One of the most amazing parts of the West Education Campus experience is the stellar group of team members we have on staff. Our Tiger Leaders provide so much more than “just” an education. At West, we believe in nurturing, enriching and supporting each student in totality. We are truly a family community!
Megan Vroman, Principal
I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve the West community as principal. Throughout my experience as a teacher, coach and leader, I have believed deeply that our role as educators is not only to prepare our scholars for the academic rigor of college and beyond but also to develop citizenship and social skills that empower our scholars to be agents of change for their community and our world. In the 2016-2017 school year, we doubled the growth rate of DCPS in both ELA and math as measured by PARCC and in two years, increased student satisfaction from 78 percent to 93 percent.
Prior to joining the West family, I supported school leadership teams at a charter network in DC. Before I moved to DC, I served as the founding principal of Uplift Mighty, a public charter school in Texas. At Uplift Mighty, our scholar growth outpaced national growth on our normative interim assessments and we fostered a joyful and achievement-focused scholar culture. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and a master’s in education from Arizona State University. Recently, I was one of 20 DCPS and charter school principals who graduated with an Executive Master’s in Leadership at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. When not at work, I love spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy baking, crafting and traveling.
Stephanie Carpenter, Assistant Principal
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” — Aristotle
For the past 15 years, I have invested my professional growth in teacher development, adult learning, curriculum design and instructional implementation, with a direct effect on student achievement. My educational career has afforded me the opportunity
to teach and lead in rural and urban education campuses, at charter schools and traditional public schools, and at both state and district settings. I am passionate about learning for all members of the school community, and I am thrilled be a part of the West team. I hope to bring a broad perspective of instructional best practices and a range of experiences with Common Core standards to our teachers and students. I am deeply committed to student achievement, and I believe that with a strong adult culture of all stakeholders, a compassionate school climate, rigorous learning experiences and rich content, we all will grow and excel together.
Although I have moved across the country two times, the East Coast always is my home. I love to run, read and spend time with
my family and friends. I enjoy creating and exploring new places, and I believe there is never a bad time for a good cup of coffee!
Anthony Bowden, Dean of Culture
I received my master’s in social work from New York University and a master’s in educational management. I am a strong
advocate for early reading and recently published my first children’s book, The Day Jake Went to College. I am not a stranger to
DCPS, as I worked under the special education umbrella before returning to school in New York. I am excited to meet everyone
in the West community, and I hope to inspire young students to begin thinking about college at an early age.
I am an avid sports fan, and I love to listen to all types of music.
Shandha Louis, Manager, Strategy and Logistics
I am excited to continue working at the West Education Campus as the Manager of Strategy and Logistics. I have worked at DCPS for six years and have greatly enjoyed working with amazing scholars across DCPS and building partnerships with Community Based Organizations that serve our youth. I manage school operations and also oversee the Afterschool Program. I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and my family is from Saint Marc, Haiti. I was told daily in my household, “Education is Power,” and I believe this is true for every scholar here at West and around the globe. I speak my native language French/Creole. I attended Howard University and studied political science and sociology. I currently am pursuing an executive master’s at Georgetown University in emergency and disaster management. I enjoy traveling, listening to gospel and soul music, spending time with my five nieces and nephews,
and taking black and white photos. I look forward to another amazing school year with West scholars!
Kathleen Sears, Americorps VISTA, Operations
Hello! My name is Kathleen Sears. I recently moved from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Washington D.C. I recently graduated from St. Lawrence University, with a bachelors of science in Geology. In November 2016, I started my year of service with Americorps VISTA. I am extremely grateful that I was placed at West Education Campus. So far, I have had a fabulous time working in the West community and I can not wait to see what else there is to come!
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Team
Hello, my name is Michele Schooler. I am originally from Washington, DC and grew up in Maryland. I attended Howard University for undergrad where I double majored in Biology and Psychology. I received my M.Ed from National Louis University. I have been in education for 17 years formally. I am most excited about getting to know the individual strengths and talents of my students. I love most colors but find myself most drawn to turquoise! I absolutely love to dance and my favorite foods are shrimp and grits and cannoli! :)
Instructional Aide, Pre-Kindergarten 3
My name is Tiffany Smith, I was born and raised in Virginia. I attended George Mason University where I received a bachelors in science (criminology, law & society). I've been teaching for about 6 1/2 years but this is my second year with DCPS. I'm excited to meet my students and have a fantabulous school year. :)
My name is Shannon Ballou and I am overjoyed to be a part of the Early Childhood Education team at West Education Campus! I am originally from Foxborough, Massachusetts and I studied Early Childhood Education at The Catholic Univeristy of America. This is my first year teaching and I am so excited to join the West EC team and to facilitate learning amongst students! I pretend to enjoy running, have a habit of baking chocolate chip cookies and love explore DC with friends!
