Lavinia joined Capital City in August 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations with a minor in Women Studies from Trinity Washington University.
Before joining Capital City, Lavinia taught for five years at High Road Upper School. She was awarded Teacher of the Month in May 2017 and Teacher of the Year.
Lavina is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and speaks intermediate French.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, dancing and exploring museums in DC.
Favorite quote: “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver and gold.” - Bob Marley
Teresa joined Capital City in August 2016. She holds a Master of Education from Christian Brothers University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with an emphasis in Math from the University of Wisconsin.
Teresa has previously taught at schools in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the two-year Hollyhock Fellowship program, a competitive professional development opportunity through Stanford University’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.
Teresa speaks conversational French, loves knitting, reading Harry Potter books, board games, and watching sports.
Tyra joined Capital City in August 2016. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Alabama.
She is a Eddie Barnes Awardee for Choreography, studied choreography and dance in Italy, and participated in the Lester Horton Pedagogy program.
In her spare time, she enjoys eating good food, traveling, event planning, and interior design.
Mark joined Capital City in August 2022. He holds a Bachelor in English from Clafin University and a Master in Secondary English Education from New York University.
Mark brings more than 10 years of educational experience to Capital City. Prior to Capital City, he worked for various public charter schools in Newark, NJ. He has received training in Classroom Culture in the Digital Space, Coloring with Equity: Using an Equity Lens in Planning and Evaluation, Independent Reading: Then and Now, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Humanities Classroom, Close Reading Best Practice and Memoir Writing.
In his spare time, Mark is a queer R & B artist and writer. He has performed at many Pride events and featured in multiple publications. His EP also charted #31 on the iTunes R & B charts! He is currently working on a new album, a book of poetry, and preparing for his reality tv debut!
His favorite quote: “There is no better teacher than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” -Malcolm X
Razi joined Capital City in August 2021. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with high honors in the Study of Women and Gender with a minor in HIstory from Smith College.
Before joining Capital City, Razi was a paraprofessional in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading feminist literature & speculative fiction, and seeing live music.
Favorite Motto/Quote: "I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things." - Emma Goldman
Guadalupe joined Capital City in December 2021 initially as a Long-Term Spanish Substitute and High School Building Substitute teacher. She joined our staff as a full-time teacher in August 2022. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas and is currently pursuing her master in Spanish from University of Texas Permian Basin. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas El Paso.
She has previously worked as a teaching Artist for arts integration programs with DC theatre organizations, such as Gala Hispanic Theatre, Olney Theatre, and Shakespeare Theatre and has worked at a Lead Drama Teacher at Two Rivers PCS and Spanish Substitute for Creative Minds PCS.
Guadalupe is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys reading, going for walks, watching K Dramas, and hanging out with friends, her dog Tofu and amazing partner.
Her personal motto is a famous Mexican saying "No te rajes," which means don't give up.
Maiba joined Capital City in August 2016. She holds a Master of Education in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education from Howard University.
In 2017, Maiba was honored to be voted by the Class of 2017 as their graduation speaker. Prior to coming to Capital City, Maiba taught English 9, English 10, Theatre Arts I and Technical Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
Maiba is passionate about adolescent literacy. She seeks to use theatre arts and informal learning environments to foster a love of words and a greater mastery of the English language.
She was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Go Tar Heels, Go Panthers, Go Hornets!) When she isn't teaching, Maiba is likely reading, crafting, watching cartoons with her husband or preparing to be a mom this school year.
Thomas started working at Capital City as a Math Inclusion Teacher in August 2021. He earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Theatre Technology from Howard University.
Thomas previously has worked at Capital City as the High School Learning Hub Supervisor. Prior to joining Capital City, Thomas worked as an Algebra I teacher for 9th and 10th grade students at High Road School Lanham.
Haajar joined Capital City in August 2013. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration on Science and Technology from the University of Maryland – University College and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Temple University.
Prior to Capital City, Haajar worked as the Special Education Coordinator at the Building for the Future Academy and as a Science Instructor with the Howard University Upward Bound Program. She has more than ten years of instructional experience.
Binni joined Capital City in August 2015. She holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University.
