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Contact Us

"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

Issue Based Contact List – In an effort to facilitate better community communication, please review and download the SY21-22 DESA Contact Chart on whom to contact for various subject areas. (Click Here)

2021-2022 Administration, Faculty & Staff

Name/PositionContact Information
Jevelle Branch
(Director of Operations & Collaborative Projects)
Isaac Daniel
(Interim Assistant Principal)
Donna Hayden
(Director of Administrative Operations)
Lisa Jones
(Assistant Principal)
Sandi Logan
(Head of School & Principal)
Savannah R. Overton Williams
(Director of External Affairs & Community Engagement)
Phone: 202.631.3129 (cell)
James Walker
(Director of Student & Parent Engagement)
Greg Watkins
(Director of STEAM and Arts Innovation)
Name/PositionContact Information
Deidra Bell
(Administrative Aide)
Melissa Bethea
(Library Media Specialist)
Jevelle Branch
(Box Office/Front House Operation Manager)
Melvin Clay
(IT Specialist)
Paul Falcon
(Technical Director)
Amber Golden
(S.H.A.D.E. President)
Tyler Hoyle
(Communications & External Affairs Manager)
Maria Lewis
(Attendance Counselor)
Veronica Martin
(Executive Assistant to the Principal)
Dana Nearing
(Registrar/Gender & Sexuality Alliance Advisor)
Phone: 202-727-6404
Nicolas Ojeda
(Instructional Coach)
Kayla Roach
(Admissions Associate)
Tony Starnes
(Audio/Visual Manager)
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
Cafeteria Manager
Jevelle Branch
(Director of Operations & Collaborative Projects)
Rhonda Keith
(Head Foreman)
Name/PositionContact Information
Barbara Bennett
(Senior Accountant)
Valerie Fowlkes Bynum
(Accounting Manager)
Arnold Hawkins
(Human Resources Officer)
Lee Jackson
(Director of Finance)
Student Support Services​
Name/PositionContact Information
James Ballard
Nicole Frazier
(Social Worker/504 Coordinator)
Cinthya Gianella
Delphenia James
(School Nurse)
Marquis Mathis
(Freshmen & Sophomores Counselor/Arts Counselor)
Suwana Reavis
(Juniors & Seniors Counselor)
Crystal Sylvia
(Social Worker & 504 Coordinator)
Name/PositionContact Information
Ayanna Hardy
(Musical Theatre)
Name/PositionContact Information
Gabrielle Dubose
(English II)
Suzette Francis
(English III, AP Language & Composition)
Cinthya Gianella
Habib Jah
(English I & II (Pre-AP))
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
Victor Ashiara
(Math Instructional Coach )
Joycelyn Banson
(Algebra I, Geometry)
Harry Geddis
(AP Statistics, Statistics, Algebra II)
Katrina Kasinowski
(Geometry, Algebra II)
Summaya Khalid
(Honors Algebra ll, Honors Geometry ll, Geometry)
Charise Shaw, Chair
(Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus)
Name/PositionContact Information
Cedric Buckley
(AP Biology, Honor Chemistry)
Gabrielle Harper
(Physics & Biology)
Nicolette Joseph
(Biology, Environmental Science)
Jacqueline Nickerson
(Anatomy and Physiology)
Eileen Pascucci
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)
Ivan Johnson
(LEA Representative/Coordinator)
Tarisai Lumumba-Umoja
(Special Education Coordinator)
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
(Dance Tech, Ballet ll)
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)
Reginald Cyntje
(Jazz Studies Director, Jazz Technique, Jazz History, Composition)
Tyra Flotte
(Clarinet Technique, Conducting, Wind Ensemble, Radical Elite Show Band, Music Theory II, Concert Band)
Dupor Georges
(Trombone Technique, AP Music Theory)
Lynne Gray
(Piano Theory, Music History)
Kieron Irvine
(Trumpet Tech I-IV, Wind Ensemble, Radical Elite Show Band)
Christina Kharazian
(Violin Technique)
Jisang Lee
(Sight Singing II, Tuba)
Margaret McGillivray
(French Horn)
Haewon Min
(Piano Technique, Piano Ensemble, Harp Technique)
Bruno Nasta
(Viola, Violin)
Janet Peachey
(Music Theory, Composition, AP Theory)
Denna Purdie
(Cello Technique lll, Cello Technique llll, String Ensemble)
Ada Saunders
Francis Thompson
(Percussion Technique, Music Theory)
Literary Media & Communications
Name/PositionContact Information
Eric Easter
(Journalism II & III)
Penny Hollis, Chair
(Media I,II,III, Play Analysis)
Oscar Jamaal
(Mass Media & Communications I, II & III)
Ellington Robinson
Aisha Tyehimba
(African American Lit, Senior Portfolio)
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)
Marta Reid Stewart, Chair
(Art A, Intro Museum Studies, Curatorial Skills, Museum Education, Museum Internship)
Technical Design & Production
Name/PositionContact Information
Betty Fenner Davis
(Costume Technology, Basic Costumes, Technical Production)
Robin Harris, Chair
(Curriculum & Logistics Coordinator/Instructor, Entertainment Careers, Stagecraft, Stage Management, Theatre Operations II)
Michael Murray
(Costume Shop Manager, Theatre Operations)
Latrice Negron
(Lighting Instructor)
Thom Woodward
(Audio Visual Technology, Audio Visual Design, Technical Production)
Name/PositionContact Information
Kim Bey
(Acting IV)
Kaia Calhoun
(Acting I Styles, Acting II Styles, Theatre History, Speech )
Kendall Claxton
(Introduction to Theatre)
Caroline Clay
(Speech II & III)
Ayanna Hardy
(Musical Theatre)
Ken Johnson, Chair
(Senior Projects, Playwriting, Advanced Practice)
Kyra Little
(Musical Theatre)
Dawn Naser
(Movement, Theater Operations)
Elizabeth Pringle
Keona Welch
(Audition Practices)
Visual Arts
Name/PositionContact Information
Elana Casey
(Art A, AP Art History, AP Studio Art, Internship & Professional Practices)
Mike Easton
(Art A, Painting, Drawing III)
David Ibata
(Art A, 2D Concepts, Art History)
Patricia Little
(Photography (Imaging I & II))
Rodney Little, Chair
(Art A, Computer Graphics, Design Tools & Techniques, Drawing II)
Jacqueline Maggi
(Printmaking, Sculpture)
Piankhi Zimmerman
(Computer Graphics II: Animation & Design)
Vocal Music
Name/PositionContact Information
Monifa Barrow-Wass
(Sight-Singing I-IV)
Rob Blount
(Intro to Sight Singing)
Chester Burke Jr.
(Piano Theory I & II, Collaborative Pianist)
Marquita Cooper
(Vocal Technique I-IV, Concert Choir, Music History)
Michael Ely
(Collaborative Pianist)
Antonio Espinal
Reginald Golden
(Concert Choir)
Xavier Joseph
(Vocal Technique I-IV, Concert Choir, Public Speaking)
Kelly Lenahan
(Collaborative Pianist)
Sandi Lewanika
(Sight Singing II)
Tess Ottinger
(Voice, Music History, Female Ensemble)
Paige Rammelkamp
(Collaborative Pianist)
Monique Spells, Chair
(Vocal Technique, Diction, Concert Choir, Show Choir)
Ying-Shan Su
(Collaborative Pianist)
Everett Williams
Taylor Young
(Jazz Ensemble)