E.L. Haynes Staff

Alexandra Alderman, Institutional Giving Manager, joined the staff in 2011. Ms. Alderman has spent much of her career working in international development with a variety of organizations including the World Bank, Yale University's Innovations for Poverty Action, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Her international work included research and program evaluation of basic education programs in Africa and Latin America. Alexandra holds a Master in Public Administration/International Development from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in economics and Latin American Studies from Northwestern University. She served as Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

Noris Alderson, Spanish Teacher, grades 3-8, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2007. Ms. Alderson previously taught Spanish in a D.C Public Charter School. Prior to that she was a Diplomat and worked as a Cultural Attach for the Embassy of Panama before the White House and was a Counselor of the Embassy of Panama to the Organization of American States. As a Journalist she had written for several newspapers in Panama. Her first teaching experience was working for the Public Schools in North Carolina. She holds a Master's in Communications.

Meg Allen, Inclusion Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in July 2010. Originally from Massachusetts, Meg has spent the past several years in DC earning both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Special Education: Learning Disabilities from American University. She spent a year training at The Lab School of Washington, has been trained to teach yoga to children, and is thrilled to be part of the E.L. Haynes learning community.

Darnell Almanzar, Capital Teaching Resident, joined the staff in August 2010 as an Americorps member. He has more than 4 years of teaching experience, working as a tutor at Knollwood Elementary School in Salisbury, NC, Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC and Dunbar Elementary School in Washington, DC. A native of Hempstead, NY, Mr. Almanzar hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Livingstone College. Currently he is a graduate student at Howard University in Washington, DC working on a Master's of Teaching in Secondary Education with a concentration in English Education.

Lisa Apple, Inclusion Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in 2009 as a math inclusion teacher for 6th and 7th grade.  Prior to coming to E.L. Haynes, she was an inclusion algebra teacher serving over-age, under-credit students at Anacostia Senior High School.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Drew University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education from George Mason University.

Kirsten Bakken, Capital Teaching Resident, joined E.L. Haynes in September 2010 as a member of the Extended Day Program staff. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, she served for two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Asian Human Services in Chicago, where she taught English as a Second Language classes for adults, tutored elementary school students, and managed a summer camp for youth. Originally from Michigan, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Michigan State University.

Brent Bass, Fitness and Health Teacher, joined E.L. Haynes in July 2011 after one year of teaching Physical Education at Holy Trinity Day School in Maryland. Mr. Bass has more than 15 years of experience operating recreational sports and fitness programs. Prior to relocating to the area from New York in 2009, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in various municipalities in the New York City Metropolitan area and has owned a private sports business that concentrated on providing sports and fitness programs for children ages 3-15. Mr. Bass is also a former intercollegiate Basketball player and coach who holds an undergraduate degree in Parks and Recreation administration and a Master's in Teaching Physical Education/ Sport Pedagogy from Manhattanville College in White Plains, NY and a Master's of Science in Teaching Social Studies from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.

Kris Bengtson, English Language Learning Teacher, joined EL Haynes in August 2010. He has taught at the middle school level for seven years. Prior to joining EL Haynes, Mr. Bengtson worked in the Alexandria City Public Schools system. In a previous work life, Mr. Bengtson worked with Latin American foreign policy in Washington, DC. A native of Concord, California, Mr.Bengtson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and International Relations from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Secondary Education from the George Washington University. He is a National Board Certified Teacher of English as a New Language.

Meg Boatwright, Wilson Reading Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2008. She earned a B.A. in history and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Arizona. Ms. Boatwright taught for 2 years with Teach for America at Davis Elementary School in Washington, DC, and during that time, she earned a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from American University.

Megan Boemio, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in March 2010 as a member of the Extended Day Program. Prior to working at E.L. Haynes she lived in The Gambia, West Africa working as a field biologist and teaching assistant. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is a native of Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Boyer, Pre-K 3 Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2009 as a Teaching Associate. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a M.S. Ed. in elementary education with a concentration in urban education in 2009. During graduate school, Ms. Boyer taught kindergarten at the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School and third grade at Friends Select, both located in Philadelphia. Ms. Boyer has a wide range of experience working with special education students, including being a dance instructor at a rehabilitation center in Lancaster, PA. Additionally, Ms. Boyer has worked under the Philadelphia Regional Secretary at the Department of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Policy from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Ms. Boyer was born and raised in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Meryl Brady, English Language Learning Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in August 2010. Before coming to E.L. Haynes, Ms. Brady worked elsewhere in DC schools as a Spanish teacher and then as an ESL teacher. She taught English in Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving to DC, and is originally from the US Virgin Islands. Ms. Brady holds a Bachelors degree in Spanish from Haverford College, and is currently working on her Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at American University.

Phylicia Bridgewater, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes team in August 2010. Ms. Bridgewater has recently completed working for Howard University on behalf of the Officeof the State Superintendent of Education as a research assistant. She has previously volunteered in the 3rd grade at E.L. Haynes in the Spring of 2010. Ms. Bridgewater is a native of the Bronx, New York and holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Development from Howard University's School of Education.

Kimberly Brown, Capital Teaching Resident, joined the staff in July 2011. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Kim mentored with the American Reads*America Counts program for the past four years and went on Alternative Break service learning trips to explore the disparities in our nation's education system, leading her to E.L. Haynes.

Tia Brumsted, High School Social Worker, joined the E.L. Haynes team in July 2011. She has been living and practicing clinical social work in the DC area for 6 years. Tia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College and a MSW in Clinical Social Work from Smith College. She enjoys working with students using a variety of therapeutic modalities to strengthen social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning.

Lauralee Bruner, English Language Learner Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2011. She has six years of teaching experience, three years as a classroom teacher and three years as an ELL teacher in DC. She has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas.

Norma Bryant, Pre-K 3 Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2009. She has more than 20 years of classroom and leadership experience in Early Childhood. Prior to joining the Haynes Team. Ms. Bryant taught at Hope Community PCS were she served as Teacher, Academy,and Grade Leader for Early Childhood. She served as Early Childhood Coordinator,Teacher, and Summer Coordinator at Tri-Community PCS. She has served as Substitute Mentor, Coach and liaison at other area schools. Ms. Bryant is also founder of "LimitlessKids" a organization that support and advocatef for early childhood education. A native Floridian, Ms. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education from NOVA University.