Hi My name is Kaylon Dubinsky and I am so excited to be starting my third year here at West. I am originally from Georgia but have called Washington, D.C my home for the past 5 years. I graduated in 2009 from Virginia Tech with a BS in Human Development. When not at work, I love spending time with my hubby, exercising and eating!
Instructional Aide,Pre-Kindergarten 4
My name is Ingrid Cleveland. I was born and raised in the DC area. I attended Montgomery College and majored in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with kids for 14 years and am entering my fifth year with DCPS. I am excited to once again teach, dance and sing with the students of West.
I am Ms. Brabham. I am originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I moved to the DC area in 2014. I graduated from Kutztown University in 2005 with a dual certificate in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In 2009, I graduated from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania with a Master Degree in Education Administration. I have worked for Philadelphia Public Schools for nine years as a kindergarten, first grade and second grade teacher. I am looking forward to another great year at West working with families and scholars. I love watching sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
I am originally from Cherry Hill, NJ. I attended the University of Pittsburgh where I received a dual bachelors in Political Science and Africana Studies, certificate in Children's Literature. I also attended the Center for Inspired Teaching focused on Early Childhood Education. I have taught for 5 years, starting in college through Jumpstart for Young Children a literacy intervention program in low-income preschools. I am most excited about creating a fun and nurturing school environment where children can grow as learners and critical thinkers.
Instructional Aide, Kindergarten
I work with Ms. Henderson in Kindergarten! I am originally from Los Angeles California. I moved to Norfolk, Virginia with my family in 2010 and lived there for five years, then we moved to Washington DC about a year ago. I have an eight year old son who is in second grade at West. I love reading books with my son and for fun. My favorite places to go are the library, and Barnes & Noble. I love spending time with my family, watching movies, and going for walks.
My name is Hannah Carloni and I am thrilled to be one of the newest members of the West Education Campus community! I graduated in 2013 from University of Mary Washington with my master's in Elementary Education. A few months later, I moved to Accra, Ghana to teach at New Horizon Special School, a school for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. After three incredible years, I am back in the States and ready for my next adventure! I can't wait to teach and learn with your scholars this year!
I am delighted to be a part of the West Education Campus primary team! This will be my second year at West and I am excited to work with new and returning families. I am originally from outside of Philadelphia, PA. I graduated from The George Washington University where I received a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and French Language and a master's degree in Elementary Education. It is a privilege to watch my scholars grow academically, socially, and emotionally everyday.
My name is Shakia Jackson. I am so excited to start teaching at West Education Campus! I am from Laurel, Maryland and this is my third year teaching in DCPS. I graduated from St. Johns University in New York, and I am attending graduate school at the University of Maryland. I love to read, eat pasta, and spend time with my family. My favorite color is mustard and I love listening to podcasts. I am looking forward to a year of fun and learning.
My name is Amy Fishman I am proud to have the chance to be an educator here at West Education Campus! I have been teaching for 20 years, but this is my first year at DCPS. I started my teaching career with Chicago Public Schools then moved Montgomery County, MD. I love children, and have three of my own. I love interacting with children everyday. I believe EVERY student can be successful and I am excited to help my students attain their fullest potential!
Outside of teaching, I enjoy gardening, cooking, biking, reading, and spending time with my husband and our three children.
3rd Grade ELA and Social Studies
Hi! My name is Tanzania Coles and I am a native Washingtonian. I received my B.S. in Communication Studies from Morgan State University. I received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. This is my eighth year as an educator and I enjoy impacting the lives of children on a daily basis. I am most excited about getting to know my students and pushing them to reach their highest potential throughout the school year. My favorite color is purple and I love to read and cook.
3rd Grade Math and Science
Hi! My name is Jessica Kim. I was born in South Korea, but came to the United States when I was five years ago. I grew up in Northern Virginia for most of my life and went to James Madison University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in teaching. This is my 9th year of teaching and my 4th year at West. During my time away from West, I also taught as a special education teacher and a technology trainer. In my free time, I love to spend time cooking and relaxing with Mr. Wonderful and my amazing dog. I’m excited about teaching 3rd grade math and science this year! West holds a very special place in my heart and it's good to be with my extended family.
4th/5th Grade ELA and Social Studies
I am very excited to join the West family in the role of 4th-5th grade ELA.
