Our RBHS Monarchs Teachers and Staff
Meet our RBHS Teachers & Staff.
English Language Arts (ELA) Department
Stephanie Johnson (9th Grade)
Ms. Johnson began her career teaching middle school literature in 2006 in South Carolina. After relocating to DC in 2010, she taught English language arts at Eliot Hine Middle School for seven years before joining the Ron Brown community as a ninth grade English teacher. In addition to teaching English, she has held multiple leadership roles at the school and district level. Currently, Ms. Johnson serves as a Teacher Selection Ambassador and District Visions Fellow, developing curriculum for DCPS’s ninth and tenth graders and facilitating professional development for tenth grade teachers. Ms. Johnson believes that we all have the capacity to author our own life stories. Her goal is to equip our Young Kings with the tools they need to be the hero of their life stories.
Sha-Ran Lowe (9th Grade)
Ms. Lowe is an Oakland, California native while the majority of her adolescent years were spent living on the premises of San Quentin State Prison. Her exposure and knowledge of how institutionalized systems work was understood and questioned at an early age. With an eager mind to help change our narratives, she developed a strong sense of identity and a passion to redirect the rhetoric of society's systemic routines. Her awareness to not only ask, but find solutions to the "why's", gave her energy for more as she pursued higher education. Ms. Lowe graduated from the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington, with a Bachelor in Comparative Sociology and Master of Art in Teaching Secondary English Language Arts.
Teresa Lasley (10th Grade)
Ms. Lasley is a native to the DMV and product of Prince George’s County Public Schools. After completing her undergraduate degree at Spelman College with a double major in English and Drama, she followed her passion to connect and to give voice to the lives of the youth by becoming a New York City Teaching Fellow (NYCTF). It was important to Ms. Lasley that her students saw the success of someone who looks like them every day when coming to school. Upon transitioning, back to Washington, DC to work with high school students she continued to learn and to grow in her instructional practices in order to meet the needs of every student she encountered.
Schallette Poteat (10th Grade)
Ms. Poteat, Ed.S., born in Washington, DC and raised in Prince George's County, MD, is a veteran educator with 16 years of experience with learners from six weeks of age to adult. Mrs. Poteat has a Dual BA in English/Liberal Arts and Religion and a minor in Black Studies from The Lincoln University (PA); an MA in Educational Leadership (K-12) from Bowie State University; an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction (K-12) from the University of Phoenix; and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education. Her career in education began in the middle school classroom as an English/Language Arts Teacher with Prince George's County Public Schools in August 2000. Mrs. Poteat believes that any student can learn if given the most valuable resource--a conscious, compassionate, competent, and committed educator.
Lauren McKenzie (11th Grade)
Ms. McKenzie's career started in 2008 at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School. She has been recognized as a Highly Effective and Expert Teacher in Washington, DC and is a part of the Teacher Leadership Initiative Program (TLI) supported by DCPS and Leading Educators. She was selected as a teacher leader to support her peers in the Ninth Grade Academy in writing, Common Core implementation, PARCC test preparation, and culture building. During her career, Ms. McKenzie has also served as Student Government advisor, Assistant Ski Coach, and a Restorative Justice Facilitator. Ms.McKenzie has been trained in over 600 hours of Restorative Justice Workshops and has even held workshops and teacher training for DC Charter Board, Educational Pioneers, and Safe Takoma.
Antynwa Beasley (9th Grade)
Mr. Beasley is a native of Central Virginia, graduating from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Earning a scholarship to play baseball, he quickly learned the importance of being a Student-Athlete, and then everything else became second nature. Upon arriving at Ron Brown HS, Mr. Beasley taught in Prince George's County Public School System for eleven years, teaching various subjects from Intro to Computer, Algebra 1, Integrated Math and Financial Algebra. He has also held positions outside of the traditional classroom ranging from Coordinator of Student Events / Programs and operated the school's Scholastic Book Fair. Mr. Beasley believes that every child has a hidden gifted talent within himself and it is the job of the teacher/coach to bring it out of the student-athlete.