Before teaching, Binni worked as an epidemiologist in cancer research for the International Epidemiology Institute in Rockville, Maryland. She taught health sciences electives for two years at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, DC prior to coming to Capital City. Binni is starting her 6th year of teaching high school and currently teaches Numeracy (9th grade) and Anatomy & Physiology (12th grade).
Binni has participated in OSSE’s Science Educator Leadership Cadre, worked with the Rock Creek Conservation Corps, and participated in Outward Bound’s Educator Initiative. She is currently a cross country coach and the high school sponsor for the WILL (Wilderness Leadership & Learning) program and LearnServe, a youth development organization that equips students with the tools, skills and confidence to tackle social change locally and abroad.
Outside of school, Binni is an avid cook and baker, takes art classes and enjoys spending time outdoors. Also, she has an identical twin!
Chyra joined Capital City in July 2022 . She is a licensed social worker and holds a Master in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s from Towson University.
She has previously worked with special needs children and families, at Child and Family Services, and as a school-based therapist for DC.
Chyra is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and a Dog Mom and lover of animals. She enjoys all things Marvel, working out and being active, and considers herself a “loving Taurus who loves to take long walks through Target with a Starbucks cup.”
Favorite Quote: “Self Esteem means knowing YOU are the dream"- Oprah Winfrey
Joynell joined Capital City in August 2021. She is pursuing an Associate Degree of Science from Montgomery College.
Joynell is fluent in Spanish and enjoys singing, dance, and art.
Favorite Quote/Motto: I am strong. I can and will get through anything.
Josybett joined Capital City in September 2019. She holds an Associates Degree from Montgomery College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University.
In her free time, Josybett enjoys hiking, roller skating, reading and writing.
Favorite quote/Motto: "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir
Tiffany joined Capital City in August 2020. She holds a Masters of Art in Special Education and Human Development in Art from George Washington University and a Bachelors of Art in English from the York College City University of NY.
Prior to joining Capital City, Tiffany worked as the Reading and Language Arts Teacher at the Washington School for Girls.
Klaire joined Capital City in August 2022. She has a Bachelor degree in English Teaching from Eastern Kentucky University.
Prior to joining Capital City, she worked at Madison Central High School in Richmond, KY, and spent two years working with the Knoxville Promise Internship program.
In her spare time, Klaire enjoys trying new restaurants, drawing/doodling, and traveling.
Leila became the Internship Coordinator in March 2018, having previously worked at Capital City as an inclusion teacher, Writing Center instructor and teaching fellow in Pre-K/K.
She holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Andrews University, Scotland.
Before joining Capital City, Leila worked as a journalist covering a range of topics from finance to food. She continues to work as a freelance writer and editor.
She is a native Washingtonian, and in her free time enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and long walks in Rock Creek Park with her dogs.
Deborah joined Capital City in August 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology from the Universidad teológica Internacional de Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from The University of Puerto Rico.
Prior to joining Capital City, she was an Adult Education Spanish Teacher at Power 4 Your Life Ministries. Debora has over 14 years of experience in the education field. She was a school principal at Jesucristo Rey de Reyes Academy in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Deborah is fluent in Spanish.
Personal Motto/Favorite Quote: The limit is the sky.
Yanira first worked at the Lower School campus from 2003-2006 and then rejoined Capital City in 2010. She is a graduate of Bell Multicultural High School and attended Northern Virginia Community College.
Prior to joining Capital City in 2003, Yanira was the registrar at Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria for four years. Between 2006 and 2010, she worked as a senior mortgage consultant with NVA Financials in Virginia.
Yanira is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Jose joined Capital City in 2008 as a founding Upper School teacher. He holds a Doctoral degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialty in Sculpture both from the Universidad de Bellas Artes de Granada in Spain. He also holds specialty certificates in Casting, Modeling and Mold Making, and Graphic Design, from various schools in Cordoba, Spain. He attained his Certificate in Pedagogic Aptitude from the Universidad de Granada in Spain.
Before coming to Capital City, Jose taught at the Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland, the Children’s Studio Public Charter School in Washington, DC, and the Fine Arts School in Tetouan, Morocco, for a total of 9 years.
Jose has received awards for his work, including the Power of Art 2010 Award, sponsored by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation at the Lab School of Washington, DC, as well as first prize for New Individual Fine Artist of Cordoba, 2000, in Cordoba, Spain.
