Dayton Leadership Academies

A School Culture of Joy and Achievement

Specials Team

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Mr. Khaled Jaber
Mr. Khaled Jaber
Exploration Teacher

Mr. Jaber proudly joined DLA in August 2017. He graduated from Wright State University in 2016 and further earned his Master's degree in Special Education from NCU in 2022. Mr. Jaber has an avid passion for teaching and inspiring his students to explore and discover various subjects and life skills that will help prepare them for success beyond DLA. As the Exploration teacher, he hopes to teach and encourage students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally through embracing the DLA core values, vision, and mission. Mr. Jaber enjoys positive interactions with his DLA students, families and staff community.  His goal is to help support and maintain student motivation and love of learning, through full classroom engagement and hands-on activities. When Mr. Jaber is not at DLA, you can find him at home with his wife and three daughters, fishing, auto-trading or weight lifting.



Davine Phelps
Davine Phelps
Physical Education Teacher

Miss Phelps is a native of Dayton, Ohio and joined Dayton Leadership Academy in 2015. She is a graduate of Colonel White High School and Central State University where she received her Bachelor’s in Physical Education. She has been able to leave a mark in the education field for over ten years serving in the areas of administration, counselor, tutor, and educator. She enjoys basketball, something that secured her scholarship to Central State University, and she still plays today. She is currently Assistant Coach of the girls basketball and track teams at Dayton Leadership Academy.

The unique thing about DLA is everyone is integrated well and all want the best for each student. It truly is a team effort for the better good of the students and the staff. Becoming a part of the DLA staff was an easy decision once she realized how the school’s goals for student success aligned with her goals. She aspires to empower students with the belief that they can do anything if they set goals and work hard.


Maiya Thronton-Hodge
Maiya Thronton-Hodge
Art Teacher

Miss Maiya graduated high school in Yellow Springs Ohio and obtained a bachelors of science in Fine Art from Skidmore College in upstate NY in 2014. She had the privilege to study abroad in Florence Italy where she furthered her Art education at (SACI) Studio Arts College International.

She has over 7 + years of experience teaching Art with various techniques to ALL ages.

She loves that DLA is such a close-knit community and could not ask for a better working environment. She thinks the staff pushes her to be a better version of herself.