Lorne Simpson (9th Grade)
Mr. Simpson is a native of Los Angeles , CA. He was born and raised in south central Los Angeles and quickly became aware of the trappings of the inner city which lead young black men to prison or the grave. He learned at a young age that with hard work and dedication, you can create opportunities which lead to success! He earned his BA in Psychology from Morehouse College in 1995 and later continued his education, earning a Master in School Counseling from the University of La Verne in 2004. Mr. Simpson has spent the last thirteen years serving in the capacity as a teacher and school counselor to inner city youth.
Deborah Bey (10th Grade)
Bio to come
Kristen Clardy (10th Grade)
Born and raised in Gresham, Oregon, Ms. Clardy attended the University of Oregon. As a high school debater, Ms. Clardy developed a passion for social justice, attended law school at the College of William and Mary and became a criminal defense attorney. After five years of fighting for justice, Ms. Clardy became convinced that education was the most important factor to a person’s lifetime successes. After coaching a debate team for a few years, Ms. Clardy began teaching and coaching debate at Anacostia High School. Ms. Clardy started the rugby program at Anacostia, which made it to the D2 playoffs in two consecutive years. She then transitioned to Ron Brown, where she is excited to be teaching math and coaching football special teams and rugby.
Ashley Kearney (11th Grade)
Ms. Kearney is a proud member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She lives by Luke 12:48 which states, "For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." After reflecting on Mr. Green’s words from her childhood years at Ferebee-Hope Elementary School, Ashley returned home to DC in 2012 to serve her community as a Teach For America DC Region Corps Member. Since then, Ms. Kearney, a now Distinguished Teacher in the district and has documented success through leadership roles in schools and the community. She is a devoted community organizer and advocate for students and families with the most need. Ms. Kearney strives for education liberation for students of color.
William Thomas, IV (9th Grade)
Mr. Thomas has been an educator in Washington, DC for the past fourteen years and received a master’s degree from George Washington University in Middle School Science and BA degree in English from Morehouse College. For over a decade, Mr. Thomas has taught exclusively in DC charter schools. Mr. Thomas was promoted to principal in 2012 and led a Tier 1 elementary school for two years. Recently, he served as the Director of High School Programs for Paul International High School and helped the school in the development of a 21st century international studies program for their first graduating class in 2016. Mr. Thomas is also a student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education working on a doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership.
Leslie Solomon (10th Grade)
Ms. Solomon is an "army brat" raised mostly in the South, however she graduated high school in Hawaii. She completed her education training at University of Virginia with as a Master of Teaching Secondary Science and a Bachelor of Chemistry with a Biology Specialization in 2002. Ms. Solomon has served as a curriculum writer for science all of her years of teaching. She has designed such courses as Forensic Science, Forensic Law, Forensic Psychology, and Scientific & Technical Writing. Ms. Solomon feels privileged and honored to join such an elite, passionate staff as at RBHS. She looks forward to working hard with our Young Kings to prepare them for college and career.
Mary Ingram (11th Grade)
Ms. Ingram found her passion for education through her previous coaching experience. She is excited to bring together her devotion to teaching with her prior work in military medical research in order to create a dynamic and enriching Anatomy & Physiology program here at Ron Brown High School. Her goal is to equip our Young Kings with the tools to navigate and solve puzzles related to the human body and its functions.
Social Studies Department
Lawrence Jackson (9th Grade)
Mr. Jackson hails from Chicago, IL.He earned his B.A Mass Communications from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana and his Master of Education in Secondary Education from Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Jackson has been teaching since 2013 and began his career in education in the Montgomery Public School System. In addition to teaching, Mr. Jackson is also a Published/Pro Street Photographer. He runs two non-profit organizations within the school system:Grandiose Gentlemen-Social & Academic Club for boys and Urban Creators Guild an art initiative for teens 14-18. Mr. Jackson is most excited to see the "awakening moment" of the light bulb flash above the heads of the new Young Kings.
