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.

Heather Duncan

Heather Duncan

Heather Duncan brings 13 years of education experience to Maury.  She has taught middle level Language Arts, 5th grade and most recently she was a reading teacher for k-5 at Arbor Grove Elementary School in Oklahoma City. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma in education and has received training in Reading ... Read More

VanNessa Duckett

VanNessa Duckett teaches Grade 4 at Maury. She has been an elementary classroom teacher for nearly 20 years, with experience ranging from early childhood to Grade 5. Ms. Duckett has taught at Maury for almost 16 years, and she spent three years mentoring new teachers in DC Public Schools and managing a Proving What’s Possible grant ... Read More

Lindsay Bowers

Lindsay Bowers teaches Grade 3 Reading and English Language Arts. She joined the Maury community in 2015, after teaching in Fairfax County for five years. Ms. Bowers studied Elementary Education at James Madison University and earned a Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Ms. Bowers loves to read ... Read More

Tess Bertonneau

Tess Bertonneau teaches Grade 2 at Maury. She became familiar with DC Public Schools and Capitol Hill area schools as a student teacher 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 ... Read More

Henri Cooper

Henri Cooper teaches Grade 1 at Maury, where she has taught for more than 20 years. Of her 30 years of teaching, she says: “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 put those realizations into practice. It’s a wonderful ... Read More

Shirley Battle

Shirley Battle is a Kindergarten teacher, and has taught at Maury for over 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. I am so proud when ... Read More

Lauren Bomba, Art

Lauren Bomba has taught Art at “Studio Maury” since 2012, and strives to make art integral to all areas of student learning: “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 ... Read More

Katie Spellacy

Katie Spellacy teaches Grade 3 Writing, Science, and Social Studies, and brings over 15 years of teaching experience. Prior to joining the Maury community, Ms. Spellacy worked at Capital City Public Charter School and Bell Multicultural High School. She is enthusiastic about teaching and learning and loves working with children of all ages! Ms. Spellacy started her teaching career in ... Read More

Stephanie Conant, Think Tank

Stephanie Conant is thrilled to join the Maury community as the Think Tank teacher. Ms. Conant received her bachelor’s degree from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa in English and Environmental Science. Next, she served as an AmeriCorps and FoodCorps service member in northeast Iowa, helping schools develop school wellness teams and gardens. She received a Master of Arts degree ... Read More

Kira Kliment

Kira Kliment, a.k.a. “Ms. Kira,” teaches PK4 at Maury. Ms. Kira graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. A life-long soccer player, her love of sports lead to working with youth during college. After college, Mr. Kira was accepted to Americorps as part of the City Year program in Cleveland, Ohio, ... Read More

Abby Sparrow

Abby Sparrow

Abby Sparrow teaches Grade 4 at Maury.

Asonja Dorsey

Asonja Dorsey teaches Grade 1, and has taught 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 ... Read More

Janine Levin

Janine Levin has taught PK3 at Maury since 2010. While she is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Levin has lived in the DC area most of her life. She attended Montgomery County Public Schools before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Goucher College, a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University, ... Read More

Shanna Williams-Carr

Shanna Willams-Carr teaches Grade 3 Math, and began her career at Maury as a Math Resource Teacher. Prior to joining Maury, she spent 10 years at Smothers Elementary School as a classroom teacher and an instructional coach. Mrs. Carr loves technology and all that it can do to enhance the education of children! Mrs. Carr grew ... Read More

Amadi Hemphill

Amadi Hemphill teaches Kindergarten at Maury. She was born and raised in Washington, DC, and is a proud product of DC Public Schools. Ms. Hemphill graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish. Currently, she is working on her Master of Education at Trinity University. Ms. Hemphill ... Read More

Carly Fox

Carly Fox teaches the Grade 1/Grade 2 combined class. Ms. Fox studied elementary and special education at Syracuse University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Instructional Technology, which focuses on integrating technology into daily learning. Before joining Maury in 2012, she taught Grade 1 for three years at a DC charter school. Contact Ms. ... Read More

Mamie Vick

Mamie Vick teaches PK3 at Maury, where she has taught for nearly 20 years. “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 ... Read More

Courtney Wolfe

Courtney Wolfe

Courtney Wolfe teaches Kindergarten at Maury. Ms. Wolfe joined Maury in 2013 as a reading specialist, and taught the Kindergarten/Grade 1 combined class for two years. Contact Ms. Wolfe.

