L.E.E. Academy Foundation

Meet the Team

Founder & Executive Director

Shandra Cain is a native of Petersburg, VA, and a lifelong Virginia resident. She’s an esteemed Alumna of the Virginia State University, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology Education and Educational Administration and Supervision, respectively. In 2016 Dr. Cain completed her doctoral work at Northcentral University and was awarded a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instructional Leadership.  Dr. Cain prides herself on the ability to teach all students and instills in her Curriculum and Instruction Students that same skill.  Dr. Cain taught for 5 years in the school system before joining Virginia State University in 2007.  For over 10 years she was the instructor for the Introduction to Teaching courses at VSU where she taught future teachers how to be Competent, Caring, Effective, and Reflective Practitioners who create positive learning environments for all students. More recently she’s become one of the Executive director for the VSU C.E.N.T.E.R.S. Program.   In 2020 when the world had to pause due to the COVID-19,  Dr. Cain realized that students were not properly equipped for the transition to Virtual Learning, and worked tirelessly to create a program that could help students regardless of their location could get the help they need to succeed regardless of their environment. She has served on various committees to evolve STEM Education and her passion is to help students understand science and aspire to go into the  STEM fields in college.  Dr. Cain is a mother of 2 boys Niko and DJ and a host of other college babies she has taken under her wing.   Dr.  Cain is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., The Petersburg Chapter of The Links, Inc., and the world-renowned VSU Woo Woos.  Her motto for teaching is to “Inspire Hope, Ignite the Imagination, and Instill a Love of Learning” in all her students. 



The LEE Academy Foundation Board of Directors

Ms. Katisha Harrison


Mrs. Adrian Taylor

Vice President

Ms. LaTonya Hayes


Dr. Trina Spencer


Mrs. Darlene Thomas

Mrs. Karen Hinton

Dear potential donor,

We’re The L.E.E. Academy, a new organization in the Chesterfield community. We were founded in 2020 to help and support students with educational goals and expose students to supplemental instruction opportunities with a holistic approach. 
Our goal is to assist in the development of skills necessary for success in their learning by using effective pedagogical strategies in the Chesterfield and surrounding tri-cities area.
We’re reaching out to you as a neighbors and friends of The L.E.E. Academy with a vested interest in seeing our community thrive.  Getting a foothold as a new small business is a huge challenge. Raising awareness for our cause and our work is crucial if we’re going to make any kind of long-term impact!
Would you consider becoming a donor at one of the donation levels below to get us one step closer to our fundraising goal of 20,000 for the year?
 If we reach this target goal before December 31, 2023, we’ll be able to provide our students with curriculum materials that can be used at the academy as well as home.  We will also be able to provide supplemental activities to students to enrich the students learning and you can help us get there! Also, please explore our website or follow us on social media to learn more about our mission and the partners who have already joined our cause.

Please see our donation levels below to get started:

Annual Giving levels for The L.E.E. Academy include:

●      The Founder’s Club: $10,000 or more

●      The President’s Club: $5,000 to $9,999

●      The L.E.E. Club: $2,500 to $4,999

●      The Academy Club: $1,000 to $2,499

●      The Coaches Club: $500 to $999

Any donation amount will be appreciated.

 Become a VIP Donor

The L.E.E. Academy offers a VIP Donor Package as a special thank you to donors who contribute $2,500 or more in onecalendar year. The VIP Donor Package includes the following benefits:

●      Special badge highlighting you as a VIP Donor

●      The L.E.E. Academy Swag kit

●      Ticket to the End of the Year Banquet (along with reserved seating)*

●      Invitation to The L.E.E. Academy Green Apple Gala*

●      A commemorative Pin

Thanks, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Shandra CainFounder & Executive Director