Jade Keith (10th Grade)
Ms. Keith was born in Washington, DC and educated in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, with an Artium Baccalaureus in Africana Studies. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was the recipient of the June Jackson Christmas Prize for Academic Excellence in Africana Studies. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Loyola University Maryland. Ms. Keith spent the past thirteen years as an educator in Prince George’s County Public Schools and counts it a privilege to be part of the Ron Brown family. She believes strongly in the vision and mission of RBHS and is proud to contribute her knowledge and skills to the shaping of Young Kings.
Travis Bouldin (11th Grade)
Mr. Bouldin is an educator and social justice advocate who works with urban youth, preparing them to be scholars and global citizens. Mr. Bouldin believes every young mind can shape his community, nation, and world. Mr. Bouldin started a non-profit, We Are All Incorporated, which provides uncommon experiences to urban students with a focus on changing the narrative about males of color nationally and abroad. This year, Mr. Bouldin will teach Advanced Placement U.S. History, Advanced Placement World History, United States History, and a Physical Education elective. Mr. Bouldin holds a BS in History from Frostburg State University, a M.A.T in Teaching Secondary Social Studies from American University, and a M.Ed in Teacher Leadership.
Inner Core Courses
Kathrine Avila (10th Grade)
Ms. Avila is a native of Trenton, New Jersey and a proud alumna of The College of New Jersey studying International Relations and Photography. Before Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Ms. Avila taught ninth grade reading at Boys Latin in Philadelphia and 9th -12th grade Spanish at Anacostia High School in South East DC. While at Anacostia, she served as the department chair and was responsible for coaching teachers in different content areas including Art, P.E, Media Communication and Music. Throughout her teaching career, she has taken students to Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, Cuba, Peru and the U.S Virgin Islands to both engage in service work and learn about the culture.
Ayanna Muhammad (10-11th Grade)
Mrs. Muhammad is excited to join the RBHS family as the new CTE/ Mass Media teacher. She is a native of Chicago and a proud graduate of Grambling State University with a bachelor's degree in Communications Education. She earned an MA from Columbia College Chicago in Interdisciplinary Art and a Master in Heritage Preservation with a focus in Documentary Filmmaking from Georgia State University. Mrs. Muhammad enjoys traveling the world with her family and friends, watching movies, tacos, and supporting Young Kings in becoming reporters, filmmakers, and media specialists.
Julian Spires (9-11th Grade)
Each summer Mr. Spires participates in DC's SYEP Program creating opportunities and teaching students from all over the city to activate their artistic craft. In the past couple of years, Mr. Spires has served as Musical Director for the summer productions of Bubbling Brown Sugar, Assistant Musical Director of Set It Off The Musical, and Assistant Musical Director of Something To Shout About. He also works with The Campagna Center in Alexandria VA, as a Director for their musical productions. Additionally, Mr. Spires serves on many youth retreats throughout the DMV - ranging from school retreats, youth leadership retreats, to religious retreats. Mr. Spires is also the Pastor of United Tabernacle of Praise in Washington DC [1723 3rd St NE Washington DC].
Matthew Mitchell (9-11th Grade)
Mr. Mitchell was born and raised in the District of Columbia. A product of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system, Mr. Mitchell has stated " It's a pleasure to be an educator in the school system that taught me". Mr. Mitchell received a baseball scholarship to Shaw University, Raleigh N.C., where he obtained a Bachelor of Art in Psychology. After undergraduate school, Mr. Mitchell returned to the Washington, DC area where he began his career in education and served as the Health/Physical education teacher for Ideal Academy. While teaching at Ideal Academy, Mr. Mitchell created a baseball program that won the citywide championship in its first two years. During this time, Mr. Mitchell continued his education at Bowie State University and received a Master of Education-Adlerian focus.
