Educational Leadership Program features top-flight UW faculty along with credentialed instructors who work in the field.
Ann O’Doherty – Director
Ann O'Doherty is the director of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program and a senior lecturer in the UW College of Education. Before assuming this role, she served as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. There she directed the Collaborative Urban Leadership Project, which prepares effective secondary school leaders for schools in the Dallas, Houston, Harlandale and Austin areas. She also codeveloped the racial awareness curriculum module for the Preparing Leaders to Support Diverse Learners program of the University Council for Educational Administration. Prior to her work in higher education, O'Doherty spent 18 years contributing to public schools at the pre-K–12 level, including 12 years as a school administrator. Her research interests include program evaluation, coaching, leadership development and district-level influence on school success. She regularly contributes to research and scholarship efforts and currently serves as a member of the editorial board for Educational Administration Quarterly. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Dedy Fauntleroy is principal of Northgate Elementary in the Seattle Public Schools. She previously served in leadership positions at John Stanford International School and Loyal Heights Elementary. Before becoming a building leader, Fauntleroy served as teacher leader in roles that included an English language learner instructional coach, consultant for the Council of Great City Schools, and collaborator with the Center for Teacher Quality. She has also worked as a classroom teacher in grades 2–8. Fauntleroy earned her master’s in education from the University of La Verne and a principal certificate from the Danforth program.
With over a decade of successful experience in student affairs, social justice education, student mentoring and program management, Jennifer Indo is a strong believer in the power of community leadership. She regularly challenges the misconceptions of siloed, top-down leadership and encourages her students to understand their leadership from a community and social justice-based perspective. Prior to her work at the University of Washington, as a university-level liaison, Jennifer served as a common core curriculum, field trip and camp developer and director for students in grades K-12 at Jackson Elementary School. She chaired and convened a council of outreach programs, offices, schools and non-profits that provided support to multiple school districts in Utah for 5 years. She also served as the program manager to the senior vice-president of the Health Sciences at the University of Utah, where she focused on increasing the hiring and retention of students, staff and faculty of color throughout the Health Sciences while promoting racial awareness and the importance of cultural understanding when treating patients. Jennifer earned her master’s in education, leadership and policy from the University of Utah and currently co-teaches the culturally responsive leadership module.
Ann Ishimaru is an assistant professor of educational leadership, policy and organizations at the UW College of Education. Her research and teaching focus on developing leadership capacity for equity-based systemic change, the use of data in educational inquiry processes, transformative family and community engagement, and community-based research methods. She is a principal investigator of the Equitable Parent-School Collaboration Research Project as well as the Organizational Leadership for Equity Project. Her research has been published in Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record and Educational Administration Quarterly. Ishimaru previously worked for an education research organization, led community-based organizations, and taught middle and high school science. Ann Ishimaru teaches the Equitable Collaboration module as part of the Advocating with Students, Families and Communities learning strand.
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Will Leitch is a founding principal of the firm Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch and teaches school law for the Danforth program. His civil litigation practice emphasizes complex public sector tort defense, school law, employment law, abuse litigation and civil rights. His experience includes over 15 years of work for school districts, counties, cities and towns, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service entities, and corporate clients. Leitch serves on a variety of regional harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying committees and workgroups. In addition, he’s a member of the Washington State Attorney General’s Youth Internet Safety Taskforce and of the advisory board for the Internet Keep Safe Coalition in Washington, D.C. Leitch earned his J.D. from the Willamette University School of Law.
Jen Rose has been an educator for more than two decades. She is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning in the Lake Washington School District. Previously, she served as principal at the International School in Bellevue, principal at Medina Elementary, and as an assistant principal at Sammamish High School. She is deeply interested in developing, supporting, and empowering leadership capacity and instructional strengths in all stakeholders in public education. Dr. Rose has served in additional leadership roles in the region, including multiple roles for the Association of Washington State Principals, as an Instructional Criteria Framework Specialist for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, and as a consultant for professional learning for multiple school districts through work with OSPI. Dr. Rose earned her doctorate from the UW Leadership for Learning program in 2012. In 2014, she received the UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. Dr. Rose received her administrative credentials from the Danforth program in 2003 and has stayed engaged in the program since that time.
Dr. Keisha Scarlett is Executive Director for the Equity, Partnership and Engagement Office for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) leading Community and Family Engagement (CAFÉ). She has worked with SPS for nearly 20 years and has been in a number of previous roles in human resources and leadership development. She has been an instructor with the Danforth Program since 2011, taking a break from 2015-2018 in order to pursue her doctoral studies. Keisha graduated from Garfield High School and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in teaching from Heritage University. She attended the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program for principal certification and the UW’s Leadership for Learning Program where she completed her Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) degree in educational leadership and policy studies.
David Wellington has worked in education for more than 25 years. He taught high school for nine years before becoming an administrator. Wellington has served as an elementary, middle, and high school principal and is currently an assistant superintendent in the Northshore School District. He was part of the Danforth 14 cohort in 2001–2002. He holds a master’s from the University of Puget Sound.
Mia Williams began teaching in Seattle Public Schools in 1993 and entered the Danforth program in 2000. After completing her master's degree at the UW, Williams served as an assistant principal in the district at Salmon Bay K-8 School and Denny International Middle School before assuming leadership of Aki Kurose Middle School. In 2013, Williams received the Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence, which recognizes outstanding secondary school principals in the district, and she was lauded for creating a "school culture of high expectations, inclusiveness, equity and mutual respect among staff, students, families and community members." In 2016 Williams was awarded the Middle Level Principal of the Year by Association of Washington School Principals.
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