In Spain, three of Jose's sculptures are on public display and pieces of his artwork are exhibited in the Casa del Cuidadano (City Hall) of Cordoba and in the Museo del Marmol de Macael, in Almeria.
At Capital City, Jose has offered many after school activities, including digital art, yoga and collage, techniques of painting, techniques of sculpture, and graffiti art.
Christina joined the Capital City team in September 2022. She has a degree in Physics from Howard University and a Master degree in Secondary Education from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
She brings eight years of experience working in education. Prior to Capital City, she worked at other DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools, and a Public Charter School in Oakland, California. Christina also worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has participated in the UnBound Ed Conference, and has computer science training from Project Lead the Way Training and Google Exploring.
In her spare time, Christina enjoys running, boxing, and skateboarding.
Favorite quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
Adrian has been teaching at Capital City since 2006. Adrian has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University. In addition to teaching various fitness classes and coaching after school sports, Adrian has also taught middle school health.
Adrian came to Capital City with more than 20 years of experience working in fitness and recreation. He was the Athletic Director at the Owl School in Washington, DC for many years and more recently was the Citywide Soccer Director for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. He has also worked as a counselor for programs that serve at-risk adolescents.
Outside of Capital City, Adrian is a swimming instructor at the National Capital YMCA where he has taught children and adults for more than 25 years. He is certified as a lifeguard, swimming and CPR/first-aid instructor. Adrian is also an avid and devoted runner.
Janeth joined Capital City in August 2011. She holds an Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Before coming to Capital City, Janeth worked as a Spanish and Social Studies teacher at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington, DC.
Janeth is a native Spanish speaker. She is skilled at employing technology in the classroom to maximize the learning experience for her students.
In her free time, Janeth enjoys learning about new cultures and reading.
Sarah joined Capital City in August 2018. She holds a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Middle East North African Studies from Allegheny College.
Before joining Capital City, Sarah was a lead teacher at Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea, MA.
Originally from Upland, California, Sarah is fluent in Spanish. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, exercising, and learning languages (right now she is starting Italian!)
Favorite quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi
Adam joined Capital City in August 2021. He holds a Master of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education and Special Education from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Geology Physics-Math from Brown University.
Prior to joining Capital City, Adam spent 5 years working in schools including his time in Providence and Central Falls, RI as a Restorative Justice Conference Facilitator.
His hobbies include cooking, playing basketball, running, and playing music.
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
Reggie joined Capital City in 2012. He has a Master's Degree from American University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia State University.
Reggie coaches the Middle School Boys Basketball team. As a basketball coach, he has helped bring 4 league championships and 1 Lowell Christmas Tournament championship to Capital City.
Reggie is a licensed USA Basketball Youth Coach and earned a certificate in Trauma Basics for Youth Workers.
David joined the Capital City team in August 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Illinois/American University of Beruit; a combined Master of Public Health and Master of Science degree in Community Health Education and Safety from University of Illinois; a Juris Doctorate from University of Illinois; and certificates in Public and Private International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.
David brings 18 years of experience as an educator, mostly in adult education with three years of experience teaching at the high school level. Previously, he also worked in international development, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance. He worked for the UN for six years, and at USAID for 10 years. He also has experience in mentoring, coaching, and international business/consulting.
He has founded and run numerous businesses and nonprofits both domestically and overseas. He served as President and CEO of International Development Enterprises and Services. Most recently, David founded and launched the Excellence in Leadership Institute.
David is fluid in Arabic, French, and Spanish. He has personal and professional experience in more than 150 countries. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, photography, watching movies, reading, and traveling.
Favorite Motto/Quote: “ "Do It Now" and “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
Sam joined Capital City in August 2021. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from Brown University and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Sam brings to Capital City over 11 years of teaching experience. He has previously taught high school English, history, speech and debate, leadership, and communications. Sam has coached competitive high school policy debate for fifteen years.
In his free time, Sam enjoys distance running, creative writing, theatre, backpacking, and cooking.
Favorite Motto/Quote: "There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough hew them how we will." - Hamlet
Lindsay joined Capital City in August 2021. She holds a Master of Education in Secondary Education from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Western Washington University.
