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"Education is all a matter of building bridges."

- Ralph Ellison

Duke Ellington School of the Arts
3500 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Main Office: 202.282.0123
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2022-2023 Administration, Faculty & Staff

Name/PositionContact Information
Isaac Daniel, Chair
(Assistant Principal)
Jamie Floyd
(Assistant Principal )
Donna Hayden
(Director of Administrative Operations)
Vernard Howard
(Director of Strategy & Logistics)
Lee Jackson
(Director of Finance)
Lisa Jones
(Assistant Principal / Chief of Academics )
Sandi Logan
(Head of School & Principal)
Keyonna Sims
(Dean of Students)
Greg Watkins
(Director of SEL (Social/Emotional Learning) & Student Affairs)
Name/PositionContact Information
Deidra Bell
(Administrative Aide)
Melissa Bethea
(Library Media Specialist)
Marco Brooks
(Instructional Coach)
Ajahmure Clovis
(Alumni Coordinator)
Phone: (202) 699-5323
Amber Golden
(S.H.A.D.E. President)
Jailyn Harrison
(Attendance Counselor)
Tyler Hoyle
(Communications & External Affairs Manager)
Veronica Martin
(Executive Assistant to the Principal)
Dana Nearing
(Registrar/Gender & Sexuality Alliance Advisor)
Phone: 202-727-6404
Kayla Roach
(Admissions & Enrollment Associate )
Tony Starnes
(Audio/Visual Manager)
Maxine Stone
(Executive Administrative Support Manager)
Ali Suroosh
(OCTO Tech Specialist)
Carolyn Thomas
(Administrative Support)
Jennifer Turner
(Testing Coordinator)
Trena Woods
(Academic Administrative Support)
Ellington Fund
Name/PositionContact Information
Ari Fitzgerald
Jackie Love-Baker
(Development Director)
Name/PositionContact Information
Cafeteria Manager
Rhonda Keith
(Head Foreman)
Finance & HR
Name/PositionContact Information
Barbara Bennett
(Senior Accountant)
Victoria Facyson
(Human Resources )
Valerie Fowlkes Bynum
(Accounting Manager)
Arnold Hawkins
(Human Resources Officer)
Lee Jackson
(Director of Finance)
Student Support Services
Name/PositionContact Information
James Ballard
(School Psychologist)
Peter Boccardi
(Social Worker)
Larry Davis
(9th & 10th Grades School Counselor)
Nicole Frazier
(9th & 12th Graders Social Worker & 504 Coordinator)
Cinthya Gianella
Delphenia James
(School Nurse)
Suwana Reavis
(11th & 12th Grades School Counselor)
Sabrina Smith
(In-School Support Specialist)
Crystal Sylvia
(10th & 11th Graders Social Worker & 504 Coordinator)
Name/PositionContact Information
Ayanna Hardy
(Musical Theatre)
Name/PositionContact Information
Gabrielle Dubose
(DESA & GoGo Music History )
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 Potpourri, Dance Composition, Modern Dance II)
Name/PositionContact Information
Andrew Asare
(Algebra I, Honors Algebra I, Geometry)
Victor Ashiara
(Math Instructional Coach )
Harry Geddis
(Algebra II, Probability & Statistics, AP Statistics)
Katrina Kasinowski
(Geometry, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II)
Summaya Khalid
(Honors Algebra ll, Honors Geometry, Geometry)
Charise Shaw, Chair
(Advanced Algebra w/ Financial Applications, Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB/BC)
Name/PositionContact Information
Cedric Buckley, Chair
(AP Biology, Honor Chemistry)
Gabrielle Harper
(Physics & Biology)
Eileen Pascucci
Lauren Williams
Social Sciences
Name/PositionContact Information
Sebastian Carias
(DC History, US Government, AP US Government)
Stephen Edge
(US History, AP World 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)
Specialized Instruction
Name/PositionContact Information
Megan Crowley
(Special Education Teacher)
Troy Cudworth
(Character Exploration, Study Skills Development)
Ivan Johnson
(LEA Representative/Coordinator)
Ben Smith
(SPED Coordinator)
World Languages
Name/PositionContact Information
Joshua Jenkins
(Spanish I & II)
Elie Matamba
Laura Moticka, Chair
(Italian I, II & III, Senior Project )
Yura Schreiber
(French I & II)
Name/PositionContact Information
Charles Augins, Chair
Whitney Brown
(Ballet I)