Laura White

Laura White

Laura White, a.k.a. “Ms. Laura,” teaches the PK3/PK4 combined class at Maury. Prior to joining the Maury community, Ms. 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, Ms. Laura was a preschool autism teacher for Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program. Laura ... Read More

Kim Wright-Spurlock

Kim Wright-Spurlock teaches PK4, and has been teaching at Maury for more than 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.” Contact Ms. Wright-Spurlock.

Katie Linn

Katie Linn teaches Grade 2 at Maury, and has over eight years of experience in teaching at schools in DC, Fairfax, Virginia, and Durham, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Lynchburg University and her Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Marymount University. In her free time, Ms. Linn likes to cook, shop, and ... Read More

Nikki Barber

Nikki Barber is the Grade 5 Math, Science, and Social Studies teacher. Ms. Barber is a native Washingtonian and a proud graduate of DC Public Schools! She attended Amidon Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, and Ballou Senior High School. Ms. Barber received a full, 4-year academic scholarship to Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she graduated ... Read More

Leah Hathaway, PE & Health

Leah Hathaway teaches Physical Education and Health at Maury. Ms. Hathaway is originally from upstate New York where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a Concentration in Adapted Physical Education. She earned a master’s degree in Sport Management from SUNY-Cortland. Ms. Hathaway is committed to providing individuals with the support they need to discover their true potential: “Developing overall ... Read More

Sam Hauslohner

Sam Hauslohner, Special Education

Sam Hauslohner has taught Special Education at Maury since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Hauslohner taught at Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, Virginia. A Washington native, he received his bachelor’s degree in American History from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Mr. Hauslohner is an enthusiastic gardener, and co-chairs the Maury Garden Club. He also led the Grade 5 ... Read More

Stefanie Gordon, Special Education

Stefanie Gordon has taught Special Education at Maury since 2011. Ms. Gordon comes from a family of educators—both grandmothers, mother, and two younger sisters—so it was only natural she would become a teacher. Prior to joining Maury, Ms. Gordon taught Grade 2 at a charter school in DC, as well as special education in other DCPS schools. Ms. Gordon ... Read More

Maria Maya, Special Education

Maria Maya teaches Special Education at Maury. Ms. Maya is originally from Florida, where she received a certificate in Speech and Language Pathology from Florida International University; she earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from The George Washington University. Ms. Maya began her career as a preschool teacher with Arlington Public Schools, and joined DCPS as a First ... Read More

Linda Cadiz Marks, Librarian

Linda Cadiz Marks is from Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a teaching license in both elementary education and school librarianship. Ms. Marks has many years of teaching experience, which includes experience with special education, English Language Learners, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-9 (art), library media and information, literacy, and curriculum coordination. In her spare time, Ms. Marks enjoys hula, ballroom dance, ... 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

Nathaniel Rogers, Music

Nathaniel Rogers teaches Music at Maury. Mr. Rogers has designed the music program at Maury to provide students with an opportunity to experience both vocal and instrumental music, while teaching students how to listen, analyze, and evaluate music. Students have studies in music theory and music history, and have the opportunity to learn about the connections between ... Read More

Kevin Parker, School Psychologist

Kevin Parker has more than 15 years experience as a school psychologist. Mr. Parker divides his time equally between Maury and Brent Elementary School; he is at Maury all day Mondays and Wednesdays, and on Friday mornings. A native Washingtonian, Mr. Parker is the product of Montessori schools and is a graduate of St. John’s College High School in upper northwest ... Read More

Qinghua Wang, Chinese

Qinghua Wang (pronounced Ching Wah Wong) has more than 10 years of experience teaching Chinese to DC elementary school students. As a member of the 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 ... Read More

Rebecca Sanghvi, Reading Specialist

Rebecca Sanghvi is a Reading Specialist at Maury. She has eight years of experience, including teaching positions at KIPP DC, DC Bilingual Public Charter School, and a San Francisco public school. Ms. Sanghvi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from American University, and a ... Read More

Norah Rabiah, Instructional Coach

Norah Rabiah has been Instructional Coach at Maury Elementary since 2011. Prior to 2011, she was the assistant principal and a classroom teacher at Murch Elementary in DC, and began her career in Michigan. Ms. Rabiah has a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan and received her Educational Leadership and Administration Certificate ... Read More