Lindsay is a National Board Certified Teacher with 10 years of teaching experience. Previously she taught in Washington State, Arizona, and Texas.
In her spare time, she enjoys road trips, photography, cooking/baking, buying all the plants, and exploring new places.
Favorite Quote/Motto: "If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, Then love becomes our legacy, And change, our children’s birthright." - Amanda Gorman
Hannah joined Capital City in December 2019. She holds a Master in Secondary Literacy From American University and a Bachelor in Creative Writing: Nonfiction and Russian and Slavic Studies from the University of Arizona.
Hannah has over 4 years of teaching experience having previously worked at DC Public Schools. She also received significant training in 2018, when she attended the AP Summer Institute.
In her free time, Hannah enjoys boxing, baking, and knitting. She is fluent in Russian and French, and is currently learning Spanish
Favorite quote/motto: "A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance." - Hunter S. Thompson
Tatiana joined Capital City in 2018. An alum of Capital City, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lincoln University. While in college, Tatiana studied in both England and Spain.
Bridget joined Capital City in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Art in English with a minor in Education from Florida State University.
Prior to Capital City, Bridget was a College and Career Center Specialist at Mount Vernon High School in Fairfax County and the Director of Career Services at Gibbs College in Vienna, Virginia.
Bridget has three children, loves crossword puzzles, sudoku, cake decorating, arts & crafts, college football and baseball.
Jasmine joined Capital City in August 2015 as an 8th grade Humanities teacher. She graduated with a Master's of Education from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Communication Studies from Trinity University.
Prior to joining Capital City, Jasmine worked for Public Schools in Boston and Montgomery County. She also has taught at other District of Columbia Public Charter Schools.
Her hobbies include reading, DIY projects, pinning on Pinterest, and spending time with her family.
Biko joined Capital City in August 2022. He holds a Master in Art of Teaching from the University of the District of Columbia and a Bachelor in African American History from the University of Maryland – College Park.
Prior to Capital City, he taught at Montgomery County Public Schools, IDEA PCS, and Meridian PCS.
He enjoys soccer and chess.
Favorite quote: “It always seem impossible until it's finished.” - Nelson Mandela
Maureen joined Capital City in July 2021. She holds a Master of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership from American University and a Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton.
Previously, Maureen spent 12 years working in schools including her time as a NYC Teaching Fellow in NYC Public Schools and KIPP Colorado.
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
Alexander joined Capital City in August 2019. He holds a degree from Howard University.
Prior to Capital City, he was a lead teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools.
In his free time, he enjoys basketball, football, and poetry.
Favorite quote/phrase: "You can't lead people if you don't love the people. You can't save the people if you don't serve the people." - Cornel West
Jacob joined Capital City in January 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from North Carolina State University.
Prior to Capital City, Jacob was the Education Coordinator at TechShop in Arlington, VA and directed a STEM education program in North Carolina.
Jacob is an avid woodworker and is currently rebuilding a classic motorcycle!
Danica joined Capital City in August 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and History from Hofstra University; a Master of Science in Education degree in Literacy Studies Birth-12 from Hofstra University; and a Master degree in Public Administration and Policy from American University.
Danica brings 20 years of experience working in education. She previously has worked at schools in New York City, Texas, and California. She was also a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Volunteer for Peace Corps Nicaragua.
She speaks Spanish, and in her spare time Danica likes to dance, work out, travel, cook and eat.
Favorite quote: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.
Dawanda joined Capital City in February 2021. Prior to working as a Fitness Teacher , she served as a Dedicated Aide and Learning Hub Supervisor. She holds a degree in Communications, Radio and TV Production from Delaware State University.
Prior to joining Capital City, Dawanda was the Youth Engagement Specialist for Covenant House in Washington, DC. She also worked at Inspired Teaching School.
In her spare time, she loves playing in an adult kickball league.
Favorite Quote/Motto: It's not what you do it's HOW you do it!
Kendra joined Capital City in August 2013. She holds a Master's degree in Teaching with a concentration in Special Education from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Morgan State University.
Prior to coming to Capital City, Kendra taught in private schools in Washington, DC; Prince George's County; and Baltimore County. In 2014, Kendra was selected to participate in the Hollyhock Fellowship program at Stanford University’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.
