Atasha James

Principal, Leckie Elementary School

Atasha James serves as the Principal of Leckie Elementary School for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In this role, she leads 60 Faculty and Staff who serve Leckie’s 525 scholars to ensure all students achieve at their highest potential and have a love of school and learning.

At Leckie, 93 percent of the students say they love their school and would recommend it to a friend! Prior to becoming Principal, Atasha taught at both the Elementary and Middle School levels before working with Teacher Educator Institute at The State University of New York at Buffalo, while completing her doctoral studies. Atasha has led schools in Buffalo City Schools and Anne Arundel County Schools before making DCPS her home.

In recognition of her achievements, DCPS offered Atasha a three-year appointment; she was awarded the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leaders. Atasha is a Mary Jane Fellow Mentor Principal and is among a short list of school leaders recognized for closing the achievement gap in both math and reading for three consecutive years.