Teachers

Grade Level Organization:

Maury Elementary School is divided into grade levels according to the following groupings:

  • Early Childhood Grades: Pre-school and Pre-kindergarten
  • Primary Grades: Kindergarten, 1, 2
  • Intermediate Grades: 3, 4 and 5

Students are grouped heterogeneously in self-contained classrooms in grades pre-school through 5. Consideration is given to special needs, male-female ratios, instructional levels, ethnic and racial diversity, and group dynamics. Parents are encouraged to write the principal a letter describing their child’s strengths, needs, and personality traits. Letters are accepted in the spring and will be considered for the fall placement. Students will be informed of their teacher’s name the week before school starts.

Katie Spellacy, Math and Science

Katie is starting her fifteenth year of teaching in the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to joining the Maury community Katie worked at Capital City Public Charter School and Bell Multicultural High School. Katie is enthusiastic about teaching and learning and loves working with children of all ages! Katie started her teaching career in the U.S. ... Read More

Erin Thesing, ELA/Social Studies

Erin Thesing is thrilled to join the Maury community as a fifth grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. She is passionate about creating authentic learning experiences that engage children in creating and advocating both in the classroom and in their communities. As a Fund for Teachers Fellow, Ms. Thesing traveled to Kenya and Tanzania, ... Read More

Katie Lloyd

Katie has taught first and second grade for seven years in Fairfax, VA and in Durham, NC. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Lynchburg University and her M.A. in Elementary Education from Marymount University. This will be her first year teaching at Maury. In her free time, Katie likes to cook, shop, and ... Read More

Tess Bertonneau

Tess Bertonneau became familiar with D.C. Public Schools and Capitol Hill area schools after student teaching in a Grade 3 class at Miner Elementary. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Brigham Young University, where she also earned a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification in December 2015. Ms. Bertonneau was ... Read More

Amadi Hemphill

Amadi Hemphill is excited to return to Maury as a Kindergarten lead teacher. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is a proud product of D.C. Public Schools. Ms. Hemphill graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and a minor in Spanish. Currently, she is working ... Read More

Amanda Mentzer, Think Tank

Amanda Mentzer is excited to be leading Think Tank for the 2016–17 school year. Prior to living in D.C., Ms. Mentzer taught math, science, and language arts to Grade 7 and 8 students in California and Maine. Previously, she was a civil engineer, and brings plenty of first-hand STEM experience to her teaching. This is ... Read More

Sam Hauslohner

Sam Hauslohner, Special Education

Sam Hauslohner is thrilled to be joining the Maury community! A Washington native, Mr. Hauslohner spent the last three years at Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax. He received his bachelor’s in American History from McGill University in Montreal.

Lindsay Bowers

I am thrilled to join the Maury Elementary community this school year! I am coming from Fairfax County where I taught for the last five years. I studied Elementary Education at James Madison University and recently finished an Administration and Supervision degree from the University of Virginia. In my free time I love to read ... Read More

Stefanie Gordon, Special Education (Primary)

Stef will begin her fourth year of teaching here at Maury for the 2015-2016 school year. Stef comes from a family of educators (both grandmothers, mother, and 2 younger sisters) so it was only natural she would become a teacher. Prior to teaching Special Education at Maury, Stef taught 2nd grade at a charter school ... Read More

Maria Zambrano, Special Education (Early Childhood)

I am originally from Florida, where I received a certificate in Speech and Language Pathology at Florida International University. I moved to DC where I earned a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education at The George Washington University. I began my career as a Preschool teacher with Arlington Public Schools and recently joined DCPS as ... Read More

Linda Cadiz Marks, Librarian

Ms. Linda Cadiz Marks is from Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a teaching license in both elementary education (K-6) and school librarianship (K-12).l She has many years of teaching experience. Some of her experiences are special education (SpEd), English Language Learner (ELL), grades 1-2, grades 3-9 (art), library media and information specialist, literacy coach and curriculum ... Read More

Lauren Dorsey, Teacher Aide

Lauren Dorsey is a passionate young woman from the state of Maryland. She is also a product of dcps and attended our very own Maury Elementary. She is recently now an alumnus from Moore College of Art and Design and The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She hopes to be a great and positive influence on ... Read More

Kevin Parker, School Psychologist

Kevin Parker has more than fifteen years’ experience as a School Psychologist. A native Washingtonian, Kevin is the product of Montessori schools and is a graduate of St. John’s College High School in upper northwest Washington. Kevin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD and earned his Master’s Degree ... Read More