Her hobbies include dancing, stepping, and bowling.
Jeff joined Capital City in August 2020. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bowie State University.
Prior to joining Capital City, Jeff worked at Seed Public Charter School and Thurgood Marshall Academy.
In his free time, Jeff enjoys exploring the city, dining at different restaurants for a culinary experience, and being social with friends and family.
Favorite quote/phrase: "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today." - Will Rogers
Mr. Martin joined Capital City in 2009. He holds a Master of Music in Composition with an emphasis on Stage Music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Musicology (music history) with a minor in Philosophy.
Mr. Martin began his teaching career as Director of Percussion at Mohonasen Senior High School in Schenectady, New York in 1993. He was a Band Director at Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, VA and has been on the Faculty as a Guest Lecturer at The Catholic University of America.
Aside from teaching, Mr. Martin is also a writer, composer, musicologist, and playwright. He has written non-fiction essays on aesthetics, modern music, electronic music, music pedagogy, music theory, music education, sociology, and philosophy. Mr. Martin's play, Poe, received a two-month run at the historic Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis Maryland in 2015. He has presented numerous lectures on a variety of musical topics. Mr. Martin presented at the poster session of American Musicological Society’s fall meeting in Richmond in 2015 on “The Record and the Creation of Hip-Hop Culture: How Technology Helped Create an African-American Musical Style.” In 2014, Mr. Martin was a part of the Guest Artist Lecture Series, at The University of Texas at Tyler, giving the lectures: “Crafting a Life as a Creative Artist,” “From Formula to Fanfare: How Music Education Moved from a Science to a Performance-Based Curriculum,” “Minimalism-Introduction and Analysis,” and Composition Master Classes. Before shifting his focus to the writing of prose Mr. Martin was a composer. As a composer he scored over forty dramatic plays, has written for choir, voice, small and large ensemble, electronica, and had an opera performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage—which Mr. Martin not only composed the musical score but also wrote the libretto. His music has been performed on both coasts and a selection of his works are published by Westphalia Press. Mr. Martin’s fiction writing includes short stories, plays, and he is currently writing his second novel.
Kevonn joined Capital City in August 2021. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University.
Before joining Capital City, Kevonn was a Program Manager of an extracurricular program for teens with disabilities.
In his free time, Kevonn enjoys sports analytics, playing basketball, and watching movies.
Favorite Motto/Quote: "The best view comes after the hardest climb."
Liane joined Capital City in August 2011 as a Literacy Inclusion teacher, before teaching chemistry. Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, she will be teaching AP Environmental Science in addition to Chemistry.
Liane holds a Master of Science in Science Education from Montana State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has dual certification in Biology and Special Education through the New Teacher Project.
Before coming to Capital City, Liane was a science and special education teacher at Largo High School in Maryland. Prior to that, she taught outdoor education to middle school students in California.
Liane enjoys running, biking, yoga, reading, gardening, and hiking.
Linda joined Capital City in August 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. She also holds a TEFL & TESOL Certification from CIEE.
Before joining Capital City, Linda was a TEFL teacher in Paju, South Korea for three years.
Linda is fluent in Spanish and conversational Korean.
In her free time, Linda enjoys learning Korean, reading, and hiking.
Favorite Motto/Quote: “I dwell in possibility.” - Emily Dickinson
Davette joined Capital City in August 2020. She holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from The University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The Virginia State University.
Prior to joining Capital City, Davette worked as a Special Education Teacher at The SEED DC Public Charter School.
Patience joined Capital City in August 2016. She is a certified Nursing Assistant and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bethel University in Tennessee.
Soccer is more than a hobby for Patience. She was a member of the Nigerian Women’s Soccer World Cup Team in 1999 and participated in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She is also a distinguished college soccer player and former team captain of Bethel University. While playing for Bethel, she was awarded Player of the Year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for three consecutive years (2001, 2002, and 2003).
Patience has ample experience working with children and coached at Brit-am Soccer Academy and the Capital Futbol Club for three years. Unsurprisingly, she is now a soccer coach at Capital City.
Belicia joined Capital City in 2010 initially as the Instructional Coach and Curriculum Coordinator. She holds a Master in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Hampton University.
