meet our teachers
Sixth Grade Earth Science Teacher
Deal Middle School
Whittier Education Campus
Fifth Grade Teacher
Burroughs Education Campus
2006: Began teaching in New York City Public Schools
2009: Joined DCPS
2010-11: Served on the Chancellor’s Teachers’ Cabinet
2011: Awarded a Rubenstein for Highly Effective Teaching
I’m so excited to be part of the bigger movement that’s happening in DCPS, because that’s what’s best for kids.
What brought you to DCPS?
I loved teaching in New York City, but no one really ever told me how to become a better teacher. I felt like my impact was within my classroom and my grade. I was looking for more – to broaden my impact without leaving the classroom.
How does DCPS give teachers a voice?
I believe DC’s new structure with the LIFT ladder and the Chancellor’s Teachers’ Cabinet gives teachers a voice. I could still be in the classroom but my voice could be heard on bigger issues, like teacher evaluation and closing the achievement gap.
Teachers feel valued because their voices are heard. I actually feel like people are listening to me.
What excites you about teaching in DCPS?
I love teaching, I love my classroom, and I’m so excited to be part of the bigger movement that’s happening in DCPS, because that’s what’s best for kids.
1998: Began his teaching career in Maryland
2010: Joined DCPS
2012: Earned a Highly Effective rating on IMPACT
2012-13: Served as a DCPS LIFT Ambassador
I wanted to have my name go down in history as part of DC’s push for reform.
What brought you to DCPS?
After teaching for 12 years in Maryland, I thought, "You know, I need a change." I was looking for a new challenge.
I saw something on the news that talked about this push for reform in DC. They said your zip code should not matter in terms of whether you get a quality education. And I said to myself, "Wow. Wouldn't it be great to be a part of this initiative?" I wanted to have my name go down in history as part of that.
What is it like to teach here?
When I got here, the principal, the teachers, and the parents were all so inviting. Many teachers have an open door policy. I can go in and get advice and strategies to actually use in my classroom. Their support was especially helpful for my work with younger kids, since I had only taught in high schools before coming to DCPS.
How does DCPS support your growth?
I appreciate that DCPS constantly pushes us to get better as teachers. I'm not content to just tread water. I want to continue to absorb more information because that makes me a better teacher. I definitely think that the tools are here for us.
2001: Began her teaching career at DCPS
2007: Mentored teachers through the DC Teaching Fellows
2012: Earned an Excellence in Teaching Award
2012: Named DCPS Teacher of the Year
We are trying as hard as we can to become the best school district in the country, and there’s evidence of that in every single school.
What was DCPS like when you started teaching here?
When I joined DCPS 11 years ago, it didn't seem like much was happening to increase student achievement. Priorities were different from school to school and from teacher to teacher. So many teachers really wanted to do well by their students, but there was never a lot of time put into defining what good teaching looks like.
How has DCPS changed in the past few years?
There's been a lot of emphasis placed on what exactly it means to teach a concept effectively: how do you know a student has grasped that skill, what are your questions to push them to delve deeper? DCPS is pushing the importance of strong curriculum, but allows us more freedom in what tools we use. That’s what I’ve always wanted.
Where is DCPS headed?
DCPS’s direction is promising because it's showing students that, as a district—teachers, principals, and administrators—we are really dedicated to working towards their achievement. The message we’re sending is, “DCPS is trying as hard as we can to become the best school district in the country,” and there's evidence of that in every single school.