October 06, 2010

Picture This: New DCPS 2010-2011 School Year Calendar Features Top Teachers 

School system honors some of its best educators in year-long tribute of photos and quotes

Contact: Frederick Lewis | (202) 442-5919

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Washington, DC – Every month of the 2010-2011 school year, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) students, families and educators will be greeted by the caring faces of those who work tirelessly every day to improve the lives of children in the District: DCPS teachers.

This year’s DCPS 2010-2011 School Year Calendar features 12 effective teachers who engage, inspire and motivate our students to reach their academic potentials.

“Our teachers work hard every day to shape our children’s lives, build their dreams and create the foundation for the future of our city,” said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. “With this calendar, we honor our teachers and say ‘thank you’ for your dedication to our children.”

This diverse group of educators, photographed by Dianne Bradley, represents all eight wards in the District of Columbia and serves in classrooms from pre-K through high school. These educators teach a variety of disciplines from special education and English language learners to physical education.

“Teachers are the key lever of change in the District and should be honored and celebrated for dedicating themselves to improving the lives of our children, the schools they work in and the future of our city,” said Chancellor Michelle Rhee. “This calendar is just one of the ways we will be celebrating great teachers this year.”

Each month features images of the teacher and a few of the countless students whose lives were touched by their hard work and dedication. The pictures are coupled with words of inspiration from both the educators and their pupils.

The DCPS 2010-2011 School Year Calendar also provides families and educators with critical school system dates, such as holidays, professional development days, and Chancellor’s Community Forums and Office Hours as well as DCPS statistics and contact numbers.


August 2010
Mary Williams, business and finance teacher, H.D. Woodson Senior High School

Hometown: Philadelphia
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Oakwood College; master’s degree, Howard University
Teaching experience: 30 years; 24 in DCPS

September 2010
Dominique Holsey, pre-K teacher, Tyler Elementary School
Hometown: Baltimore
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Sojourner-Douglass College; master’s degree, University of Phoenix
Teaching experience: 8 years as teacher, 5 as teacher’s assistant

October 2010
Amanda Siepiola, second-grade teacher, Horace Mann Elementary School

Hometown: Clinton, N.Y.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history, Hamilton College; master’s in Elementary Education
Experience: AmeriCorps volunteer, City Year Boston, Little Rock, Ark., and VISTA volunteer, New York
Teaching experience: 6 years in DCPS

November 2010
Gwendolyn Martin, third-grade teacher, Savoy Elementary School
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: Roosevelt High School; Bachelor of Science, Bowie State College; Master of Education in Reading, Elizabeth City State College
Teaching experience: 35 years in Prince George’s County, Maryland; six years in DCPS

December 2010
Jonathan Jou, English as a Second Language teacher, Jefferson Middle School
Born: China
Education: Master’s degree St. John's College and American University
Teaching experience: 18 years in DCPS

January 2011
Michael Taylor, World History teacher, McKinley Technology High School
Hometown: Melrose, Florida
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Science Education, Florida State University
Teaching experience: 2 years in DCPS

February 2011
Ginea Briggs, English teacher, School Without Walls
Hometown: Roxbury, Mass.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Lincoln University; master’s degree, University of Maryland
Teaching experience: 13 years in DCPS

March 2011
Charito Turingan, primary learning center teacher, Mamie D. Lee School
Born: Philippines
Education: Bachelor of Elementary Education with Health Education Specialization, Philippine Normal University, Manila; Master of Arts in Education, Guidance & Counseling, Philippine Normal University
Teaching experience: 2 years in DCPS

April 2011
Marjorie McClure, physical education teacher, Lafayette Elementary School
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: Lafayette Elementary; Woodrow Wilson High School; bachelor’s degree, Boston University; Master of Science in Physical Education, Emporia State University
Teaching experience: More than 25 years; 14 in DCPS

May 2011
Eric Bethel, fifth-grade teacher, Marie Reed Elementary School
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Mount St. Mary’s University; master’s degree in Elementary
Education, Mount St. Mary’s University
Teaching experience: 8 years in DCPS

June 2011
Jacqueline Douglas, pre-K teacher, Payne Elementary School
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and master’s in education; colleges attended, The University of the District of Columbia, Howard University and Regent University.
Teaching experience: 20 years in DCPS

July 2011
Sharifa Edwards, World History teacher, Columbia Heights Education Campus

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Studies Education, SUNY Geneseo; master’s degree in Teaching, American University
Teaching experience: 4 years, 2 in DCPS

Download the pictorial 2010-2011 school calendar.

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