Friendship is one of the District of Columbia’s largest and highest-performing public charter school networks, with 12 schools serving over 4,200 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.
We provide a world-class education that prepares students for college success and a career of their choice. Friendship empowers students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning, and develop as ethical, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens who contribute actively to their communities.
perpetually exceeds district and national averages
go on to a four-year college or other institution of higher learning
offers students the chance to earn up to 60 college credits or an associate’s degree at no cost while in high school
earned since 2008
enroll in an AP or honors class
with over 800 staff members
Describe the journey to your current role as Director of Early Childhood Education.
I started teaching with Teach for America right out of college, and was a language arts teacher in Hawaii for two years. I moved to Washington D.C. and taught at KIPP DC for one year. In 2011, I was accepted into the New Leaders program and became assistant principal at Friendship Woodridge. The next year I became a principal at Apple Tree, an early learning public charter school. During my fourth year, I received the Washington Post’s Principal of the Year Award. Shortly after, I rejoined Friendship to oversee the Early Childhood Education department.
What strategies would you recommend for a new Pre-K teacher?
The most important strategy is to keep kids engaged with your enthusiasm. If you act like the topic is the most exciting thing in the world, they will often match your energy. Move quickly from activity to activity. This will also keep them engaged. Lastly, use different modalities and keep your instruction very visual.
The first ever Friendship Armstrong Elementary Fall Reading Festival a great success! We read stories, rode ponies, gave away books and celebrated the start of fall with our Friendship families, friends and neighbors. Armstrong still has just FIVE (5) slots left in pre-K3-4, kindergarten and 1st grade. Call (202) 518.3928 to ENROLL TODAY!
Families with children pre-K-5, don’t miss Friendship Armstrong’s Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.! Enjoy terrific books, our toddler fun corner, pony rides and moon bounces, too! Parents, spread the word! Bring a friend. Friendship Armstrong is a GREAT elementary school committed to nurturing a genuine love for learning!
I never dreamed I would go to college in California.
I love that Friendship is 100% invested in preparing our scholars for college.
I love Friendship teachers' dedication to help each other grow in our practice.