Executive Director/ Founder
Craig Cason is responsible for marketing, business development, implementation, and operations.
He specializes in Comprehensive Business Development and Integrated Event Program Development with expertise in Marketing and Public Relations.
Mr. Cason has served on the football coaching staff of The Philadelphia Eagles, Princeton University, Howard University, Dartmouth College, and The University of Maine. Mr. Cason earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University in 1983 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine in 1985.
Mr. Cason has a tremendous track record and is well-established when it comes to strategic planning and organizational growth. He created and served as the Executive Producer for the tremendously successful Honda Battle of The Bands for seven years, served as the movie Drumline's Coordinator for Special Events, and was a member of other profound Youth and Sports Programs.
Mr. Cason is known as an innovator in Charter School facilities development and is recognized nationally as an expert in Charter School development.
Super Intendent of Schools
Dr. Stephanie Payne
Deputy Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Stephanie Payne is a 30+ year veteran educator. She earned a BS Degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University, a Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction from Argosy University, Sarasota Florida and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership also from Argosy University.
Dr. Payne has served children in economically disadvantaged urban Title I schools in Atlanta, Boston and Chicago. She has also served as a General and Special Education Classroom Teacher, Department Head, Teacher Leader Support Specialist, Title I Coordinator, Professional Development Coordinator and State Academic Coordinator with the No Child Left Behind Inactive.
Dr. Payne served on the founding Governance Board of DuBois Integrity Academy (DIA) as Board Chair where she was later selected as the founding Principal.
Dr. Payne believes that every child has a divine purpose and passionately believes that children in low economic communities deserved to have the best teachers, resources and educational opportunities.
Dean Myron Jones
Interim Elementary Principal (K-5)
Myron Jones is a 10-year veteran educator with a vast amount of knowledge and passion. He graduated from Mercer University with a bachelor’s degree and dual certification in general education and special education.
Mr. Jones worked with leaders of the Abu Dhabi Education Council to strengthen the practices and processes in the Emirates to impact English and Math instruction. He has been the RTI chair in multiple districts as well as implemented P.B.I.S. to encourage positive behavior.
Since being apart of the dynamic team at DuBois Integrity Academy, Mr. Jones has reduced the number of suspensions by 15%. Mr. Jones is also supporting our children with disabilities by using data to implement co-teaching models to close gaps.
He is a team player and understands that it is the efforts of the team to reach our goal of being a National Blue-Ribbon School.
Middle School Assistant Principal
Mr. Kenneth Scott received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Georgia State University. While enrolled in the Political Science program, he studied abroad in Old Havana, Cuba studying international relations. Later, he completed his Masters of Education with Liberty University.
During Mr. Scott's teaching career, he served as the Student Support Chair, Social Studies Department Chair, Circle of Support Chair, Grade Level Chair, and District Curriculum Team Member. As he transitioned out of the classroom, he became a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Coordinator.
Mr. Scott is now using his curriculum knowledge and behavioral expertise to impact the climate and culture at DIA! He is grateful and excited to share resources and strategies to improve student behavior and academic success.
Ms. LaKeesha Jones is a 20-year veteran educator teaching and leading in both private, public
and charter schools. Throughout her career she has served in multiple capacities including Pre-k
Lead Teacher, K-5 th Classroom Teacher, Grade Level Chair, EIP Lead, Camp Director, Teacher
and Student Mentor, Behavior Specialist, and PBIS Facilitator.
Ms. Jones earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Child & Family Development from Georgia
Southern University in 2003; A Masters of Education in Elementary Education from Cambridge
College in 2009; A Specialist in Education from Walden University in 2017; and is currently
completing her doctorate in Early Childhood Education at National University.
Ms. Jones strives to create a culture of learning for all students, encourage academic ownership,
and truly value social and emotional learning. Her knowledge and expertise are being used to
build climate and culture for staff and students, as well as improve academic success for ALL
learners at DIA! She is extremely fortunate to serve such a supportive community of dedicated
teachers, staff, involved parents, and diverse learners.