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"Education is all a matter of building bridges."

- Ralph Ellison

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts has moved back to R Street! Please find our current address below:

3500 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Main Office – (202) 282-0123

2017-2018 Administration, Faculty & Staff

Name/PositionContact Information
Harriette Ecton
(Chief Development Officer)
Donna Hollis
(Director of Student Affairs)
Sandi Logan
Ronald Lee Newman
(Director of Operations and Collaborative Programming)
Savannah Overton
(Director of Admissions)
Phone: 202.631.3129 (cell)
Tia Powell Harris
(Chief Executive Officer)
Brittany Robertson
(Director of Arts Programming, Interim)
Vanessa Snyder
(Director of Academic Instruction)
Name/PositionContact Information
Melissa Bethea
(Library Media Specialist)
Aaron Cain
(IT Coordinator)
LeNae Franklin
(Registrar & Records Coordinator)
Shanta James
(Cafeteria Manger)
Lisa Jones
(Instructional Coach)
Maxine Stone
(Executive Administrative Support Manager)
Student Support Services​
Name/PositionContact Information
Perry Camp
(School Psychologist)
Larry Davis
(Educational Counselor)
Delphenia James
(School Nurse)
Angela Jones
(Attendance Counselor)
Suwana Reavis
(School Counselor)
Crystal Sylvia
(Social Worker & 504 Coordinator)
George Walls
(DC-CAP (College Access Program) Coordinator)
Tedra Williams
(School Counselor)
Ellington Fund
Name/PositionContact Information
Harriette Ecton
(Chief Development Officer)
Elena Forbes
(Grant Writer and Institutional Giving Manager)
Jerome Hopkins
(Staff Accountant)
Brian Nielsen
Heather Pollak
(Development Associate and Special Projects Coordinator)
Noemy Rivera-Gutierrez
(Administrative Assistant & Office Manager)
Dr Cameron Van Patterson
(Director of Grants and Annual Fund)
Cheryl Wiggins
(Business Manager)
Name/PositionContact Information
Roz White
(Musical Theatre)
Name/PositionContact Information
Gabrielle Dubose
(English II)
Jalissa Gary
(English IV, AP Literature and Composition)
Tiffany Jackson
(English III & AP Language)
Sarai Reed
(Honors English)
Cullen Swinson, Chair
(English I)
Health & Physical Fitness
Name/PositionContact Information
Beverly Clavon
Leonard Nelson
(Physical Education)
Nikki Sutton-Mackey
(Physical Education, Modern Dance)
Name/PositionContact Information
Rachel Hamstra
(Geometry, Probability & Statistics, AP Statistics)
Seun Joshua
(Computer Aplications I&II, STEM Lab)
Southwell LeCointe
(Algebra I, Algebra II & Trigonometry, Honors Algebra II)
Ian Magee
(Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry)
Dr. Caleb Rossiter
(Algebra 2, Geometry)
Charise Shaw, Chair
(Algebra 1, Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus)
Name/PositionContact Information
Michele Baskin, Chair
(Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry)
Byron Gatton
(Biology, Environmental Science)
Jacqueline Nickerson
(Anatomy and Physiology)
Eileen Pascucci
(Chemistry, Honors Biology, AP Biology)
Jaime Ratkoff
(Physics, Biology)
Social Sciences
Name/PositionContact Information
Stephen Edge
(US History, AP US History)
Jonathan Fruendt
(World History II, AP World History)
Jeff Johnson
(World History I, Pre-AP World History)
Lynn Moore, Chair
(World History, Geography I)
Nicolas Ojeda
(DC History, US Government, AP US Government, Street Law)
Specialized Instruction
Name/PositionContact Information
Seth Brecher
(Special Education Coordinator, College Summit 12, Study Skills)
Troy Cudworth
(Special Education, Study Skills)
Ben Smith
Nicole Strohman, Chair
(Special Education Coordinator)
World Languages
Name/PositionContact Information
Laura Moticka
(Italian I - III)
Yura Schreiber
(French II, Spanish I, II & IV)
Diannette Soto
(Spanish I, II, & III)
Primrose Tishman, Chair
(French I - V)
Name/PositionContact Information
Roz White
(Musical Theatre)
Name/PositionContact Information
Charles Augins, Chair
(Ethnic Dance, Dance Technique, Dance Potpourri, Ballet)
Melvin Deal
(African Dance, Drummer)
Sandra Fortune-Green
(Ballet Composition)
Treanna Reid-Alexander
