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Meet Alumni Leaders

Alumni Leaders 2024

Alumni Leaders Giving Back to Students, Schools, Communities & Families

Mashea Ashton '96, M.Ed. '97

Meet Mashea

"I identified my life’s passion for education early on. Every kid deserves access to a William & Mary education, an amazing education that empowers you to have amazing opportunities. My time at William & Mary really inspired and propelled that."

Kimberly Brush M.A.Ed. '09, Ph.D. '13

Meet Kimberly

Kimberly Brush currently works as Chief of Staff at NASA Langley Research Center. She attended William & Mary  to become a reading specialist, but one policy class changed that goal. Securing an internship in the Office of Education at NASA allowed her to reach educators and administrators across multiple states, as well as engage and inspire students in NASA’s mission. 

Benjamin Djeukeng Ph.D. '15Meet Benjamin


Benjamin Djeukeng currently serves as the Dean of Administration at the Richmond Higher Education Institution.

"William & Mary prepared me to be the open-minded higher education servant leader I am today." 

Johann Ducharme Ph.D. '21

Meet Johann

Johann Ducharme currently works as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware.  He teaches and conducts research at the cross-section of entrepreneurship,
 leadership and intellectual virtues. Ducharme remembers his time at William & Mary as pivotal in providing diverse career opportunities.

Alan Edwards '88, Ed.S. '93, Ph.D. '01

Meet Alan

Alan Edwards has worked for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) for 22 years. He became Interim Director on January 1, 2024.

"Being asked to serve as the agency’s Interim Director is my proudest professional accomplishment."

Lloyd English '00, Ed.S. '04

Meet Lloyd

"William & Mary provided the foundation for everything I've accomplished in my career. The professors didn't just teach what to think, but also how to think about important issues in education. They placed the processes and decisions of the school psychologist within the broader context of the school and district, emphasizing collaboration with parents and other professionals."

Darianne Etheridge M.Ed. '21

Meet Darianne

Darianne Etheridge is in her third year working at James River Elementary, where she implements a comprehensive school counseling program that supports staff, students and their families.

Sabrina Leahy M.A.Ed. '16

Meet Sabrina

Sabrina Leahy began her teaching career in Newport News Public Schools where she worked as a middle school science teacher, school improvement coordinator, and department chair. During that time, she also served as a clinical faculty member for the School of Education, mentoring numerous pre-service student teachers and interns.

Meghan Lechner M.Ed. '16

Meet Meghan


Meghan Lechner works daily with incarcerated women while they pursue bachelor's degrees. Through this work, the program has the chance to work with legislators, community members, Department of Corrections officials, and university partners to advocate for education in carceral settings.

Angelo Letizia Ph.D. '14

Meet Angelo

Angelo Letizia is an Associate Professor of Education and Department Chair of Initial Programs at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU). He primarily teaches in the doctoral and master’s programs, focusing on classes in educational philosophy and history, law, leadership, social studies methods and historical research. He also helps oversee all pre-service teachers and programs.


Alynn Parham M.A.Ed. '18

Meet Alynn

In addition to teaching at Jamestown High School, Alynn Parham was the Williamsburg-James City Education Association President, JV scholastic bowl coach and sponsor of the 365 African American Scholastic Bowl. Starting next year, she will be teaching the AP African American Studies course. 

Drew Polly '99

Meet Drew

Drew Polly spends his days teaching future teachers and working in schools to help teachers improve how they teach math to elementary school students.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is most proud of "teaching over 800 future teachers and teachers who have made tremendous impacts in the lives of children."