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Jamie Dawson

Jamie has experience teaching science at various secondary levels over the past decade.  His teaching career began as a teaching assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park where he was responsible for developing and teaching biology lab classes.  Jamie then taught 7th and 8th grade science for Prince George’s County Public Schools for eight years.  Jamie also previously taught science at the SEED School of Maryland in Baltimore. 

Jamie has held numerous leadership roles during his teaching career.  In Prince George’s County he served as the Science Department Chair, Science Fair Coordinator and as an AVID site team member for Drew-Freeman Middle School.  Jamie was also a member of the School Planning and Management Team at Drew-Freeman Middle School.  He also has served as a Job-A-Like mentor for new teachers. 

Jamie was the Secondary Science Content Seminar Leader for the Prince George’s County Teaching Fellows Program from 2007-2011.  As the Content Seminar Leader, he worked with middle and high school science teachers on creating standards-based lesson plans and assessments, as well as using classroom data to inform their instructional decisions.  In this position, he modeled secondary science classroom instructional strategies and served as a mentor to the Teaching Fellows. 

Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Science) from Howard University.  Jamie recently earned a Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University in 2010.

Jamie proudly serves as a Secondary Science Master Educator.

Sabriya Dempsey

M. Sabriya Dempsey comes to the master educator team with more than 20 years of experience teaching various levels of science. Sabriya taught general science and biology including AP biology and anatomy and physiology in the School District of Philadelphia. She has served as the science department head, sponsor for the FIRST robotics competition, and medical academy coordinator. She was on the George Washington Carver Science Fair Committee, the city-wide science fair competition in Philadelphia.

Sabriya spent more than five years in the curriculum office preparing the Core Curriculum and planning documents for high school science in Philadelphia.  She provided professional development opportunities for both teachers and administrators. She has reviewed science test items at the district and state level. In addition, Sabriya has presented at national conferences and has provided training sessions for high school science teachers in partnership with colleges and universities.

Sabriya also served as an administrator at a K-12 school in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia providing professional development for teachers and curriculum support.

Sabriya received a Bachelor of Science in Science Education at Temple University, and Master of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sabriya proudly serves as a Secondary Science Master Educator.

Leslie Edwards

Leslie Edwards taught ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade English in Prince George’s County and earned her National Board Certification in English Language Arts before coming to DCPS as a master educator in secondary language arts.

Over her last three years in the classroom, Leslie’s students began tenth grade English with an anticipated pass rate of 40% on Maryland's High School Assessment for English, yet over 74% of those students ultimately passed the exam after a year in her class.

Leslie has presented at professional development forums on standards-based instruction and data utilization. She has also mentored teaching fellows, resident teachers, National Board candidates, and University of Maryland interns. Leslie served as a facilitator with the Thurgood Marshall Institute at Howard University, as the testing coordinator for a Prince George’s County evening high school site, and as the teacher coordinator for the Ninth Grade Academy at her school.

Leslie earned a B.A. in English Education from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and Administration from McDaniel College.  She also served as a Secondary English Master Educator for the past four years, and championed Impact initiatives such as Inter-School Collaborative Learning Cycles and support for teachers in the 40 lowest performing schools. Leslie is currently serving as a Senior Master Educator to further support ELA teachers and fellow master educators alike.

Jon Englebrecht

Jon Englebrecht comes to DCPS with a wide variety of experience and instructional knowledge. He served as a Resident Teacher of high school mathematics Baltimore County for five years, teaching everything from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus III. In addition to teaching math, Jon coordinated a STEM Academy, as well as taught a section of AVID.

Jon has spent his time with a student-centered, problem-based approach to teaching. He is skilled in questioning and classroom management techniques, as well as conferencing strategies and data-analysis techniques. He is proud and excited to join DCPS to support teachers and students in achieving their goals.

Jon will be serving as a Master Educator of Mathematics.

Anthony Hiller

Anthony Hiller, with an instructional background in both Social Studies and Language Arts, joins DCPS after serving nearly seven years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.

During his time in Charlotte, Anthony worked as a teacher, mentor, and instructional facilitator.   In 2010, Anthony was selected as a founding staff member for the district’s first public Montessori middle grades program. As the program’s lead teacher, Anthony taught 7th and 8th graders in multiage classroom settings.  Over 90% of Anthony’s students each year have achieved a level of proficient or above proficient on the North Carolina End of Grade Tests in Reading Comprehension.  

Earlier in his career, Anthony was nominated and admitted into the district’s Leaders for Tomorrow cohort, which aims to develop and train future urban school leaders.  In addition, Anthony has served on several school and district-level leadership groups, including three years as his school’s choice for Teacher Advisory Council.

Anthony is a proud graduate of Wayne State University (B.A. Social Studies) in 2005 and Winthrop University (M.Ed Educational Leadership) in 2012.  In addition, Anthony achieved his National Board Certification in Early/Young Adolescence Social Studies in 2011. 

Anthony will be serving DCPS as a Master Educator for Humanities.

Ijeoma Kush

Ijeoma Kush taught intermediate elementary and middle school social studies in Baltimore City Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools before coming to DCPS to serve as a master educator.