Marisol Castillo, High School English Teacher, Gisela Marisol Castillo was born in California and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Although her first name is Gisela, she goes by Marisol for two reasons. One, her parents incorrectly filled out an enrollment form when she registered for pre-kindergarten, resulting in confusion for the four-year old. Two, Gisela Castillo was the name of a villain in one of the many Mexican soap operas to which Marisol was addicted during her formative years, thus bringing a permanent curse on that name. After sorting out the confusion regarding her name, Marisol got serious and enrolled in Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in comparative literature and political science with honors in education. She was then accepted into Stanford's School of Education where she obtained her master's degree in education and teaching credential. Marisol completed her student teaching at a schosol in East Palo Alto, California, where she spent five years honing her skills and pushing herself as a teacher by applying for her National Board Credential, which she received in 2009. She then taught for three years in the South Bronx and is now here at E.L. Haynes.

Joanna Charles, Year Round Programs Site Manager, joined the E. L. Haynes staff in July 2011. Prior to coming to Haynes, she worked as a School Coordinator overseeing a literacy and mentoring program in a Title 1 School in DC. Joanna, native of New York, holds a Bachelor's of Art in Philosophy from Fordham University and a Master's in Public Administration from American University.

Davon Coachman, Dedicated Aid, joined E.L. Haynes in 2011. Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Mr. Coachman has over ten years experience working with children and seven years working with children with intellectual disabilities. Mr. Coachman attended Penn State University after graduating with high honors from Howard D. Woodson Senior High School. Mr. Coachman is looking forward to furthering his education in child care and is very excited to be a proud member of the E.L. Haynes Family.

Michael Conners, English Language Learning Teacher, joined the ELH staff in July 2010. Before coming to E.L. Haynes, Mr. Conners was a 2006 DC Teaching Fellow and taught 9th and 10th grade ESL at Columbia Heights Education Campus/Bell Multicultural High School from 2006 to 2009. He served as a pilot in the US Air Force for 7 years prior to entering the education profession. He recently traveled around the world with his wife visiting 25 countries in the developing world.

Margaret Cox, Spanish Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in 2010. She received her Master's in Teaching at the University Virginia as a Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellow and student-taught at nearby Nelson County High School. Prior to joining the E.L. Haynes team, she worked for the Albemarle County Migrant Education Department in Virginia, teaching English to migrant farm workers and tutoring middle and high school students.  A native of Virginia Beach, Ms. Cox also earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

Dee Crowder, Nurse, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008.

Elsi Cruz, Office Manager, Georgia Avenue, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2007. Ms. Cruz has an A.A. degree in Science for Mental Health from Montgomery College. She is currently pursuing a BSW at University of the District of Columbia. Before joining our staff she worked at My Sister’s Place as a case manager for five years with victims of domestic violence.

Amy Danks, 8th Grade Math Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in 2011. Prior, she was a student teacher with 7th grade math at E.L. Haynes. Originally from Michigan, she moved to DC in 2010 to join the Math for America DC program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and the integrated science program from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in teaching: secondary mathematics from American University.

Teresa Danskey, High School Spanish Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2011. After earning her bachelor's degree in Spanish and secondary education, Teresa taught as a high school Spanish teacher and migrant student educator in Indiana for two years. She and her husband then served our country for two years in South Africa with the Peace Corps as teacher trainers and community resources in Mpumalanga Province. After Peace Corps, Teresa moved to DC and taught Spanish at Phelps High School. Mrs. Danskey is thrilled to be the high school's founding world languages teacher and to call E.L. Haynes her new home!

Brian De Cicco, High School Physics Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes family as a founding member of the high school faculty in 2011. Originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Mr. De Cicco has lived and taught science in Washington, DC for 7 years. Mr. De Cicco has a B.A. in biology and classical studies from Gettysburg College and a M.A.in teaching for Secondary science from American University. For more than 10 years Mr. De Cicco has worked in experiential education leading students on hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, climbing, and kayaking trips. Prior to teaching, Mr. De Cicco worked in neuroscience research studying epilepsy and ischemic strokes and as an emergency medical technician in Boston, MA.

Maggie Fatovic, Inclusion Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2009 as an Inclusion Specialist in the middle school. She moved to the DC area 7 years ago after living in a number of places, including Colorado and London. Before working at Haynes, Maggie worked at Kingsbury Day School as a classroom teacher in the Lower School Program. She has also coached many sports including basketball and rowing. Maggie attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, recieving her undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduated from the University of Virginia with a Masters in Special Education.

Jodi Fiteny, Student Support Team Coordinator, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2009 as an Inclusion Teacher. She has been working in early childhood special education for more than eight years. Prior to joining the E.L. Haynes staff, she taught children diagnosed with autism in Oakland, CA. While teaching, she also served in multiple leadership roles including the school leadership and design teams, parent advocacy, the head of the autism department, and working on the school’s task force to ensure the safety and future of the school. Jodi was born in Columbus, Ohio and has a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Taylor University.

Eliza Ford, 8th Grade HumanitiesTeacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008 as a Teaching Associate and was a 7th Grade Teacher in 2009. Ms. Ford previously lived in New York, and has taught across a variety of settings and disciplines, including working with preschool students, children with autism, and as an American Sign Language instructor. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in religious studies.

Jennifer Fox-Thomas, Video Game Design and Inclusion Teacher, comes to the Haynes community with over over 20 years of experience developing educational programs for DC youth, including 10+ years of direct teaching experience. She earned her master's degree in transitional special education from George Washington University. She comes most recently from the Kingsbury Day School and has developed and directed youth programming at many prominent DC youth organizations, including Girls Rock! DC, Martha's Table teen program, For Love of Children's new technology center, and as Assistant Manager of CPDC's Youth Gateways. When not giggling with her two children, Jenn dabbles in running a music label and plays drums in local DC bands.

Kate Franz, Director of Literacy, has a B.A. in History from Davidson College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. She taught for 3 years with Teach for America at the P.R. Harris Educational Center followed by 3 years at Friendship-Edison Public Charter School. In her final year at Friendship-Edison she also served as the Reading Curriculum Coordinator and became a Nationally Certified Trainer in Success for All Reading Roots for Edison Schools. She is a founding teacher, having taught 1st grade for 3 years at E.L. Haynes.