Sandra Fortune-Green
(Ballet III & IV)
Tammy Hurt
Adrian Vincent James
Lesina Martin
Treanna Reid-Alexander
(Modern I, Dance Improvisation, Dance Orientation)
Katherine Smith
(Co-Chair; Modern III & IV, Dance History, Senior Project)
Nikki Sutton-Mackey
(Physical Education, Dance Potpourri, Dance Composition, Modern Dance II)
Instrumental Music
Name/PositionContact Information
Joanne Alme
(Saxophone Technique)
Michael Bowie
Norman Brentley
(Flute Technique, Flute Ensemble)
David Cole
Reginald Cyntje
(Jazz Studies Director, Jazz Technique, Jazz History, Composition)
Isaac Daniel, Chair
(Assistant Principal)
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)
Denna Purdie
(Cello Technique lll, Cello Technique llll, String Ensemble)
Ada Saunders
Francis Thompson
(Percussion Technique, Music Theory)
Cinematic Arts and Media Production
Name/PositionContact Information
Elon Durant
(Cinematic Arts Production IV, Senior Project & Play Analysis)
Eric Easter
(Co-Chair; Journalism I & II, Arts Internship (Entrepreneurship))
Elanna Haywood
(Journalism III & Writing for Media)
Penny Hollis, Chair
(Cinematic Arts Production A/B, II & III)
Derrick Weston Brown
(Writing Workshop IA & IB & Writing Workshop IIA & IIB)
Museum Studies
Name/PositionContact Information
Lamarr Funn
(Intro to Museum Studies, Museum Education & Interpretation)
Jarvis Grant
(Archives, Collections & Exhibitions, Digital Media, Museum Communications l & ll)
Ayanna Muhammad
(Art A, Cultural Studies, Art History, Gallery Management, Museum Communications III)
Francesca Scott
(Museum Internship (Arts Internship), Curatorial Skills, Design I, Archives, Collections & Exhibitions II, Art A)
Marta Reid Stewart, Chair
(Art A, Intro Museum Studies, Curatorial Skills, Museum Education, Museum Internship)
Barry Wilson
(Exhibit Design I, Exhibit Design II)
Technical Design & Production
Name/PositionContact Information
Kalif Aljami
(Scenic Coordinator / Instructor)
Monifa Christian
(Costume Instructor)
Euripes "Walter" Claassen
(Props Master)
Adarra Davis
(Production Manager)
Robin Harris, Chair
(Curriculum & Logistics Coordinator/Instructor)
Henry Joseph
(Mass Media Instructor)
Michael Murray
(Costume Coordinator / Instructor)
Mark Ricks
(Master Electrician / Instructor)
Alberto Segarra
(Technical Director / Lighting Coordinator / Instructor)
Thom Woodward
(Audio Coordinator /Instructor)
Name/PositionContact Information
Kim Bey
Doug Bowles
(Theatre Styles)
Kaia Calhoun
(Acting I Styles, Acting II Styles, Theatre History, Speech )
Ryan Fields
(Theatre Intern)
Jacqueline Hammond
(Acting III)
Ayanna Hardy
(Musical Theatre)
Tammy Hurt
(Theatre Dance & Theatre Styles)
Ken Johnson, Chair
(Senior Projects, Playwriting, Advanced Practice)
Le'Asha Julius
(Introduction to Theatre)
Elizabeth Mpanu
(Theatre Intern)
Dawn Naser
(Movement, Theater Operations)
Elizabeth Pringle
(Play Writing)
Christopher Richardson
(Theatre Styles)
Noemy Rivera
(Office Manager)
Eric Ruffin
(Acting IV)
Kevin Thorne
(Introduction to Theatre)
Keona Welch
(Acting II)
Visual Arts
Name/PositionContact Information
Elana Casey
(Art A, AP Art History, AP Studio Art, Internship & Professional Practices)
Mike Easton, Chair
(Art A, Painting, Drawing III)
Derek Horton
(2D Concepts, Advertising Design)
David Ibata
(Art A, 2D Concepts, Art History)
Jacqueline Maggi
(Printmaking, Sculpture)
Alexander McSwain
(Computer Graphics, Animation)
Vocal Music
Name/PositionContact Information
Monifa Barrow-Wass
(Sight-Singing I-IV)
Rob Blount
(Intro to Sight Singing)
Chester Burke Jr.
(Piano Theory I, Piano Theory II, Vocal Accompanist)
Koon Ee (Alex) Chan
Irene Datcher
(Jazz Ensemble)
Michael Ely
Antonio Espinal
Xavier Joseph
(Vocal Technique)
Patrick Lundy, Chair
(Concert Choir & Music Theory)
Danielle McKay
(Music History)
David Ottinger
(Sight Singing II)
Tess Ottinger
(Voice, Music History, Female Ensemble)
Paige Rammelkamp
(Collaborative Pianist)
Liz Sellers
Monique Spells
(Vocal Technique, Concert Choir)
Taylor Young
(Jazz Ensemble)