Willie Davis (10-11th Grade)
LTC Davis culminated his 28 years of active federal service by serving as the Director of Logistics for the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. He led a combined staff of over 200 personnel consisting of Army, Navy and civilian personnel. LTC Davis is married and is the proud father of two wonderful sons, now attending college at the United States Coast Guard Academy (Political Science major) and the University of Michigan (College of Engineering), Ann Arbor. LTC Davis looks forward to working with our Young Kings and playing a key role in their future development and successes.
Grant Howard (10-11th Grade)
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Howard a 24-year Army veteran retired from active duty in March 2017 and began working as a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) instructor. SFC Howard also served as Military Police where he specialized in anti-terrorism, logistics and lead corrections, and combat operations during his tour in Afghanistan in 2010. During his service, SFC Howard completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. SFC Howard uses his spare time coaching sports, cooking, boxing, playing flag football and softball. SFC Howard is dedicated to taking his training and life experiences to make an impact on the future of his students by providing real life solutions for everyday challenges and promote success in his students.
Instructional Support Department
Antricia King (9th Grade)
Ms. King is originally from Georgetown, Guyana and she was raised in Silver Spring, MD. She attended undergrad at Texas Southern University, in Houston, Texas as a student-athlete, earning a BA degree in Sociology. Also, Ms. King earned a MA degree in Sociology from UMBC and a MEd(Special Education) from Bowie State University. She has been teaching students with special needs for over thirteen years in non-public, public, and charter schools in Washington, DC. Currently Ms. King lives in Prince George's County, MD with her husband and three sons. As a mother of three boys, this work is extremely critical to her and she believes in the greatness of our “Young Kings.”
Christian Parks (9th Grade)
Mr. Parks is also known as “Master Code Switch”. He attended Eastern Mennonite University. Mr Parks was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He arrives committed to the wisdom of Frederick Douglass, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." He is dedicated to equipping our Young Kings with the functional tools to navigate America as a Scholar of Color. "If all of the world is a stage" as said by William Shakespeare, Mr. Parks is here to prepare the actors.
Cubby Brown (10th Grade)
Mr. Brown is a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business and a Master of Arts in Management and began his teaching career in 2001 at the Community College of Baltimore County. His duties also included working as a Coordinator of Disability Accommodations for disabled students. In 2006, Mr. Brown began teaching in public schools at Annapolis Middle School in Maryland and in 2009 began working in the District of Columbia Public Schools system at Eliot-Hine Middle School.
Dawn Cook (11th Grade)
Dawn Cook is a Washingtonian with 15 years of experience in Education. Her passion for serving inner-city youth is based on her early years as a social worker with the office of Juvenile Justice. Outside of teaching "Young Kings," Mrs. Cook is a Poet and enjoys traveling with her spouse, and planning events for family and friends. As a member of the RBHS Family she hopes to cultivate global citizens who take pride in inquiry and become life long learners.
Lionel Rodgers (11th Grade)
Mr. Rodgers is a certified Special Education teacher and the Head Varsity football coach at Ron Brown High School. His professional expertise is in developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), the implementation of accommodations and modifications for student work. He has also served as an administrator of various academic assessments, vocational assessments, and employment assessments for students with disabilities. Mr. Rodgers attended University of Maryland College Park where he received a BA in Economics and continued his education at George Mason University where he received a M.Ed. in Special Education. Mr. Rodgers is from Washington, DC and has been in education for eight years. Mr. Rodgers desires that all Young Men become agents of change and self-advocates as they matriculate back into society.
Willie Anderson (11th Grade)
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Mr. Anderson is entering his second year as a teacher of specialized instruction at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. Mr. Anderson enjoys establishing positive and healthy relationships with and amongst the Young Kings that will foster life-long learners. He has transitioned from the Ninth Grade Academy to the Eleventh-Grade academy this school year to prepare the Young Kings for their career and occupational aspirations through specialized and instruction and extra-curricula activities. Mr. Anderson looks forward to being a positive and effective influence to and for the Young Kings and fellow staff members so they can re-write and build on a new narrative not only for themselves, but for their community as a whole.