Jane T. Gang, Inclusion Teacher, grades PS-2, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008.  She resides in Bethesda, MD, but is originally from Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining E.L. Haynes, she taught in D.C. Public Schools at West Elementary School, serving as Special Education Teacher and Special Education Coordinator.  She has a B.A. in mathematics from Boston University and an M.A. in Special Education, K-12, from George Washington University. 

Tyhasha Garner-Wright, Year Round Programs Site Manager, After serving several years in the United States Army, Ty developed a passion for education through volunteering at local elementary schools in Austin, Texas. She began her teaching career with the Teachers Next Door Program of the Maryland State Department of Education. For the past 11 years she was a classroom teacher, Student Support Manager, and Assistant Principal in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has a B.A. in Government from Huston-Tillotson University, and an MBA and an M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership--both from Southeastern University.

Hannah Giles, 3rd Grade Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2009. For the past three years Ms. Giles has been a first grade teacher at a public charter school in Northeast DC. She also has experience as a modern dancer and choreographer, a farmer and international development educator, and a microbiology researcher. Ms. Giles grew up in Chatham, NY, earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MA in Elementary Education from American University.

Joe Golub, Pre-K Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2007. Mr. Golub was born and raised in Washington, DC. He studied History and Education at the University of California at Berkeley and, upon graduating in May 2007, returned to DC to embark on a career in education. Mr. Golub is a graduate of the Capital Teaching Residency Program.

Naina Gonsalves, Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher, joined the staff July 2011. She spent the past three years teaching 6th grade social studies in South Texas with Teach for America. Originally from Ohio, Naina holds a BA in Political Science/International Studies from Denison University.

Seth Gorenstein, Fifth Grade Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in July 2011. Originally from Massachusetts, Seth taught elementary school for two years in Baton Rouge, LA as a Teach for America Corps Member. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science form Drew University where he was Editor in Chief of his campus newspaper. He loves to travel and has lived in or visited London, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Israel.

Julie Anne Green, Chief Marketing and Development Officer,  15 years of nonprofit management experience, encompassing a variety of work including development, marketing, public relations, and volunteer management. Prior to joining the E.L. Haynes team, Ms. Green was Director of Development for George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has also worked with Virginia Opera, The Washington Opera, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Green is a member of the Board of Directors for Theater of the First Amendment, the resident professional theater company of George Mason University, and AFYP: Stages, which creates and presents plays for audiences of all ages using young actors. A native of North Adams, Massachusetts, Ms. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Mount Holyoke College.

Alvin Greene, Teaching Aide, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008.

Patrice Griffin, Facility Project Manager, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in March 2005. Ms. Griffin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, with a concentration in News and Public Affairs, from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia and a Masters in Business Administration from Trinity University. Prior to joining our team she was the Subrogation Supervisor for the Southern Maryland region of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Carla Grinnell, Inclusion Teacher, joined E.L. Haynes staff in September 2008 and worked in the Extended Day Program and then as a Teaching Associate. She also worked as a 5th grade Math and Science Substitute. She was born in Baltimore, MD but she likes to say that she is a "native" of the world having been raised in an Army family. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Ms. Grinell is a graduate of the Capital Teaching Residency Program.

Giulianni Hardy-Gerena, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes team in July 2010. He studied music at Stony Brook University and at L’Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, by a high school Spanish teacher, he quickly developed a passion for education and is thrilled to develop his teaching skills at E.L. Haynes.

Randy Harper, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes team in August 2010.  Before he came to E.L. Haynes, Mr. Harper was a Group Leader for the Carrera Trust Program at the Arts and Technology Academy in NE, Washington, DC, where he worked with fifth through seventh graders in the Family Life and Sexuality Education and Power Group components.  Mr. Harper studied Mathematics at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.  He is a native Washingtonian.

Rabiah Harris, 7th and 8th Grade Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2009. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Howard University and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education from University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Harris LOVES SCIENCE and previously taught for three years in DCPS. Most recently she taught as a founding teacher at New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics Academy in New Orleans, LA.

Tarek Hbeichi, Inclusion Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2008. He recently completed the Capital Teaching Residency Program, 2009-2010 cohort. Before joining E.L. Haynes, he served as a youth counselor and facilitator at an international summer camp for youth from conflict zones (Iraq, Israel/Palestine, etc). Mr. Hbeichi also worked for Sister Cities International as a program assistant for the Youth & Education Department. He graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Government & International Politics

Caroline Hill, High School Principal, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2010 as the Founding High School Principal. She has 7 years of experience as an administrator and science teacher. Prior to teaching, Hill worked as a management consultant for Accenture. Ms. Hill's transition to the education profession was non-traditional. After graduating from the University of Virginia with Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, she worked as a management consultant for Accenture. She balanced her work in the private sector by volunteering at schools and urban communities in Washington, DC and Baltimore City. Recognizing the crimes committed to children in name of public education, Hill left the private sector to become a science teacher. After 7 years of working as a teacher and administrator in DC public and charter schools, Hill joined E.L. Haynes leadership team. She believes that the achievement gap can be closed with a commitment to rigorous instruction, relevant curriculum, and parental involvement. Hill holds a Masters of Education in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University and Masters of Administration from Trinity University of Washington, DC.

Julie Holt, Inclusion Coordinator, joined E.L. Haynes in February 2012. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Julie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in english from Boston University and then worked in the fields of violence and substance abuse prevention as well as out of school time. After obtaining her Masters of Education in risk and prevention from Harvard University, Julie moved to Washington DC where she worked with DC Public Schools managing the Section 504 program and working on student behavior policies and procedures. She is thrilled to joined the EL Haynes team.

Beth Hood, Director of Social Work Services, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2009. She has more than 15 years experience as a bilingual clinical school social worker for children and adolescents with the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health and with DCPS.    Ms. Hood also has had several years experience working as a coordinator of programs for newcomer immigrants with DCPS’s Office of Bilingual Education.  Ms. Hood received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. She has a 7th grader at Silver Spring International Middle School and a 9th grader at Northwood High School. 

Kate Hubbard, Director of Teacher Development, has a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the College of Arts and Science in Burlington, Vermont. She has 3 years of experience working with Special Education students; and came to E.L. Haynes from Belvedere Elementary School, in Fairfax County. She has a Louisiana teaching certificate in Mild/Moderate Disabilities and a Virginia teaching certificate in Learning Disabilities/Retardation for grades K-12.