I worked for the past seven years in New York as a reading teacher and dean with two prominent charter school networks. I began my teaching career at Ron Brown Middle School here in Washington D.C. I earned my Bachelor's degree at Syracuse University and I earned my Masters in Arts of Teaching from American University.
I love to teach reading and writing because I believe no skills are more essential to a child's success in both academics and life. I love empowering them with the ability to think critically and express themselves. I have dedicated most of my career to figuring out how to convey the skill and love of reading and am excited to continue with this purpose at West.
4th/5th Grade Math and Science
As a native Washingtonian, I am excited for the opportunity to teach in the school system in which I received my education. I come from a family of educators who instilled in me that every child deserves a quality education. A classroom should be a supportive and cooperative student-centered environment in which children and teachers and have a joint responsibility to not only learn, but also share views and experiences.
After over a decade of serving as an active duty Marine in the U.S. and abroad, I pursued and received my masters in teaching through Johns Hopkins University. I enjoy lifting heavy weights, and going on adventures with my son. I am thrilled to be joining the West community and continuing my journey as a lifelong learner!
Middle Grades Team
6th - 8th Grade Math
I am very excited to be joining the West community this year! I grew up in the D.C. area and attended college at Harvard. After that, I moved to South Korea and taught middle school English on a Fulbright Scholarship. I left teaching for a little while to manage education projects in Vietnam for the World Bank, and I am really looking forward to being back in the classroom this year. Math has been a very important part of my career, and I am excited to delve into lots of real-world math with my students. In my free time, I love to play bridge, cook, and explore local parks with my dog.
6th- 8th Grade Science
I am a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with concentrations in evolution and human anatomy and physiology. I have postgraduate secondary education certifications in general science and biology. As a Linux enthusiast, I enjoy tinkering with computer software and hardware. My hobbies include trail running, fishing, and foraging the wilderness for mushrooms. As with all years, I continue to have high expectations for scholars to present their research projects at the DC STEM Fair.
6 - 8th Grade Social Studies and TLI Cuture (Assistant Dean of Culture)
Ms. Benita C. Lewis is originally from the wonderful rural town of Lawrenceville, Virginia. She is an educator by nature, and by profession. Ms. Lewis has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Education in Education Leadership and Policy for American University. After receiving her Master’s Degree she will pursue her Doctorate Degree in Education.
Ms. Lewis is currently in her sixteenth year of teaching. She has found her niche and embraced the Middle School/Junior High School culture and continues to focus on how she can improve, expand, expose and connect her students to “real-life”. Ms. Lewis believes that the LOVE of Reading is CONTAGIOUS!
Special Education Team
Special Education - Elementary
My name is Shonda Pender and I am your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher for the 2015 – 2016 school year. I want to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome. I am very excited about working with your child!
I am from Hattieburg, MS which is about 1 ½ hours from New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. I moved to DC in 1999. I have a husband and 2 kids ages 21 and 11.Though the majority of my twenty-one years of teaching experience has been teaching EC- 5th grade as a Special Education Resource teacher, I’ve also taught General Education and in a Day Treatment program. I received my undergrad from Jackson State University and my Master’s and Specialist from the University of Southern Mississippi.
My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child can learn though they may learn in a different way. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and identify the strategies needed to maximize his or her academic and social/emotional growth. I believe in hands-on experiences, learning creatively, and providing multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery. It is my goal to create a community of learners who are committed to working hard and having fun. I want students to leave my classroom feeling confident that they can apply what they’ve learned in school to real-life situations. I want my students to feel challenged and to have an enhanced passion for learning.
Special Education - Elementary
I am originally from Kinston, North Carolina. In 1994, I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, and a concentration in Childhood and Adolescence. By 2003, I earned my Teacher's Certification in Special Education: Learning Disabilities from East Carolina University. In 2008, I earned my Master's of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership at Liberty University.
Special Education - Middle School
Hello Everyone!!!! My name is Crystal Osedei and I am from Howard County, Maryland. I have been in the field of Education for 15 years , and spent most of that time in area of Early Childhood. I graduated from University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology, Behavioral and Social Science. A few years later, I received my Masters degree in Leadership in Teaching with a concentration in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Notre Dame of Maryland University. I enjoy traveling and dancing. I am so excited to be a part of the West family because they have fostered an environment that inspires their scholars to work hard, study hard, and to be the best that they can be despite the challenges they might face. I am also very honored to be a part of a school where the principals and the staff support and encourage not only the scholars, but one another to always strive towards excellence at all times. I am proud to be a part of Washington's BEST Education Campus!!!
