Dayton Leadership Academies

A School Culture of Joy and Achievement

K-2 Team

Ms. Sarah Adams
Adams, Ms. Sarah
Kindergarten Teacher
K-2 Team

Ms. Adams grew up in the Dayton area before attending The Ohio State University where she received her bachelor's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. After college she was a corps member with Teach for America in the Greater Tulsa region, where she taught kindergarten. Ms. Adams began her master's degree at Johns Hopkins in Early Childhood Education before returning to the area to teach at Dayton Leadership Academies. Ms. Adams loves DLA's school culture of joy and achievement and is excited to be on this incredible team.

Fanny Agutu
Agutu, Fanny
Kindergarten Teacher
Academy Staff
K-2 Team

Ms. Agutu grew up in Kenya, and has lived in Cincinnati and Dayton for sometime.  She decided to major in Communication - print journalism, at the College of Mount Saint Joseph, now Mount Saint Joseph University, and later Wright State University.  Ms. Agutu has had experience working in the healthcare industry, and is also a published writer locally.  Her career in education started when she became a  preschool teacher, where she taught for 4 years, before she joined Teach for America, Southwest Ohio region.

 Ms. Agutu is excited to see how much effort DLA puts into the community.

 Ms. Agutu is passionate about empowering students to see the best in themselves and  to grow into contributing members of the society.  

Natalie Clark
Clark, Natalie
2nd Grade Teacher
Academy Staff
K-2 Team

Mrs. Clark was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Ohio University for her undergraduate degree. This is her first year teaching and she is very excited for this school year. DLA represents a team community that got her attention! She believes that great things are going to happen this year! In her free time, she enjoys running and reading. She is very excited to work with students to help them meet their goals and succeed!


Mario Cosey
Cosey, Mario
2nd Grade Teacher
K-2 Team

Mr. Cosey graduated from Purdue University with a certification in Pre K-5th grade.  He has worked in mathematics intervention and reading intervention. Mr. Cosey loved the DLA library and is excited our student have access to all the wonderful books!


Treeial Dotson
Dotson, Treeial
Kindergarten Teacher
Academy Staff
K-2 Team

Ms. Dotson has her Master Degree in Educational Intervention from Grand Canyon University.  She has worked in education for many years. She loves the positive atmosphere of DLA!


Eley, Asiaonna
K-2 Instructional Aide
Academy Staff
K-2 Team

Ms.Eley is  a native of Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Dayton to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Central State University. She has served in various positions in Education including Arts programs at Rainey Institute, Board of Directors for Ohio Student Education Association, and CDF Freedom Schools to name a few.She believe each student is capable of being successful with the proper amount of support, and a caring environment. Ms.Eley loves the positive environment at DLA and is proud to be a part of such a STRONG team. 



Eyler, Marcia
K-2 Instructional Aid
Academy Staff
K-2 Team

Mrs. Eyler graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio

B.A. psychology She also studied at Mount Saint Mary’s University in

Emmitsburg, Maryland MBA. She worked as a  Detention Counselor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also worked as a  Special Education Teacher in Hagerstown, Maryland and a Probation and Parole Officer in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She has also worked as an Instructional Aide in Special Education at Northmont Schools.

She likes the supportive culture of the staff as well as the students here at DLA. The teachers are dedicated to educating the students and helping them excel.  She feels the various ceremonies are great self esteem and motivational concepts.


Ashley Ferguson
Ferguson, Ashley
1st Grade Teacher
K-2 Team

Ms. Ferguson has a bachelors in early childhood education from Wright state university and a Masters in Special education from Xavier.

She will be beginning her 5th year of teaching. This is her  second year in first grade at DLA

She loves the growth mindset everyone has. Teachers, staff and children are always looking for ways to learn and grow. 

Willia McDaniel
McDaniel, Willia
1st Grade Teacher
Academy Staff
K-2 Team

Ms. McDaniel was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Attended Wilberforce University and has a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work and has been in the education field for 14 years. Second year working as a First Grade Teacher. What she loves about DLA is being a Voice to the Parents to spread the awareness of how Education is Very Important and Key.

Samantha Stephens
Stephens, Samantha
1st Grade Teacher
Academy Staff
K-2 Team
Mrs. Stephens attended East Carolina University and obtained her B.A. in Elementary Education.  She is certified in K-5th grade. She has 7 years experience teaching in North Carolina. She is excited to be a part of the DLA team and loves the core values we instill on our students.