Ijeoma has had the opportunity to observe and support almost 800 teachers and worked with the Master Educator program since its inception serving as a Humanities master educator, Senior Master Educator, and currently the Director of the Master Educator Program. She has supported the program by developing and facilitating extensive training sessions to master educators and school leaders on providing effective feedback to teachers and is now managing the new initiative of coaching new teachers in the 40 Targeted Schools.

As a classroom teacher, Ijeoma assisted with the implementation of a grade-level reading intervention and test preparation initiative that resulted in an increase in one to two reading levels for the students involved in the program. Ijeoma also co-founded a leadership program for eighth graders in Prince George’s County that resulted in a 30% increase in the number of students who made the honor roll and a 40% improvement in student test scores by the end of the first year.

Ijeoma served as a team leader at two of her schools and wrote curriculum and trained teachers to use “A Cultural Exchange,” a culture-based literacy program.

Ijeoma earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics/Philosophy and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and an administrator certificate from the Catholic University of America.

Ijeoma is a proud native of the District of Columbia, attended Takoma Education Campus and graduated from Benjamin Banneker SHS.

Mark LaLonde

Prior to joining the master educator team, Mark LaLonde spent 7 years teaching Social Studies in DCPS. During this time, Mark worked at Hine Junior High School and Roosevelt Senior High School teaching 7th through 12th grade classes.  While teaching at Roosevelt, Mark served as the Social Studies Department Chair, Lead Teacher and a member of the School Leadership Team.  In addition, Mark founded and coordinated the Roosevelt Model UN Club, which supported student understanding and involvement in Global Issues. 

In 2011, Mark was profiled in the DCPS Reality PD Video Series with his 9th Grade World History class.  He was also honored as a Highly Effective Teacher for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years. 

Outside of class, Mark worked as a curriculum advisor to Global Classrooms DC in support of their programs in the Washington DC Region.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in Secondary Education.

Mark will be serving as a Master Educator in Social Studies.

Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy is excited to begin her twelfth year in DC Public Schools. She brings her experience as a high school English teacher at Columbia Heights Education Campus and Cardozo Senior High School to her position as master educator for secondary language arts. She received her National Board Certification in English Language Arts, Adolescence and Young Adulthood.

In her first year of teaching in the district, Elizabeth was honored with the New Teacher of the Year Award for all DCPS schools. She was a DC finalist for the National Teacher of the Year Award in 2006, received the Masonic Scottish Right Public Educator Excellence Award in 2007, and was named Columbia Heights Education Campus Teacher of the Year in 2009.

During her time in DCPS, Elizabeth has held many leadership positions including instructional coach; tenth grade lead teacher; mentor teacher; and cooperating teacher to pre-service interns from George Washington, American, and Catholic Universities. She was a member of her school's leadership team and was elected to the Local School Restructuring Team.

Elizabeth strongly believes that the most effective way to maximize student achievement is through rigorous curriculum that is accessible and relevant to all students. In 2008, she led her tenth grade English team in meeting AYP for the first time in three years with a gain of 17% from the previous year - the largest gain of any high school, public or charter, in DC that year.

Elizabeth earned a Master of Education from The George Washington University in Secondary Education with certification in both Transition Special Education and English as a Second Language. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Kent State University. Elizabeth resides in the district with her husband and two children.

Elizabeth proudly serves as a Master Educator for English.

Kathleen Munford

Kathleen Munford brings a wealth of instructional knowledge, professional development facilitation and data analysis to the DCPS Master Educator team. She served as a middle school math teacher in Philadelphia Public Schools before moving to Maryland and teaching special education and multiple math courses to high school students. Kathleen transitioned to DCPS as an instructional coach for one year.

In additional to classroom instruction and coaching teachers, Kathleen has coordinated college and career readiness initiatives, led positive school culture programs and mentored first and second year teachers. During her first year as a Master Educator, Kathleen led Collaborative Learning Cycles and provided individual support for math teachers in the 40 Targeted School in DCPS. Kathleen is currently serving on a team of leaders to continue extensive coaching support in the 40 Targeted Schools.

Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economic from Loyola University Maryland. She also holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kathleen will be serving as a Senior Master Educator for STEM, Art, Music Health/Physical Education and CTE.

Bregeneve Ocansey

Bregeneve Ocansey taught upper elementary and middle school English and Social Studies over nine years in the District of Columbia and in Atlanta. She has also served as an instructional coach and provided professional development in a variety of areas such as differentiated instruction, gender specific instructional strategies, Writer’s Workshop and formative assessment.  

During Bregeneve’s time as a teacher her students had a 100% passage rate on Georgia’s English Language Arts Criterion Referenced Competency Test and a 94% passage rate on the Reading Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.   In addition, Bregeneve served as a mentor teacher with Metro Resa’s Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy and collaborated in creating a writing framework and a common Reading and English Language Arts assessment for Atlanta Public Schools.  

Bregeneve is a certified Gurian Trainer of Single Gender Education and was awarded the Georgia State Board of Education Recognition Award of Excellence in 2011 for her contributions to student achievement.

Bregeneve earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership.  She is proud to serve DCPS as an English Master Educator.

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