Errin Smith (9-11th Grade))
Mr. Smith is the Special Education Coordinator at Ron Brown Preparatory High School. Mr. Smith attended Hampton University, in Hampton, VA, where he received his BA degree in Psychology in 2009. In 2013, he received his Master in Teacher Leadership degree from the University of Phoenix. He is a native of Conway, Arkansas, and has also lived in the Chicagoland area, Virginia, and Maryland. He has lived and taught in DC for the past eight years. Mr. Smith is a firm believer that educating our young men with the necessary tools needed to be successful in college and adulthood is essential to changing the narrative of our Young Kings in this city.
Speech & Occupational Therapists
Madhura (Tia) Maitra
Ms. Maitra was born in Calcutta, India. When she moved with her family to the United States at the age of three and learned English by experimenting with gibberish with her peers in preschool. Inspired by her adventures in becoming bilingual, she became interested in language development and cultural/linguistic differences. Ms. Maitra completed her master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Since then, Ms. Maitra has worked at various DCPS high schools as a speech-language pathologist. She is passionate about helping students with communication impairments break through communication barriers and become confident members of their classrooms and communities.
Library, Digital Learning & Innovation Department
Kenneth Nero (9-11th Grade)
Mr. Nero, Jr., MLIS is a second generation librarian. Professionally, he has worked in multiple areas of librarianship from shelving and circulation to professional librarianship in both academia and school environments. Mr. Nero attended Montgomery College, in Rockville, MD, where he received an AA in Criminal Justice and continued his education at the University of Maryland, University College and the University of Pittsburgh where he received a BS in Psychology and an MLIS respectively. Mr. Nero also received a certificate in PlantBased Nutrition from Cornell University. He is a native to downtown Silver Spring, MD and has lived in Washington, DC since 2008. Mr. Nero enjoys reading, practicing Brazilian JiuJitsu, and is an active community organizer who, along with others, successfully organized for a library in DC’s jail.
Melanie Wiscount (9-11th Grade)
Dr. Wiscount is in her seventh year teaching in DCPS and has sixteen years teaching experience at middle school, high school, and higher education levels. She earned a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Wilkes University. She is the recipient of the 2015 Presidential Award for Teaching Mathematics and Science teaching computer science and was honored by former President Barack Obama. She is a Master Trainer in the Microsoft Innovative Educator Program and a learning specialist with Digital Scholars, Baltimore. She enjoys riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle and taking road trips. Dr. Wiscount entered the education sector after twenty years in business. Helping Young Kings develop into their best version for their success and happiness is what drives her passion to make a difference.
School Counselors Department
Arman Lakes (9th Grade)
Dr. Lakes is a professional school counselor. His professional specializations have focused on Response to Intervention, College and Career Access, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He is a native of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Lakes attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA, where he received a BA in Public Relations Management, MA in School Counseling, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University. Mr. Lakes is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar. Mr. Lakes believes every Young King of color is unique and with guidance and support they can use their special gift to make a difference in themselves and our world.
Shatane Porter (10-11th Grade)
Mr. Porter, a native of Brooklyn New York, earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, in Riverdale, NY and his master’s degree in School Counseling from Bowie State University. Mr. Porter has over fifteen years of experience working with males in urban school districts. In 2011, he became a Professional School Counselor in the DC Public School System at Anacostia Senior High School located in Ward 8, where he supported students in grades 9-12 with academic, social, and emotional needs. Mr. Porter was also the boys’ varsity basketball coach at Anacostia for the five years. Prior to this assignment, he worked for the DC College Access Program (DC CAP) as a High School Advisor supporting hundreds of students with the college admissions process, as well as postsecondary opportunities.
Courtney Jordan (11th Grade)
Ms. Jordan is a native of North Carolina. She earned her BA in Psychology from North Carolina Central University as well as her Master in Mental Health Counseling. She has served as a Professional School Counselor in the District for eight years. She has been a strong advocate for children and the policies which improve the educational system. Mrs. Jordan is married and has three sons. She is extremely excited about joining the Ron Brown family as the Pathway Coordinator. She is looking forward in making a difference in the lives of these incredible Young Kings who we serve.