(Dance Improvisation, Dance Orientation, Modern)
Katherine Smith
(Dance History, Modern, Senior Project)
Nikki Sutton-Mackey
(Physical Education, Modern Dance)
Nina Willner
Instrumental Music
Name/PositionContact Information
Norman Brentley
(Flute Technique, Flute Ensemble)
Victoria Alma Castello
(Applied Piano Technique, Applied Pipe Organ Technique)
Amanda Collins
(French Horn)
Isaac Daniel, Chair
(Orchestra, Guitar Technique, Conducting)
Leslie DeLaine
(Music Theory, Violin Technique)
Tyra Flotte
(Clarinet Technique, Clarinet Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Radical Elite Show Band, Music Theory II, Concert Band)
Dupor Georges
(Lower Brass, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Theory)
Lynne Gray
(Piano Theory, Music History)
Heather Haughn
(Violin & Viola Technique, String Ensemble, Concert Band)
Kieron Irvine
(Trumpet Tech I-IV, Wind Ensemble, Radical Elite Show Band)
Carolyn Kellock
(Bass Technique, Music Theory)
Mark Meadows
(Vocal Jazz Ensemble, The Mellow Tones)
Haewon Min
(Music Theory II, Accelerated Piano, Piano Ensemble, Piano Technique, Piano Theory, Harp)
Paul Morgan
(Composition, Music Theory III)
Janet Peachey
(Music History, Music Theory, Composition, AP Theory)
Denna Purdie
(Cello Technique, Music Theory II)
Francis Thompson
(Percussion Technique, Music Theory)
Kika Wright
(Oboe & Bassoon)
Davey Yarborough
(Jazz Studies Director, Saxophone Technique, Jazz Orchestra)
Literary Media & Communications
Name/PositionContact Information
Kelli Anderson
(Mass Media and Communications I-III, Media IV)
Oscar Jamaal
Jami Ramberan
(Media I, II, III)
Mark Williams, Chair
(Senior Project, Playwriting/Play Analysis, African American Literature, Playwriting for Theater Seniors)
Museum Studies
Name/PositionContact Information
Caitlin Blake
Nekisha Durrett
(Photography I & II, Exhibit Design I & II, Museum Registration and Conservation, Art History I & II)
Jarvis Grant
(Digital Media)
Takicha Roundtree
(Yearbook; Yearbook for Museum Studies; Exhibit I & II; Museum Communications)
Marta Reid Stewart, Chair
(Curatorial Skills; Introduction to Museum Studies; Survey of World Art; Art and Culture; and Senior Internship)
Technical Design & Production
Name/PositionContact Information
Robin Harris
(Basic StageCraft, Stage Management, Entertainment Careers)
Nicole Leonard, Chair
(Theatre Operations 1, Theatre Management 1, Theatre Operations 3)
Denard Spriggs
(Audio Supervisor (Audio Visual Design, Tech Production IV, Sound Production & Engineering))
Name/PositionContact Information
Denise Diggs
(Speech I, II & III)
Ken Johnson, Chair
(Senior Projects, Acting IV, Theatre Styles, Playwriting)
Vera Katz
Dawn Naser
(Movement, Acting I, Theater Operations)
Eric Ruffin
(Theatre History, Play Analysis)
Deidra Starnes
Visual Arts
Name/PositionContact Information
Melchus Davis
(Drawing I, Drawing III, Painting I, AP Studio Art)
Mike Easton, Chair
(Drawing I, Drawing III, Painting I, Painting II, Art and Design Foundations)
Derek Horton
(Digital photography, Intro to Digital Media, Graphic Effects, Senior project, Art and Design Foundations)
Kimberly King
(Drawing II, Printmaking, Art and Design Foundations, Sculpture)
Mark Walker
(AP Art History, Drawing IV, 2D Concepts, Art History, Art and Design Foundations)
Vocal Music
Name/PositionContact Information
Samuel Bonds
(Vocal Technique, Concert Choir, Opera Workshop)
Chester Burke Jr.
(Piano Theory I, Piano Theory II, Vocal Accompanist)
Michael Crabill
(Vocal Coach, Accompanist)
Daphne Dunston-Wharton
(Vocal Technique, Concert Choir, Opera Workshop, Sight Singing)
Michael Ely
(Vocal Coach, Accompanist)
Frances Fonza
(Sight Singing II)
Brent Gossett
(Sight Singing II)
Lester Green
(Sight Singing I, Accompanist)
Dr. Monique Holmes, Chair
(Vocal Technique, Diction, Concert Choir, Show Choir)
Mark Meadows
(Vocal Jazz Ensemble, The Mellow Tones)
Evelyn Simpson-Cureton
(Accompanist, Organ)
Andrew Smith
(Sight-Singing III-IV & Concert Choir)
Sylvia Twine
(Voice Technique, Music History, Sight Singing, Female Ensemble Sophisticated Ladies)
Sesheida Young
(Sight Singing I)