Skip Grant Program

Meet the Directors

Glennard “OJ” Johnson

Glennard “OJ” Johnson is a 1997 graduate of St. Albans School. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University where he also played varsity basketball and football. Mr. Johnson formerly served as the head basketball coach and athletic director at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Now back at his high school alma mater, Mr. Johnson serves as head basketball coach, admissions associate, and Director of the Skip Grant Program. Back at his alma mater since 2011, Mr. Johnson is excited to be an active member of the St. Albans community.

Denny Gonzalez

Denny Gonzalez hails from New Jersey and graduated from Colgate University with an A.B. magna cum laude in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He currently pursues an M.A. in English at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. Prior to his work at St. Albans, Mr. Gonzalez worked as a campus minister and service coordinator at Saint Ignatius High School, an all-male, Catholic high school in Cleveland, Ohio. He also taught English and served as student diversity coordinator at School of the Holy Child, an all-female, Catholic 5–12 school outside New York City. Committed to issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, Mr. Gonzalez is thrilled to step into this new role in the Skip Grant Program while continuing to foster joy in both teaching and learning in his Upper School English classroom.

RJ Johnsen

RJ Johnsen is an Assistant Director of the Skip Grant Program.  In addition to this role, Mr. Johnsen serves as St. Albans' Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Director of Retail Operations, and Assistant Director of Upper School Admissions.  Mr. Johnsen is a native of Washington, DC, having graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1999.  In 2003, he received a degree in political science from the University of Rochester, where he also played varsity baseball.

Rachelle Sam

Rachelle Sam serves as an Assistant Director of the Skip Grant Program.  Reverend Sam grew up in southeast Texas and received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Rice University and Master of Divinity from Harvard University. Prior to joining St. Albans, she taught ancient history and world history at Groton School in Massachusetts. At St. Albans she teaches in the Religion Department, works with the social service program, and coaches Cross Country. 
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.