Social Work & Culture Department
Roosevelt Cohens (9-11th Grade)
Dr. Cohens is a native Washingtonian born at DC General Hospital and was the tenth child of his parents. Dr. Cohens was raised in Public Housing in Washington, DC (Kenilworth Courts). He is married and has four daughters and a son. In, September 1975, Dr. Cohens enrolled in Knoxville College located in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, at a liberal arts institution. Additionally, he attended Howard University where he received a Master of Social Work. Dr. Cohens received his Doctorate from Argosy University/ Chicago in Educational Leadership and Human Development. Dr. Cohens is a Certified Anger Management Counselor Level II, through Chicago Institute of Anger Management.
Glenda Waters (9-11th Grade)
Glenda Waters is a native Washingtonian and spent most of her formative years living in SE Washington with her parents, two sisters, and her brother. She remembers the influences of her childhood and wants to help create positive life experiences for her students. She received her BSW from Syracuse University and her MSW from Catholic University of America. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Ms. Waters believes that there are two essential things that children need for a healthy start in life: love and discipline. She tries to contribute to a healthy start for all her students. Ms. Waters loves to cook and bake, and she enjoys traveling, especially overseas, and wants to develop her passion for writing.
Gary Payne (9-11th Grade)
Gary Payne has been working with challenging youth for over fifteen years. He has been providing services to the youth of Washington, DC for over eight years. He is extremely passionate about improving the lives of the students of the District. He is originally from New Jersey. He attended Delaware State University as well as Wesley College. Mr. Payne has two sons. He is excited about his position as Attendance Counselor and supporting the Young Kings of Ron Brown and ensuring they are successful in their endeavors.
Michael Sims (9-11th Grade)
A proud native of Washington, DC, Mr. Sims comes to Ron Brown with six years of experience in behavior modification at the high school level of DCPS. In addition to the collection and maintenance of behavioral data, he also brings extensive experience in various restorative justice practices. Mr. Sims' goal is to not only provide a structured, alternative learning environment, but to also collaborate with the Young Kings, teachers, and parents to move them to their next stage of development.
Dawaine Cosey (9-11th Grade))
Mr. Cosey serves as the Empowerment Specialist with specialized training in and passion for personal development, culture shaping, life coaching, and mentoring specific to young men of color. Mr. Cosey is a native Washingtonian and product of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Mr. Cosey holds an Associate in Ministry from New Hope and Life School of Theology, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. As a prolific speaker, Mr. Cosey seeks to open his own communication consulting practice in an effort to serve communities of color through personal and leadership development. Mr. Cosey is an avid writer, and is in the process of publishing his first book, “Faith Beyond,” completed in 2015.
Front Office Staff & School Nurse
Mr. Lacey is the Manager, Strategy and Logistics (MSL) at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations and logistics of the school and oversees the following operational functions: finance and purchasing, student data systems, facilities and property, human resources management and technology. He was born and raised in Pottstown, PA. but has resided in the Washington DC area for the past twelve years. He has a bachelor's degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Temple University, and has twelve years of experience managing staff, programs, and facilities with stops in Fairfax County and Washington DC Parks and Rec. Prior to this career, Mr. Lacey played professional football in the NFL and Arena Football League.
Ms. Jackson is a Native Washingtonian and graduated from Anacostia Senior High School. After working in the private sector for over twenty years as the IT Officer, Executive Assistant to the President of the National Association for Equal Opportunities in Higher Education, and the Communications Coordinator for Minority, Inc. Ms. Jackson is also a Notary and Broker of CelebrityOne Realty. She is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, University College to pursue a bachelor's degree in Marketing. While following in her brothers' footsteps Ms. Jackson is striving to obtain a Ph.D. in Real Estate Development and Finance. Ms. Jackson returned to DCPS in hopes of making a difference in the lives of DCPS scholars.