Laurel Hyche, Kindergarten Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in August 2008.  Prior to joining the Haynes team, she substitute taught in a variety of grades in Gulfport, Mississippi and Baltimore, Maryland.  She also has 5 years experience working with the YMCA.  She has a B.A. in Psychology and an Elementary Teaching Certificate from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Amanda Ingram, Inclusion Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2007. Prior to coming to E. L. Haynes, Amanda was a Teach for America 05' corps member in Oakland, California where she taught middle school. After moving to DC, Amanda earned her master's degree in special education at Catholic University. Amanda also holds a degree in psychology from the University of Arizona.

Samone Jackson, Child Care Subsidy Manager, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2008. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of education, the last 5 serving as principal of St. Joseph of the Holy Family Elementary School in Harlem, New York. Before relocating to the Maryland/DC area, Ms. Jackson served as an adult educator at Medgar Evers College where reading was her area of concentration.  Ms. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from St. John’s University and a Master degree in Remedial Reading from the City University of New York.

Eric Jones, High School Math Teacher, joined the E.L.Haynes team in July 2011. Eric spent the past few years teaching at a DC middle school. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from American University in 2010. Originally from Chicago, IL, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2007.

Tanisha D. Jones, 1st Grade Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in August 2004 as a 1st Grade Teaching Fellow. Prior to joining E.L. Haynes she spent 5 years doing administrative and Human Resources work in Corporate America. A native of Washington, DC and DC Public Schools, Mrs. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the Ohio State University and a Master’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education from American University.

Kate Kairies, High School English Teacher, began her teaching career in 2007 when she joined DC Public Schools through the DC Teaching Fellows Program. First, she taught 8th grade English and ESL at Lincoln Multicultural Middle School. After Lincoln, Ms. Kairies moved into high school teaching English and journalism at Bell Multicultural High School. Kate earned her M.A. in teaching from American University in 2009. Prior to becoming a teacher, Kate worked as a journalist in the DC area, working for CNN International and the Asahi Shimbun Japanese newspaper. Kate holds a M.A. in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). When she is not teaching, Kate loves to play with photography, painting, cruise around town on her bike, cook and spend time with friends.

Krystiana Kaminski, Capital Teaching Resident, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008.

Joesph Kotarski, AP World History Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in September 2011. Originally from Michigan, Joseph has taught in the U.K. and the United Arab Emirates for 6 years. He holds a Master's degree from the British University in international school management and policy, where he presented his dissertation work at a United Nationals Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) research forum in the UAE. He is honored to be part of the E.L. Haynes learning community.

Katharine Landfield, School Social Worker, Kansas Avenue Campus, has been a social worker since 1993. She has worked primarily as a school social worker since then, but also has worked on HIV and women's health projects and taught social work/counseling to Turkish and Vietnamese counselors while living overseas. She has a Bachelor's of Art in Religion from Amherst College and a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University.

Jamie Lewis, Reading Coach, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2011. She has seven years of experience teaching in Chicago public and charter schools. Prior to teaching in the classroom, she played professional basketball, coached women's basketball (and other sports), and was an athletic director. A native of Chicago, Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelor's of Art degree from DePaul University in Liberal Arts And Sciences and minor in Communication. After her studies, she enrolled in a teacher's certification program at Chicago State University. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's in Secondary English at University Of Maryland University College.

Kate Linneman, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in 2007. During her time at Haynes, Ms. Linneman has taught 4th Grade, 6th Grade, and English Language Learners. She is very excited to be a part of launching the Middle School Social Studies Program. Before coming to Haynes, Ms. Linneman taught elementary and middle school English as a Second Language in Brooklyn, NY, as a Teach for America corps member. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Linneman holds a dual Bachelor's of Art degree in Ethnic Studies and Communications from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master's of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages from Pace University.

Myron Long, NLNS Resident Principal, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2011 as the New Leaders for New Schools Resident Principal. Mr. Long is proud to be born and raised in Washington DC. For the past four years, Mr. Long taught history at KIPP DC: Aim Academy. Mr. Long graduated from Morgan State University with a B.A. in philosophy and political science. In addition, he graduated from American University with a M.A. in philosophy.

David Lopez, Family Communications Specialist, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in April 2011. He has worked in a variety of roles in education, including as an intern at an education consulting firm, serving as a Corp member at City Year Los Angeles, and as a peer tutor in high school and college. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in psychology. He lived his entire life in California before moving to DC in January 2011.

Meredith MacAskill, Speech-Language Pathologist, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She loves working with children and has experience in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, private practice, and early intervention.

Emily Machado, First Grade Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in July 2011. Emily began her teaching career with Teach for America, where she taught English Language Learners in DC Public Schools. Most recently, Emily worked with Teach for China to design pre-service teacher training for English as a foreign language. She has a Bachelor Degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Teaching ESOL from American University.

Laura Magnuson, Reading Intervention Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in July 2011. Laura began her teaching career with Teach for America and taught Inclusion Math and Reading as a founding staff member of Friendship Tech Prep in Washington, DC. Originally from Greensburg, PA, Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from St. Vincent College. She is currently a graduate student at George Mason University working on a Master in Special Education with a Reading Specialist Certificate.

Coretta Martin, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2007 working in the Extended Day Program. Prior to joining the E.L. Haynes team, she did a variety of work with D.C. youth through programming such as the Horizons Club, KidPower DC, and FLY- Facilitating Leadership in Youth. She has a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University and is currently working towards her Masters from the University of Southern California. She is a native of York, Pennsylvania.

Holly McBride, 7th Grade Inclusion Teacher, joined E.L. Haynes in 2011. Ms. McBride holds a B.S. in speech pathology from Ithaca College and a M.A. in deaf education with a specialization in multiple disabilities from Gallaudet University. She has worked in various settings and locations as a special educator starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya. Most recently, Ms. McBride has worked as a teacher of the deaf in Washington, DC.