In 2013, Belicia was nationally endorsed as a New Leaders Aspiring Principal. Belicia was named the High School Principal in 2013 after serving as Principal-in-Residence and the retirement of her mentor and founding High School Principal Kathy Byrd.
With over 17 years of experience teaching and leading in schools, this work is her true calling. She has held positions including Grade Dean, Math Instructor and Director of High School Research Program at Georgetown Day School; Admissions Associate, Division III Team Leader, and Math Teacher at Wildwood Secondary School. Additionally, she was a Pre-College Math Instructor at Stanford University.
At Capital City, Belicia has been pivotal in the development of our Tier 1-high school program which goes beyond general DC requirements for graduates. This progress includes a rigorous Senior Expedition course and presentation and the growth of our Advanced Placement (AP) Program.
In 2018, according to Niche.com, under her leadership, the High School was named one of the top HS in Washington, DC for students. In 2016, Capital City PCS was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School with her high school students and Environmental Science teachers completing a strong application.
Belicia is originally from South Carolina. She is currently learning Spanish and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading, listening to music, and collecting elephant statues from her travels.
Favorite quote: "To whom much is given, much is required."
Manuel joined Capital City in 2015. Prior to Capital City, he worked as an after-school counselor at OysterAdams Bilingual Elementary and a lead teacher at Studio ROCKS Enrichment Program.
He is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Ellen joined Capital City in August 2011. She holds a Master of Science in Science Education from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Languages and Linguistics from Earlham College. Before coming to Capital City, Ellen taught middle school science in Burlington, Vermont. She was born and raised in central Kentucky.
Ellen is passionate about involving students in planning and decision-making, creating real-world learning opportunities for her students and investing in students' social-emotional growth.
She has worn many hats during her time at Capital City, including co-sponsoring the School Garden Market, training student equity facilitators and serving on the Equity Core Committee. Ellen was instrumental in the creation of DC’s Food Justice Youth Summit. She was also part of the inaugural cohort of Hollyhock Fellows at Stanford University.
Ellen is fluent in Spanish.
When she's not teaching, Ellen is likely to be riding her bike, enjoying the great outdoors, seeking out local food or scouring the racks of a thrift store.
Angelique joined Capital City in November 2017. She graduated from the University of the District of Columbia.
Prior to Capital City, Angelique worked for Tamar Services, Integrated Community Services and for the doctor's office of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.
In her free time, she likes to go camping, bowling, read, and spend time with family and friends.
Jordan first joined Capital City in November 2017 as a dedicated aide. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Vermont and was a Special Education Fellow 2018-2019 Cohort.
Prior to Capital City, Jordan worked at the International Rescue Committee as a Family Mentor and ESL Tutor.
Jordan is fluent in reading and writing Spanish. In her free time she enjoys running, baking, trying new cuisines, and traveling.
Favorite quote/phrase: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
Tiffany joined Capital City in April 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Psychology from Trinity Washington University.
Prior to joining Capital City, Tiffany worked at Trinity Washington University as an Admissions Counselor, helping prospective students with their college applications and financial aid.
Tiffany is fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends and watching the Washington Football team
Favorite Quote: "When you feel like quitting, think about why you started."
Lekha joined Capital City in August 2021. Lekha holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor in Mathematics with a minor in TESOL from the University of Maryland College Park.
Before joining Capital City, Lekha worked part-time at Paint Branch High School in Montgomery County and was the recipient of the Knowles Teaching Fellowship.
Lekha is fluent in Kannada and proficient in Sanskrit.
Lekha was on a competitive Indian classical dance team in college and has been dancing since she was four years old.
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Listening is the first act of empathy and empathy is the only human gesture that just might begin to bridge the chasm that seems so vast and overwhelming."
Tonica joined Capital City in February 2014. She holds a MA in Teacher Leadership from George Mason University and a BS in Mathematics from Bowie State University.
She has more than ten years of teaching experience, having worked for Greater Mt. Nebo Christian Academy, IDEA Public Charter School and Hospitality High School. She has attended numerous National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conferences.
In her spare time, Tonica participates in liturgical dance at church and enjoys being a mom to her two children.
Monica joined Capital City in August 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science and a Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis.
