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"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

- Dr. Seuss

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

3500 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Main Office – (202) 282-0123

2020-2021 Administration, Faculty & Staff

Name/PositionContact Information
Jevelle Branch
(Director of Operations & Collaborative Projects)
Isaac Daniel
(Interim Assistant Principal)
Donna Hayden
(Director of Administrative Operations)
Donna Hollis
(Director of Social Emotional Learning & Shepherding)
Lee Jackson
(Chief Financial Officer)
Angela Jones
(Director of Arts)
Lisa Jones
(Assistant Principal)
Sandi Logan
(Head of School & Principal)
Veronica Martin
(Executive Assistant to the Principal)
Savannah R. Overton Williams
(Director of External Affairs & Community Engagement)
Phone: 202.631.3129 (cell)
Deron Snyder
(Director of Communications)
James Walker
(Director of Student & Parent Engagement)
Name/PositionContact Information
Melissa Bethea
(School Librarian)
Jevelle Branch
(Box Office/Front House Operation Manager)
Melvin Clay
(IT Specialist)
Amber Golden
(S.H.A.D.E. President)
Rhonda Keith
(Head Foreman)
Maria Lewis
(Attendance Counselor)
Treva Lindsey
(Administrative Coordinator)
Dana Nearing
(Registrar/Gender & Sexuality Alliance Advisor)
Phone: 202-727-6404
Nicolas Ojeda
(Instructional Coach)
Charise Shaw, Chair
(Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus)
Tony Starnes
(Audio/Visual Technician)
Maxine Stone
(Executive Administrative Support Manager)
Jennifer Turner
(Testing Coordinator)
Ellington Fund
Name/PositionContact Information
Ari Fitzgerald
Jackie Love-Baker
(Development Director)
Name/PositionContact Information
Jevelle Branch
(Director of Operations & Collaborative Projects)
Name/PositionContact Information
Valerie Fowlkes Bynum
(Accounting Manager)
Lee Jackson
(Chief Financial Officer)
Katie Vargas
(Human Resources Officer)
Cheryl Wiggins
(Finance Associate)
Student Support Services​
Name/PositionContact Information
Perry Camp
(School Psychologist)
Nicole Frazier
(Social Worker/504 Coordinator)
Cinthya Gianella
Delphenia James
(School Nurse)
Marquis Mathis
(Freshmen & Sophomores Counselor/Arts Counselor)
Suwana Reavis
(Juniors & Seniors Counselor)
Lashawn Ricks
(School Counselor)
Crystal Sylvia
(Social Worker & 504 Coordinator)
Name/PositionContact Information
Roz White
(Musical Theatre)
Name/PositionContact Information
Deidre Comegys
(Pre-AP English I & II)
Gabrielle Dubose
(English II)
Suzette Francis
(English III, AP Language & Composition)
Cinthya Gianella
Cullen Swinson, Chair
(English I)
Anthony Verlich
(English IV)
Health & Physical Fitness
Name/PositionContact Information
Leonard Nelson
(Physical Education)
Andre Steward
Nikki Sutton-Mackey
(Physical Education, Dance Technique I, Dance Composition, Modern Dance II)
Name/PositionContact Information
Harry Geddy
(AP Statistics, Statistics, Algebra II)
Katrina Kasinowski
(Geometry, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II)
Summaya Khalid
(Honors Algebra ll, Honors Geometry ll, Geometry)
Charise Shaw, Chair
(Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus)
Tyler Simpkiss
(Algebra I, Honors Algebra I, Geometry)
Name/PositionContact Information
Michele Baskin, Chair
(Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry)
Gabrielle Harper
(Physics & Biology)
Nicolette Joseph
(Biology, Environmental Science)
Jacqueline Nickerson
(Anatomy and Physiology)
Eileen Pascucci
(Chemistry, Honors Biology, AP 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, Street Law)
Dwayne Williams
(DC History, US Government, AP US Government)
Specialized Instruction
Name/PositionContact Information
Megan Crowley
Troy Cudworth
(Character Exploration, Study Skills Development)
Ben Smith
(LEA Representative, Special Education Coordinator, Educational Counselor)
World Languages
Name/PositionContact Information
Joshua Jenkins
(Spanish I & II)
Laura Moticka, Chair
(Italian I, II & III, Senior Project )
Yura Schreiber
(French I & II)
Name/PositionContact Information
Charles Augins, Chair
(Ballet, Dance Potpourri)
Melvin Deal
(Ethnic Dance I & II)
Sandra Fortune-Green
(Ballet III & IV)
Tammy Hurt
Adrian Vincent James
Treanna Reid-Alexander
(Modern I, Dance Improvisation, Dance Orientation)
Katherine Smith
(Modern III & IV, Dance History, Senior Project)
Nikki Sutton-Mackey
(Physical Education, Dance Technique I, Dance Composition, Modern Dance II)
Nina Willner