Gshermaine McMillan, Operations Manager, Kansas Avenue Campus, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010. She brings more than 13 years of experience in Operations Management from several diverse corporate environments.  Prior to Mrs. McMillan joining the Haynes team she worked for Partnership for Prevention (PfP) serving as the Director of Human Resources and Administration. She’s worked closely with several highly recognized decision makers across the country within the public health arena serving as a vital member of the search committees.  Mrs. McMillan is known for her focused work ethic and inclusive team building approach.  During her tenure with PfP she developed numerous policies pertaining to operational development, community initiatives and human resources strategies that are still being used today. For many years before that she also worked with a nationally known law firm, Schwaninger & Associates serving as the lead for its Small Business in Telecommunication Association.  She organized large events for members across the country along with heading its membership development department.  She is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and proud to be a daughter of a dedicated military solider (retired).

JT Miller, High School Physics Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2011. Previously he taught physics in Middleville, MI and Walpole, MA for eight years. He believes that physics is all around us and knows no other professional home than the classroom. Mr. Miller is an active member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and Global Physics Department. In addition to teaching in a traditional educational setting, Mr. Miller has worked extensively with youth in experiential educational environments. As a yearlong volunteer in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Miller taught life skills to at-risk youth. Over the course of five summers, he worked at Catalina Island Marine Institute where he introduced students to marine life first hand through snorkeling, sailing, and interactive aquarium labs. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Gettysburg College and a Master of Arts in teaching from Tufts University.

Premila Mistry, Music Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2008.  She has taught in Washington DC for 13 years, including teaching music for 10 of those years.  Prior to coming to E.L. Haynes, Ms. Mistry has taught at Washington International School, Murch Elementary School (DCPS), and Rock Creek International School.  Ms. Mistry's choirs have given performances all over the DC area, including the White House, GW Lisner Auditorium, Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage, and various other venues.  Born in Bombay, India, and a native of Ithaca, New York, Ms. Mistry holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Music from Wells College.

Bethany Molitor, Operations Manager, Georgia Avenue Campus, graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA in Marketing in 2003. She joined the E.L. Haynes office staff in January of 2005 and is currently the Operations Manager.

Michelle Molitor, Principal, Pre-K - Second Grade, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Central Michigan University, with a concentration in both the sciences and language arts. Prior to joining E.L. Haynes, she spent five years teaching in the Fairfax County Public School system as both an elementary school teacher and a middle school science teacher. Ms. Molitor has also served as an Education Coordinator aboard The Freedom Schooner Amistad and has done humanitarian educational travel with People to People Student Ambassadors and international groups. She is a founding staff member. She was a member of New Leaders for New Schools' 2008 principal corps.

Alexandria Monroe, Capital Teaching Resident, joined the E.L. Haynes community in July 2011. Ms. Monroe's previous teaching experience includes serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in their Jumpstart program and four years of tutoring in the George B. Thomas Learning Academy. Alex is a native of Silver Spring, MD and attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she majored in Child Development.

Emily Montgomery, Director of Early Childhood Programs/Behavior Analyst, graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and has a Master's degree in Special Education from American University. For the past few years, Ms. Mongomery has worked at E.L. Haynes as the Director of Early Childhood Programs. Before joining the E.L. Haynes staff, Ms. Montgomery spent three years as the Special Education Coordinator and Assistant Director at St. Columba's Nursery School. She taught 4 through 11 year olds at the Lab School of Washington, The Lourie Center School, and The Kingsbury Day School.

Barrie Moorman, AP World History Teacher, joined the staff of E.L. Haynes in July 2011. Previously, she taught Humanities and World History at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington DC, where she was a founding teacher at the Upper School campus. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at the University of Virginia and her Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. She has facilitated workshops on race and equity in education at schools and youth development organizations in the region; she also works with Maryland Leadership Workshops, Inc. to develop young leaders.

Jennifer Niles, Founder and Head of School. Jennie Niles is the Founder of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School.  E.L. Haynes’ mission is for every one of its students to reach high levels of academic achievement and be prepared to succeed at the college of his or her choice.  In April 2008, E.L. Haynes was chosen from DC’s 56 charter schools as the recipient of Fight for Children’s first-ever Quality Schools Initiative award.  The school was ranked 6th among a consortium of 99 charter schools nationwide and, as such, was also the winner of a Silver-Gain Award from New Leaders for New Schools’ Effective Practice Incentive Community grant program. In June 2003, Ms. Niles finished her fellowship with New Leaders for New Schools, an intensive, year-long program to prepare urban principals. New American Schools sponsored Ms. Niles through her fellowship, supported the development of the charter application, and housed the start-up of the school. Prior to New Leaders, Ms. Niles was the Director of Education Initiatives at The Ball Foundation of Glen Ellyn, IL, an operating foundation that partners with school districts to increase student achievement through systemic reform. Before that, Ms. Niles headed the Charter School Office for the Connecticut State Department of Education where she oversaw all aspects of the charter school program and led a multi-disciplinary team to create the accountability system. Ms. Niles also taught middle school and high school science and directed service learning programs at schools in California and Massachusetts. Ms. Niles holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management, and a Masters of Science in Public Administration with a focus on Educational Administration from Trinity University (DC).

Becky Nolin, 1st Grade Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2007. Before coming the E.L. Haynes, Ms. Nolin was an intern at The Philanthropy Roundtable, a non-profit group in DC organized to help donors achieve dramatic improvements in K-12 education. She graduated from Davidson College in 2006 with a BA in Political Science, with a concentration in East Asian Studies.

Kate Noonan, 5th Grade Teacher, Kate Noonan joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010 as a 5th Grade Science and Writing teacher. Previously, she taught middle-school reading and science for six years in Chicago, IL. In 2008, she was a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. Noonan received a Master of Science in Education from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College. She currently teaches 5th Grade Reading and Writing.

Amy O'Connor, Inclusion Teacher, joined E.L. Haynes in June of 2011. Prior to joining the Haynes team, Amy worked as an ABA therapist for children with autism and other disabilities and post-institutionalized children. Before doing home therapy, Amy worked for five years in a Fairfax County elementary school; three years as a K-6 special education teacher and two years as a lead special education preschool teacher. Her first teaching experience was for DCPS where she spent a year teaching in an ED center for junior high aged students. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in history and art, an Master of Arts in early childhood special education from The George Washington University, and a Graduate Certificate in applied behavior analysis from George Mason University.