Special Education - Middle School
Hello, my name is Octavia Wolf and I service all scholars with Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) in grades 6-8. I employ a culturally responsive teaching practice in which all scholars engage in meaningful, rigorous work that affirms their identities. I believe all scholars have the potential and ability to learn, lead, and live fufilling lives. I was recently awarded the Edith Tatel Excellence in Teaching Award for classroom excellence and academic rigor. This is my third year at West Education Campus and I look forward to working closely with my scholars and their families yet again.
English Language Learning
English Language Learners
My name is Medina Roshan and I am the new ESL teacher at West. This is my first year teaching and I am thrilled to be working with our English-language learners. I received my undergraduate degree from American University here in Washington D.C. and my master's degree from Columbia University in New York City. In my spare time, I enjoy travel, being outdoors and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2015-2016 school year.
Special Subjects and Enrichment Team
My Name is Bresean Jenkins, and I am excited about being the art teacher at West Education Campus. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude theatre and business education) from Florida A&M University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design from the University of Florida. I currently am pursuing a second master's degree from Johns Hopkins in school administration and educational technology. This is my 10th year as an educator! My favorite place on earth is Barnes and Noble. In my spare time, I enjoy college football and basketball, musical theatre and chasing Beyonce tickets.
Julio Alberto Jimenez Betancourt
Hello!! My name is Julio Jimenez and I will be teaching Spanish at West Education Campus. I was born and raised in Cartagena, Colombia and this is my first time teaching abroad. I have been in the education field for almost 20 years and during all this time I have taught different types of learners. I am specialist in languages teaching and I recently finished my Master of Arts in teaching at Uninorte in Colombia. For me teaching is my passion and I have always tried to give the best in every class. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and playing soccer. I am very excited to be part of the West family and I hope to be a good cultural ambassador and a great Spanish teacher at West EC.
Library Media Specialist
I originally am from Winston Salem, NC, and a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor's in history. I relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and received a master's in library information science from San Jose State University. I love DC and am so excited that I will be able to work with students from all age groups. This will be my first year with West, and I am enthused about creating a warm, friendly, educational and fun library environment.
Scholar Support and Culture Team
I was born in Washington, DC (how cool is this?) and attended Michigan State University where I received a B.S. Health and Science and an M.A. in School Counseling. I have been blessed to be at West for 10 years and still loving it! I am excited to work with our wonderful new staff members. Always eager to bring new programs and excitement to our students. My hobbies include biking, running, traveling and most of all hanging out with my husband and 2 wonderful sons.
I am from Los Angeles, California. I graduated with degrees in Psychology and African American Studies from UC Davis and Master of Social Work from Howard University. I love being able to help scholars appropriately manage their emotions. When they are in control, they are ready to learn! Feel free to come and talk at any time!
This year will commence my 20th year as a School Psychologist with DCPS. Prior to 1997, I spent 11 years working with infants and toddlers at the Easter Seal Society in NW, Washington, DC. I believe strongly in a free, public education that offers quality programming; and that each child has the capacity to learn. Our charge, as educators, is to discover the mechanisms that enable each child to master skills and maximize his/her potential. I am both humbled and honored to be returning to West Educational Campus. I look forward to not only getting to know the students, staff and families affiliated with West but learning ways to serve, support and bring value to our school community.
A native of Philadelphia, my transition to DC was also a career transition. Before education I worked as Political Organizer on grassroots and political campaigns. I was invited to teach at a public policy high school in the district and fell in love with teaching. I’ve gained experience teaching at the high school, middle school, and elementary school level before becoming an Instructional Coach.
I earned by bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University and master’s degree from Howard University. I am a proud mother of two sons, who are daily reminders of the important work educators are charged to do! I’m excited to join West EC and DCPS and look forward to supporting teaching and learning throughout the building.
Reading Specialist and TLI ELA
While Heimy Salgado graduated with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and International Affairs from Florida Sate University in 2002, it was her prior work experience with Univision in Washington D.C. that sparked her passion for education. After reporting on human-interest and education stories, she was motivated to join Teach For America and taught fourth grade at Little River Elementary School in the community of Little Haiti in Miami, Florida for three years. While teaching in Florida, she also received a Masters of Science in Urban Education from Florida International University. From there, Ms. Salgado then taught multiple grades and subjects at KIPP DC WILL Academy and acted as the teacher board member representative on the Board of Trustees for nine years. Ms. Salgado is excited to bring a love for reading to the West Education Campus. Ms. Salgado will work with small reading groups ranging from grades 3rd-8th and as teacher coach assisting teachers in English and Language Arts.
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