Qinghua Wang, Chinese Teacher

Qinghua Wang, the new Maury Chinese teacher is in her tenth year teaching Chinese to DC elementary school students. As a member DC World Languages Committee, she helped develop the current DCPS Foreign Language Standards. Ms. Wang also wrote the curriculum for the DCPS Chinese language program. She has a master’s degree in early childhood ... Read More

Rebecca Sanghvi, Reading Specialist

Becca is starting her sixth year of teaching in the 2015-16 school year. She has taught first and second grade at KIPP DC, DC Bilingual Public Charter School, and a San Francisco public school. Becca holds a BA in creative writing from University of Pittsburgh, a MA in elementary education from American University and a ... Read More

Laura White

Laura White

Laura White is passionate about early childhood education! Prior to joining the Maury community, Laura was Ashoka’s U.S. Changemaker Schools Manager, which allowed her to learn from schools across the country that excel in building empathy in children. Most recently, Laura was a preschool autism teacher for Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program. Laura graduated ... Read More

Norah Rabiah, Instructional Coach

Norah Rabiah has been an Instructional Coach at Maury Elementary since 2011. Prior to 2011, she was the Assistant Principal and a classroom teacher at Murch Elementary and in Michigan. Norah has a M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan and received her Educational Leadership and Administration certificate from George Washington University. Norah is ... Read More

Kira Kliment

I graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. Having played soccer my entire life, it was no surprise that I played in college as well. My love of sports lead to working with the youth in the area and I decided to venture a little further west to ... Read More

Lindsay Raymond, PE & Health

I am so excited to join the Maury community and look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of health, fitness, and athletics with all of my students! I strongly believe that both Health and Physical Education are integral parts of the total education program for every student in any school district. The values, principles ... Read More

Mrs. Shanna Carr

For ten years Mrs. Carr has worked at Smothers ES in NE Washington DC as a classroom room teacher and an instructional coach. This year Mrs. Carr will join the Maury staff as a Math Resource teacher. Mrs. Carr loves technology and all that it can do to enhance the education of children. Mrs. Carr ... Read More

Mr. Nathaniel Rogers, Music

All Maury students have the opportunity to participate in music once a week. The music program at Maury is dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to experience both vocal and instrumental music, while teaching students how to listen, analyze, and evaluate music. Students will begin studies in music theory and music history, and will ... Read More

Ms. Lauren Bomba, Art

This is my third year teaching art and I feel so lucky to have begun my career as an art educator at Maury—a school and community that respects and celebrates the arts. I have always found a way to incorporate art into everything I do—even in my previous careers as a women’s health educator. Finding ... Read More

Ms. Carly Fox

Carly will begin her fourth year of teaching at Maury. She studied elementary and special education at Syracuse University, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Instructional Technology, which focuses on integrating technology into daily learning. Prior to teaching second grade at Maury, she taught first grade for three years at a charter ... Read More

Mrs. Asonja Dorsey

I have been at Maury for over 20 years. I am floored year after year when I see the transformation of my students. First graders grow so much academically in one year. I adore my little sponges. I have many teachers in my personal life. My mother is truly the best teacher I’ve ever met. ... Read More

Henri Cooper

I have taught for more than 30 years and have been at Maury for more than 20 years. I love the times when my students get that “I got it” look in their eyes; the times they have those “aha” moments, and then when they put those realizations into practice. It’s a wonderful feeling. Growing ... Read More

Mrs. Kim Wright-Spurlock

I have taught and been at Maury for close to 20 years. What I like most like about teaching is watching children when they “get it”. That aha moment is priceless. Knowing that you have touched a person’s life by helping them become educated in different areas is very inspirational.

Janine Levin

Janine Levin is passionate about teaching and learning! While she is originally from Boston, MA, Janine has lived in the DC area most of her life. She attended Montgomery County Public Schools before earning a BA in Elementary Education from Goucher College, an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from Towson University, and a Certificate in ... Read More

Mrs. Shirley Battle

I have been at Maury for 20 years. What I like most about teaching is interacting with the children and the awesome reward of observing students learn new things.  The love of children and the power of education inspired me to become a teacher. The most memorable part of this year was when students requested ... Read More

Ms. Mamie Vick

I love children! It’s such a joy to teach them and watch them grow and learn.  I love the sparkle that gets in their eyes and their excitement at mastering a skill.  I was inspired to become a teacher by my Kindergarten teacher, by the love she gave her students and her creativity in teaching. Everyday ... Read More