Kenli Okada, High School Operations Manager, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in June 2011. Originally from New Mexico, he taught ninth and tenth grade Math and Physics in Kenya as a Peace Corps Volunteer. While obtaining his Masters of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management, Kenli developed a passion for using business techniques to help develop great schools. He also earned a Bachelors of Science in Math and Physics from Brown University. 

Samuel Page, State and Federal Programs Associate, joined the E. L. Haynes staff July 2010 as the Planning, Policy and Finance Fellow for Year Round Progarms. Born in New York City, he graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in History. In 2010, he taught math at a middle school in East Harlem and wrote his senior college thesis on the establishment of the first system of national health insurance in Britain.

Silvestre Paniagua, Maintenance, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2009.

Cat Peretti, Director of SchoolForce, joined the E.L. Haynes team in 2011. Previosuly, Cat worked for three years with the U.S. Department of Education's Risk Management Service where she completed her Presidential Management Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Emory University. Cat enjoys volunteering as a tutor and cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.

Sarah Pessagno, 2nd Grade Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008.  She worked in the Baltimore Public School System teaching second grade for two years before moving to DC to join the Haynes staff.  She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Spanish.  She also holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. 

Meaghan Petersack, 4th Grade Literacy Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University in 2008. Meaghan joined Teach For America after college and spent three years as an early childhood teacher in the DC area. In 2010, she earned a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University. Meaghan is currently serving a four-year term on the Princeton University Board of Trustees.

Michelle Petrotta, Capital Teaching Resident, joined the E.L. Haynes team in July 2011. In the past, she worked with non-profit organizations in the United States, Latin America, and Southeast Asia on human rights policy advocacy. Ms. Petrotta has several years experience volunteering with youth in after school programs. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and anthropology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Towana Pierre-Floyd, Principal, grades 3-8, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2009 as a New Leaders for New Schools Principal Fellow. Ms. Pierre-Floyd began her teaching career with both Teach for America and KIPP, serving as a founding teacher at New Orleans West, a charter school in Houston, Texas.  She later relocated to New Orleans where she served as the founding 5th-8th Social Studies teacher at Mc Donogh 15.  Most recently, she served as the Dean of Culture at KIPP Mc Donogh 15.  Ms. Pierre-Floyd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Philosophy from Howard University.

Richard Pohlman, Director of Policy, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2011. Prior to joining the E.L. Haynes team, Richard served as the Director for the District of Columbia's Race to the Top program and Attorney Advisor to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Richard is a former classroom teacher and was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education. A native of Indiana, he currently lives in the District of Columbia with his wife and two year old daughter.

Alexander Porcelli, Arabic Teacher, Middle School and High School, joined E.L. Haynes in 2011 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation International and Washingtion Latin Public Charter School. He also teaches Arabic at Washington Latin and works part time with international visitors through the State Department. Mr. Porcelli (Ustaaz Porcelli in Arabic) lived in Tunisia and the Sultanate of Oman while he studied Arabic in 2008-2009. He graduated in 2010 from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Arabic.

Pam Prue, Leadership Coach, joined the staff in 2011. Previously, Pam served as a Leadership Coach for four years with the DC Team of New Leaders for New Schools where she provided coaching support to Resident and first-year principals, including Ms. Michelle Molitor and Mrs. Towana Pierre-Floyd as they developed and implemented personal leadership and school entry plans based on an assessment of their schools' practices in the areas of teaching and learning, aligned staff, school culture, and management and operations. Prior to joining New Leaders for New Schools, Pam worked with the Montgomery County Public Schools in a variety of capacities that culminated in her service as an elementary school principal and Director of Early Childhood Programs and Services. Pam earned a B.A. in elementary education from Howard University, a master's degree in reading from the University of Maryland, and received the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.

Rosenda Reyes, Food Manager and Facility Assistant, joined E.L. Haynes in August 2007. She was born in Washington, DC but was raised in El Salvador.  She has been living in DC for fifteen years.  Ms. Reyes has been in the food service industry for 3-4 years.  She has two beautiful children.

Adrianna Riccio, 6th Grade Inclusion Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2011. Adrianna is a Philadelphia native, but has lived several places since then. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree in special education and elementary education with a minor in deaf studies. After graduation, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA where she taught students with emotional disturbance in a partial hospital program for 1.5 years. In 2010, she relocated to the DC area to teach students with severe disabilities and the deaf and hard of hearing. She is currently pursuing a graduate program in literacy at Trinity Washington University and will graduate in May, 2012.

Marcus Richardson, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010.

Paul Robinson, PS/PK Teaching Aide, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2005. Mr. Robinson attended the University of Maryland where he studied music, playing bass in the orchestra. In addition to being a staff member at E.L. Haynes, he is also the proud father of four of students.

Francine Rosario, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes team in July 2010. Ms. Rosario was born and raised in New York City. Before coming to E.L. Haynes, Ms. Rosario lived in Tampa FL where she attended school. After graduating college she was a Healthcare Recruiter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University.

Tadina Ross, Spanish Teacher, grades pre-K-2, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010. She started teaching through the program Teach for America. She studied Spanish in Madrid, Spain at the Universidad San Paulo. A native of Washington, DC she received her bachelors in from Duke Univeristy and her masters from American University.

Emily Rossmaessler, Sixth Grade Science Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July, 2011. Emily hails from Swartz Creek, Michigan. Prior to E.L. Haynes, she taught 5th grade as a Teach for America corps member for three years in Prince George's County, Maryland. Emily studied Exercise Science at Southern Nazarene University while on scholarship for cross country and track. Currently, she is working on a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction at George Mason University.

Michelle Rush, English Language Learning Coordinator, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008.  For the past two years Ms. Rush has been an ELL teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. Prior to that, she worked as an advocate for the DC Coalition against Domestic Violence. Ms. Rush is a co-founder of Girls Rock! DC, a rock music camp for girls. She enjoys playing music and has written music for theater. Ms. Rush holds a B.A. from Kent State University and a Masters in Education from Marymount University.

Lindy Russell-Heymann, Art Teacher, grades 3-8, joined the E.L. Haynes Community as the art teacher in 2007. A midwestern transplant, Lindy originally moved to DC to work for several local theater companies as a costume designer and wardrobe manager, including Signature Theatre, the Washington Opera, and the Washington Revels. She then taught 5th grade in the PG County Public School System, and Visual Art at the Arts and Technology Public Charter School before coming to Haynes. Lindy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in costume design from DePaul University, and holds a master's degree in Art Education from Ohio State University.