Ms. Hawkins is a native Washingtonian. She grew up in Ward 5, graduated from McKinley Senior High School, and attended Hood College in Frederick, MD. She has worked in the District of Columbia Public School System for over sixteen years, serving in the elementary school, middle school, high school, and alternative learning settings. She was also a Project Assistant for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She has been a coach for the District Heights Chiefs and several DC public schools. Her educational philosophy is " If you're not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you're determined to learn, no one can stop you." She currently resides in Prince George's County with her husband and two daughters.
Mr. Jackson was born and raised in Washington DC. A product of DCPS, he was educated at Roper/ Ron Brown Middle school. He took his artistic talents to Duke Ellington School of the Arts for high school, where he studied Visual Arts and also ran track and field for Wilson High School. While in high school, Mr. Jackson ran AAU track for two years and was able to participate in the Junior Olympics. When searching for colleges, he wanted to go to a university which had a great art program and a track team. Mr. Jackson decided to go to Virginia Commonwealth University and major in Fashion Design. He ran one year of track and then had to hang his spikes up after being accepted into the Fashion Department. After graduating with a BFA in 2008, he returned to DC and worked on his clothing line partnering with a friend who also attended Duke Ellington and VCU.
Nurse Wilson-Brown was born Maxine Audrey Wilson on December the 6th to Rosa and Lester Wilson in St, Andrew, Jamaica. She migrated to Washington DC when she was eleven years old. She attended Mott Elementary School, Shaw Jr. High and Theodore Roosevelt High School. In 1984, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Her work experience includes working in the medical-surgical unit of The District of Columbia Hospital for fifteen years. She became a school nurse in 1999. She attends First Baptist Church of Glenarden where she participates in the Drama Ministry. Her Life Verse is taken from Romans 12:1-2:
I want to make a difference in all whose path I cross.
Mr. Martin was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from Caravel Academy College Preparatory HS. He received post-graduate education at the Laurinburg Institute, located in North Carolina. He then pursued his collegiate undergrad career at Marymount University, VA, Delaware State University, and Wesley College, DE. From there, he pursued his master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Concordia University, OR. He is the proud father of a four-year-old son and six-year-old daughter, and has a supportive wife who aids him in the process of directing athletics here at Ron Brown College Preparatory HS. He had the pleasure of working for DCPS for the past seven years in various capacities at Jefferson MS, Kelly Miller MS, and Hardy MS.
Kendra Pridgen, ATC (Ms. P) was born and raised in the District of Columbia. A product of DCPS schools, Ms. P is proud to be able to return to the school system as an Athletic Trainer where she now works with the same Athletic Trainers who gave her the encouragement to pursue her career. Ms. P completed her undergraduate degree at the prestigious University of Miami, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus in Athletic Training. She currently is in the process of earning her post-professional Masters of Health Sciences in Athletic Training degree.
Building Custodial Department
Mr. Richardson was born at Columbia Hospital for Woman located in Washington, DC. He was raised in a single parent household by his mother raising four children and did all she can do to put food on the table and roof over their heads. When Mr. Richardson was in high school, his mother married a great man who Mr. Richardson can proudly call his father and who came into their lives as a loving and caring father figure for Mr. Richardson and his siblings. His stepfather taught him the skills to be successful, independent, and how to become great men as well as a great father to their children. Mr. Richardson is the very proud father of his only son Darrin Richardson, Jr.
Kevin Starks, Jr.
Bio to come
Mr. Andrews was born in Washington DC. His family moved to District Heights, Maryland. He loved playing sports. He graduated from Central High School in 1990. He have three beautiful daughters who he is very proud. The schools Mr. Andrews worked for are Community Academy Charter School from 2008 to 2011 and Stuart-Hobson Middle School from 2011 to 2016. My favorite sports teams are, in NBA, the Chicago Bulls, in NFL, the Oakland Raiders, and in college football & basketball, the Michigan Wolverines.
Bio to come