Instrumental Music
Name/PositionContact Information
Joanne Alme
(Saxophone Technique)
Michael Bowie
Norman Brentley
(Flute Technique, Flute Ensemble)
David Cole
(Guitar Tech, Guitar Ensemble)
Reginald Cyntje
(Jazz Technique, Jazz Combo, Jazz Orchestra)
Leslie DeLaine
(Viola, Violin)
Tyra Flotte
(Clarinet Technique, Conducting, Wind Ensemble, Radical Elite Show Band, Music Theory II, Concert Band)
Anita Garcia
(Viola, Violin)
Dupor Georges
(Trombone Technique, AP Music Theory)
Brent Gossett
(Sight Singing II, Tuba & Euphonium)
Lynne Gray
(Piano Theory, Music History)
Heather Haughn, Chair
(Violin & Viola Technique, String Ensemble, Orchestra)
Kieron Irvine
(Trumpet Tech I-IV, Wind Ensemble, Radical Elite Show Band)
Margaret McGillivray
(French Horn)
Haewon Min
(Piano Technique, Piano Ensemble, Harp Technique)
Paul Morgan
(Composition, Music Theory II & III)
Janet Peachey
(Music Theory, Composition, AP Theory)
Denna Purdie
(Cello Technique, Concert Band)
Ada Saunders
Francis Thompson
(Percussion Technique, Music Theory)
Literary Media & Communications
Name/PositionContact Information
Eric Easter
(Journalism II & III)
Penny Hollis
(Media I, II & III)
Oscar Jamaal
(Mass Media & Communications I, II & III)
Jami Ramberan
(Media lll & IV, Senior Portfolio)
Shom Shamapande, Chair
(Writing for Media, Play Analysis, Playwriting, Journalism)
Derrick Weston Brown
(Creative Writing)
Museum Studies
Name/PositionContact Information
Nekisha Durrett
(Art A, Archives, Collections & Exhibitions, Exhibit Design, Digital Photo)
Jarvis Grant
(Archives, Collections & Exhibitions, Digital Media, Museum Communications l & ll)
Gabriela Lujan
(Curatorial Skills)
Ayanna Muhammad
(Art A, Cultural Studies, Art History, Gallery Management, Museum Communications III)
Jayma Natal
(Intro to Museum Studies, Museum Education & Interpretation)
Marta Reid Stewart, Chair
(Intro to Museum Studies, Curatorial Skills, Museum Education, Museum Internship)
Technical Design & Production
Name/PositionContact Information
Betty Fenner Davis
(Theatre Design I , II & III, Tech Production I, Theatre Operation I, Senior Project Theatre Tech)
Robin Harris, Chair
(Entertainment Careers, Scenic Technology, Stage Management, Theatre Operations II, Tech Production II, Senior Project Theatre Tech)
Michael Murray
(Costume Shop Manager, Costume Technology, Tech Production I, Theatre Operations I, Senior Project Theatre Tech)
Latrice Negron
(Senior Project Theatre Tech, Theatre Design I, II & III, Tech Production IV, Theater Operations)
Harlan Penn
(Senior Project Theatre Tech, Theatre Design I, II & III)
Thom Woodward
(Digital Arts Technology for Tech Design, Theatre Design I, II & III, Tech Production III, Theatre Operation III, Senior Project Theatre Tech)
Name/PositionContact Information
Kim Bey
(Acting IV)
Kaia Calhoun
(Styles, Acting I)
Caroline Clay
(Speech II & III)
Denise Diggs
(Speech I & II)
Charles Franklin
(Production II, III, IV)
Ken Johnson, Chair
(Senior Projects, Playwriting, Advanced Practice)
Vera Katz
(Acting II & III)
Dawn Naser
(Movement, Theater Operations)
Eric Ruffin
(Theatre History)
Greg Watkins
Roz White
(Musical Theatre)
Visual Arts
Name/PositionContact Information
Elana Casey
(Art A, AP Art History, AP Studio Art, Internship & Professional Practices)
Melchus Davis
(AP Studio Art, Drawing)
Mike Easton
(Art A, Drawing I, Drawing III, Painting I, Painting II)
David Ibata
(Art A, 2D Concepts, Art History, Drawing I, Drawing IV)
Patricia Little
(Photography (Imaging I & II))
Rodney Little, Chair
(Advertising Design, Computer Graphics, Drawing II)
Lionel White
(Printmaking, Sculpture)
Piankhi Zimmerman
(Computer Graphics II: Animation & Design)
Vocal Music
Name/PositionContact Information
Chester Burke Jr.
(Piano Theory I & II, Collaborative Pianist)
Marquita Cooper
(Vocal Technique I-IV, Concert Choir, Music History)
Anthony Daniel
(Sight Singing I)
Michael Ely
(Collaborative Pianist)
Martin Gallegos
(Collaborative Pianist)
Brent Gossett
(Sight Singing II, Tuba & Euphonium)
Xavier Joseph
(Vocal Technique I-IV, Concert Choir, Public Speaking)
Kelly Lenahan
(Collaborative Pianist)
Elena Prince
(Intro to Sight Singing)
Paige Rammelkamp
(Collaborative Pianist)
Stephen Rogers
(Sight Singing III, Concert Choir)
Monique Spells, Chair
(Vocal Technique, Diction, Concert Choir, Show Choir)
Refiye Tappan
(Collaborative Pianist)
Sylvia Twine
(Vocal Technique I-IV, Music History, Female Ensemble)
Roz White
(Musical Theatre)
Taylor Young
(Jazz Ensemble)