Robert Sapp, Behavior and Culture Coordinator, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2006. Mr. Sapp has worked at E.L. Haynes for two years. He joined the school working in the Extended Day program, then as a teaching fellow. Prior to E.L. Haynes, he worked in the non-profit assisting on grant work, and working with at risk youth. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.

Kara Schoo, Reading Inclusion Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010. She has experience working in high school setting in Washington, D.C. where she has taught World Literature, Geometry, and Chemistry. She has international education experience through working with middle school students in South Africa and Namibia. A native of Frederick, Maryland, Ms. Schoo holds a Masters of Special Education degree from George Mason University and a Bachelors of Arts degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Public Policy and Psychology.

Ty'ease SetepenRa, Family Engagement and Community Outreach Coordinator, joined E.L. Haynes staff in January 2011. Prior to E.L. Haynes, she volunteered teaching creative arts with DC Autistic Parents (DCAP), Our-Kids Room, and Kids in Culture Camp at Howard University. She also served as the creative art director of Cre8ive Stars with Hadiah's Holistic Haven, L.L.C. Ty'ease is an advocate for children with special needs. In addition to being a staff member, she is a proud parent of three students. Ty'ease holds a degree in psychology from Virginia State University.

Lisa Seigel, Resource Room Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2011. She taught for five years in the New York City public school system and moved to the D.C. area in 2010. A "citizen of the world," Ms. Seigel has lived on four continents and visited six. Ms. Seigel earned her bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, and her master's degree (in general and special education) from Bank Street College of Education in New York. She is committed to public education because of its role in helping to support and develop strong communities.

Andrea Smith, Sixth Grade Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in November, 2008.  She has nine years of experience teaching in Washington, D.C. public and charter schools.  Prior to teaching in the classroom, she worked as a Legislative Research Assistant for the Education Trust, an advocacy organization committed to the high academic achievement of all students.  A native of Fostoria, Ohio, Ms. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in political science and history.  She earned a master’s degree in education from Trinity College.

Tara Smith, Wilson Reading Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010.  Prior to joining the team, Ms. Smith taught 4th and 5th grade students with special needs at Wheatley Education Campus (DCPS). Ms. Smith is an alumni of DC Teaching Fellows.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University.  A native of Northern New York, Ms. Smith has lived in Washington, DC for the last six years. 

Margaret Snow, Manager of Human Capital, joined E.L. Haynes in November 2010 transitioning from managing USAID international education projects in Senegal, W. Africa, to urban education reform here at E.L. Haynes.  Prior to coming to E.L. Haynes, Ms. Snow taught English in a public high school in France and worked seven years in the private sector in San Francisco.  Ms. Snow is a proud UC Davis Aggie, holding a Masters in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford, UK, where she is published in the status and credentialing of teachers in California and abroad. 

Kiara Social, Capital Teaching Resident, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2011. She is a native of Rockland, New York and a 2011 graduate of Howard University, where she earned her Bachelor's of Science in psychology. Before joining the Haynes 5th grade team, she had many opportunities to interact with the youth of DC through programs such as America's Promise, Americorps Heads Up, Horton's Kids and The Right Prep. Ms. Social also enjoys volunteering in the Cultural Socialization Lab at Howard University where they examine the impact of cultural factors on psychosocial development among youth from various ethnic groups.

Will Stafford, High School Mathematics Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes team in 2011. Mr. Stafford previously taught math at Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, DC. He has a Master's in Secondary Education from American University and a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from Haverford College. He is also a Teach for America alumn.

Aaron Stallworth, Year Round Programs Site Manager/College Counselor, joined the E. L. Haynes staff in 2011. Aaron began working with teens in Washington, DC in 1999. He has served as an Algebra Teacher, Summer Program Director, Academic Dean and Clinical Counselor. Aaron, is originally from East Texas and holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Alabama A&M University and a master's degree in psychology in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Aaron lives in LeDroit Park with his wife, Danielle and daughter, Harper.

Matt Stephens, 7th Grade Humanities Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010. He has taught middle school English for five years in Los Angeles, CA. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. Stephens holds Bachelor's of Art degrees in English and Psychology from Occidental College and a teaching credential from UCLA. He is also a Teach for America alum.

Teri Stokes, Social Worker, grades 3-8, is a native New Yorker with many years experience working as a Social Worker in the Washington DC area. She has focused in the area of grief and loss and play therapy with traumatized children. Prior to joining the EL Haynes team, Mrs. Johnson Stokes was an administrator for the Department of Mental Health School Base Program. She has an undergraduate degree in English and Theatre and obtained her Masters in Social Work degree at State University of New York at Albany.

Romaine Stover, High School Assistant Principal, joined the staff of the new E. L. Haynes High School in 2011. Ms. Stover, a native Washingtonian, began her teaching career in 1998 with DC Public Schools, teaching across the curriculum in elementary and middle school grades. She became a teacher mentor with DCPS in 2006, where she mentored new teachers on best practices and instructional strategies. She received her B.S. from Towson University and her M.Ed. in Supervision and Administration from Bowie University. Ms. Stover is also an E.L. Haynes founding parent of Julian, Jordan and Starr.

Judith Stroman, Art Teacher, grades pre-k-2, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in August 2010.   She has over fifteen years of teaching experience.   Prior to working at E.L Haynes, Judith taught pre-kindergarten thru eighth grade visual arts at Capital City Public Charter School for six years.   She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester New York.

Seshmi Taylor, Capital Teaching Resident, joined the staff in 2010 as an AmeriCorps member for the 2nd grade class. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she volunteered much of her time to various organizations including University Public Charter School in the West End of Atlanta. After receiving a B.A. in sociology, Seshmi moved back to her hometown of Washington, D.C. where she began her career in early childhood education.

Yasmine Taylor Hart, Individual Giving Manager, joined E.L. Haynes in the fall of 2009. She has taught as a math and science teacher in New York City, Philadelphia, and most recently Washington, DC. Prior to coming to E.L. Haynes, she was a technology trainer, and a community relations manager. A native New Yorker, Yasmine holds a B.A. in economics from Clark Atlanta University and a masterís degree in education from Fordham University.

