Can you talk about your journey to becoming Resident Principal at Technology Preparatory High?
When I was in college I thought I would become a doctor, so I majored in biology and planned to go to medical school. After more research, I found that I loved education and really wanted to teach.
My first teaching position was in Prince George’s County. I learned about Friendship Public Charter School and interviewed at Friendship Blow Pierce, where I taught for three years. I was the Department Chair for Science and was named the 2010 Blow Pierce Teacher of the Year. I went on to become an Instructional Coach at Friendship Collegiate Academy. After that, I became Academy Director and helped design the Health Sciences Academy as part of our National Academy Foundation grant. At Friendship Collegiate Academy students are able to learn about many different fields. There are academies for engineering, IT and health sciences. Now I am the Resident Principal at Technology Preparatory High. I am currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Bowie State University.
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!
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