She previously taught Math at Georgetown University, Maya Angelou Public Charter School, and Hillcrest High School.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running and walking, and going to the beach.
Matthew joined the Capital City staff in 2010 with more than 20 years of teaching experience. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. He also has his Master of Arts in Teaching from the College of Saint Catherine.
Prior to Capital City, Matthew taught at El Colegio Charter High School in Minneapolis for eight years. He also instructed adult acting courses for more than 25 years at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Matthew has worked as an adjunct professor at George Mason University.
In Washington DC, Matthew teaches Acting at The Studio Theatre and works with The Paso Nuevo program at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
Matthew is himself a professional actor and director. He has directed over 60 shows and is a member of the Actor's Equity Association and the Screen Actor's Guild.
Heather joined Capital City in August 2022. She holds a ABD in Russian History from Moreland University, Master in History from the University of California, Riverside and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Calvin College.
She has more than ten years’ experience teaching having taught two years at the secondary level and eight at the university level.
She speaks intermediate Russian and advanced French. She considers herself a life-long learner, so chances are that she is taking some sort of class for fun. Recently, for example, she took an online pasta-making class and started learning Spanish. One can always find her with a book. She also loves riding her bike long distances, designing and sewing clothes, and playing with her daughter at the pool!
Favorite Quote: “Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” Austin Phelps
Megan joined Capital City in August 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.
Megan brings more than 20 years of education experience to Capital City. She has taught abroad in Mexico and Germany and at Archbishop Carroll High School and District of Columbia International PCS.
She speaks functional German and Spanish and enjoys reading, cooking, watching college football/basketball (Go Spartans!), traveling, going to concerts, and winning her fantasy football league each year.
Favorite Quote: “If you want to be happy, be.” --Leo Tolstoy
Vanessa joined Capital City in August 2021. She holds a bachelor of arts in environmentally sustainable development from Boston University and is currently pursuing her teaching certification and Master's Degree at the Boston University School of Education. Vanessa also studied food and wine at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa.
Vanessa is certified in Teaching Sheltered English Immersion. She also has an instructor certification in AP Biology from the College Board and a Food Education Certification from Stone Barns Center for Agriculture. Vanessa was the recipient of the Sontag Award for Excellence in Urban Education in 2016.
Before pursuing a teaching career, Vanessa worked as a restaurant operations specialist as well as a chocolatier, line cook, and wine curator. Vanessa has seven years working in sustainable food service operations and six years teaching high school Biology and Environmental Science classes.
Vanessa is fluent in Spanish.
Vanessa is a white water rafter and yoga practitioner and is passionate about sustainable food systems.
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” - Muir
Leslie joined Capital City in August 2015. She graduated with a B.S. in History and Middle East Studies from the University of Virginia and with a MAT from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Prior to joining Capital City, Leslie taught at another DC Charter School for a year. She also participated in the National History Day training at the National Archives.
Leslie speaks conversational Spanish and likes being outdoors, reading, sewing, picking vegetables, and listening to podcasts.
Benjamin joined Capital City in August 2016. He holds a Master of Arts in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ohio State University.
Prior to Capital City, Benjamin taught Social Studies at Two Rivers Public Charter School in D.C. and U.S. History at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI. He is a recipient of the Race and Educational Equity grant from the University of Michigan and is moderately proficient in Spanish and Hebrew.
In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and tennis, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Lauren joined Capital City in August 2021. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Instructional Leadership from Chaminade University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a minor in Psychology and Leadership and Social Change from Virginia Tech.
Before joining Capital City, Lauren worked for the Hawaii Department of Education as a special educator for two years. Before becoming an educator, she was a gymnastics instructor and answered calls at a suicide hotline. Lauren received significant training during the 2021 Special Education Legislative Summit and was named the IEP Coordinator of the Year during the 2020-2021 school year.
Lauren speaks fluent Cantonese. In her free time, she loves reading and traveling.
Favorite Motto/Quote: "Progress over perfection is something I always remind my students and try to live by in my own life as well."
Stephen joined Capital City in August 2021. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of the District of Columbia.
Prior to Capital City, Stephen worked in public charter school settings for 3 years.
In his spare time, Stephen enjoys chess and fishing.
Favorite Quote/Motto: RESPECT