Salvador Torres, Enrollment and Attendance Coordinator, joined the E.L. Haynes team in May 2011. As a son of former migrant workers and first in his family to graduate from college, he has dedicated his life to education.  He has more than ten years of experience in the areas of K-12 and higher education (community college and university).  Mr. Torres' work has focused on enrollment, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, recruitment, project management, partnership development, research & grants, and implementation of initiatives.  He has worked for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's ENLACE Project (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) to increase the graduation rates of Latino students from high school and college.  Additionally, Mr. Torres participated and presented in many national conferences including ACE (American Council on Education) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACADA).  Originally from Matehuala, Mexico, Mr. Torres lived 29 years in the Tampa Bay Area in Florida.  He holds a B.A.in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies from the University of South Florida. 

Ricardo Troncoso-Ramirez, Education Technology and Systems Coordinator, Ricardo has over eleven years in the education field. Previous to E.L. Haynes, Ricardo supported the educational technology and support infrastructure at Washington DC's SEED Public Charter School. Ricardo has a degree in Management Engineering from the National University of Colombia and earned his Master in Education, with a focus on educational technology leadership, from The George Washington University.

Michele Trombley, Kindergarten Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2008 working in the Extended Day Program. She spent two years working with 1st grade, first as a Teaching Associate and then as a Capital Teaching Resident. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Trombley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Cincinnati.

Tammy Tuck, Director of Data and Assessment, was an
E.L. Haynes founding teacher who taught 2nd grade for the school's first four years. Prior to teaching at E.L. Haynes, she was at Ruth K. Webb Elementary School in Northeast D.C. for 3 years where she also served as a Teach for America corps member. She holds a Master of Arts in teaching from American University and a B.S. in social policy with specialization in educational policy and a minor in Japanese language and culture from Northwestern University. Ms. Tuck is a National Board Certified Teacher and is certified in the District of Columbia in elementary education.

Jay Tucker, 3rd Grade Math and Science Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in 2009.  Prior to E.L. Haynes, Jay worked for the District of Columbia Public Schools as the Summer School Project Coordinator.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance – Real Estate from Indiana University. 

Michelle Tyler, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010.

Vaughn Stanley, AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined E.L. Haynes in 2011. He has worked with youth ranging from ages 7 to 16 for the past 5 years across a variety of programs. Vaughn graduated from Woodrow Wilson SHS and holds a B.S. in psychology with an emphesis on child development from Penn State University. Vaughn was born and raised in Washington DC and hopes to be a positive role model for the youth at E.L. Haynes.

Jony Villatoro, PS/PK Teaching Aide, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010. He is currently pursuing a degree in early childhood education. Prior to coming to E.L. Haynes, he worked at the World Bank for four years as a Junior Assistant in the loan department. He is originally from El Salvador and speaks Spanish as his native language in addition to English.

Brittany Wagner-Friel, Inclusion Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in March 2007 has been at E.L. Haynes since March 2007. Originally from Vermont, she came to E.L.Haynes by way of Oaxaca, Mexico where she lived and worked after college. She has spent years working with children with cerebral palsy and serious hearing impairments. She received her Masters in Special Education from Catholic University and holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Vermont in Political Science.

Tammy Weems, Director of Year Round Programs, returned to the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and 5 years of Education Administration experience. Prior to joining E.L. Haynes, Mrs. Weems was a principal with District of Columbia Public Schools. She also worked as the Resident Principal at E.L. Haynes in 2005 and taught for 10 years in NC, MD, & DC. Mrs. Weems holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Johnson C. Smith University and a Masters in Administration Supervision from Trinity University.

Sophia Wells, Math Intervention Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in October 2008 the 6th grade math and science Teaching Associate. She began her teaching career in her hometown of Pine Bluff, AR, where she taught Middle School Language Arts and Reading. She holds a B.A. in English from Tuskegee University.

Eric Westendorf, Entrepreneur In Residence, recently transitioned from Chief Academic Officer to E.L. Haynes Entrepreneur In Residence and Founder of Learn Zillion. Mr. Westendorf is a New Leaders for New Schools graduate. Prior to becoming an administrator, Eric taught for seven years in North Carolina, New York, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and founded a non-profit focused on developing teacher leadership. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy from Princeton University, a Masters in Teaching from Brown University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University.

Kyna Williams, Assistant Principal, grades pre-k-2, joined the E. L. Haynes staff in 2010. Originally from South Dakota, she holds a bachelors degree in Music from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Most recently Kyna was residing on the island of Oahu where she was teaching 6th grade and finishing a Masters in Education from Chaminade University.

Tuere Williams, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Georgetown University and Southeastern University. She has 3 years of experience working in childcare. She is a founding Teaching Fellow.

Eugene Yarbrough, Athletics Coordinator and Fitness and Health Teacher, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2008. Born in New York City, he has more than 7 years of experience in physical fitness and health, and supporting children identified with learning disabilities in the surrounding metropolitan area of the District of Columbia. Mr. Yarbrough Co-founded the mentoring group, Boys to Men, for assisting adolescents with transitioning into young adulthood. Proir to joining the E.L. Haynes team, Mr. Yarbrough was Director of M.O.M.I.E.'s TLC (Mentors of Minorities in Education), an organization which has a focus on tapping into the genius of a child at early developmental stages. Mr. Yarbrough received his college training at Montgomery College, and Bachelor of Arts degree in psycholgy from Catholic University of Washington, D.C.

RíKheim Y'mius Young , AmeriCorps Extended Day Leader, joined the E.L. Haynes family in September 2008. He has been tutoring, mentoring, coaching, and teaching youth in the D.C. community for the past 5 years. Before coming to E.L. Haynes, Mr. Young (more often known as Mr. Roc) worked at YMCA Calomiris and coached step teams at several churches in the area. During the last school year at E.L. Haynes, Mr. Roc coached both the newly formed ELH Stomp step team and ROBOMOTION Lego League team. A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, Mr. Roc studied Communications and Culture with an emphasis on speech at Howard University.

Jenn Zapor, Speech Language Pathologist, joined the E.L. Haynes staff in July 2010. Originally from Rockville, Maryland, Ms. Zapor previously worked at Riverside Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia for three years. Ms. Zapor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Master of Arts from The George Washington University in Speech Pathology.

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