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.

Ms. Boyd, AIDE (PK3)

Hi, my name is Ms. Boyd and I am excited to be a part of the ECE Team at Maury Elementary for the second year. I am excited to work alongside with Ms. Levin and the Eager Explorers. Through this virtual experience it will be a great adventure of learning and social emotional awareness. I ... Read More

Camelia McCandies, Special Education Math

Camelia is excited to join the Maury Community in the 20-21 school year, teaching Special Education Math, across the third through fifth grade levels. She began her career working in nonprofit administration, transitioning to the role of educator in 2012. Camelia comes from New Orleans, by way of North Carolina, and has spent the past ... Read More

Frankey Grayton, Music

Frankey Grayton II is a native Washingtonian, born and raised on Capitol Hill. Mr. Grayton is a product of the DC public school system and a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia. Music is one of his greatest passions, as he’s been a musician for 20+ years. Mr. Grayton loves being a ... Read More

Timothy Muha, Physical Education

My name is Timothy Muha and this will be my 8th year teaching Physical Education and my first year in DCPS. I was born and raised in Vienna, Virginia and have called the DMV home my whole life. I attended The Catholic University of America in Brookland, graduating in 2012 and starting my teaching career ... Read More

Rachel Hollander

My passion is working closely with my students and their families to create a meaningful learning experience for each student. I love to watch my students grow throughout the year and strengthen their confidence in themselves and their learning. I grew up in Long Island, New York. I attended Binghamton University, where I received a ... Read More

Maria Cali

Maria Cali

Maria Cali is excited to be joining the Maury team as a 5th grade Math/Science/Social Studies teacher. She grew up in the Boston area, and received her B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College. Recently, Ms. Cali finished her M.Ed in Elementary Education at Vanderbilt University. In addition to education, she is passionate about food justice ... Read More

Liz Nigro, Special Education

Liz Nigro teaches first and second grade special education and is elated to rejoin the Maury community after working as an interim special educator last school year! She was born nearby, in Fairfax, Virginia, and can’t wait for her fourth year in the DC public and public charter school system. Prior to teaching, she earned ... Read More

Corinne Carmichael

Originally from New York, I always loved school and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Child Studies, and Spanish, as well as a Master of Education degree in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. ... 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

Kim Wright-Spurlock, PK4

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.

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

Maria Maya

Maria Maya teaches Kindergarten at Maury. Previously, she was the Early Childhood Special Education teacher at Maury for three years. Ms. Maya grew up in Florida (Go Gators!) and moved to DC where she earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from The George Washington University. She began her career as a preschool ... Read More

Kathryn Jondal

Katie Jondal teaches 5th Grade Reading and Writing at Maury. She began her career at Maury as a kindergarten aide while she received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Maury, Ms. Jondal attended the University of Wisconsin — Madison where she studied Biology and Spanish. She originally grew ... Read More

Janine Levin, PK3

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

Emmanuel Appiah, PK3

Emmanuel Appiah, a.k.a. “Mr. A.” teaches PK3 at Maury. He was born in Woodbridge, Virginia and was raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mr. Appiah graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Go Hawks!) with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Telecommunications. Currently, he is working on his Master of Arts in Teaching for ... Read More

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

Jamila Pichon, PK3

Jamila Pichon teaches PK4 at Maury. Ms. Pichon officially joined Maury in 2018 as a PK3 educational aide. Prior to that she was a proud Maury parent from 2008-2018, and a regular substitute teacher at the school from 2016-2018. Ms. Pichon believes in the Latin proverb, “ by learning you will teach; by teaching, you will understand!”     ... Read More

Lindsay Bowers, Math Interventionist

Lindsay Bowers started her educational journey at James Madison University where she earned a Masters in Arts of Education from James Madison University. She continued her education a couple years later while teaching and received an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. Ms. Bowers has been in education for ... Read More

Laura Delaney, Social Worker

Laura Delaney joined Maury in 2017 with nine years of experience working as a school social worker in DCPS and charter schools. Ms. Delaney loves working in schools because she can work with children, educators, and families all in one setting. Ms. Delaney earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and ... 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

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

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 Reading 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 ... 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

Abby Sparrow

Abby Sparrow

Abby Sparrow teaches Grade 4 at Maury. Ms. Sparrow joined the Maury community in 2014, after teaching Grade 7 and 8 English Language Arts for six years at a DCPS middle school. Ms. Sparrow studied English and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. In her free time, she ... Read More

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

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

Ben Stone

Ben Stone teaches Grade 3 writing, science, and social studies at Maury. He has been teaching elementary learners since 2013.  He is a fellow of the Center for Inspired Teaching, a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Armenia, and holds a Masters of Elementary education from Trinity Washington University.  Ben loves teaching and learning. In his ... Read More

Emily Paterson, PK3/4

Emily Paterson began teaching Maury’s combination PK3/4 class in 2018. Prior to that, she served as a teacher’s aide at Maury for six years, with experience across a large span of grades, including Kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, and 4. She has also been a proud Maury parent since 2010! Mrs. Paterson has a B.A. ... Read More

Courtney Wolfe

Courtney Wolfe

Courtney Wolfe teaches Grade 1 at Maury. Ms. Wolfe joined Maury in 2013 as a reading specialist, and has taught both Kindergarten and combined Kindergarten/Grade 1 classes. Contact Ms. Wolfe.

Iris Jefferson, Aide (Grade 3)

Iris Jefferson has been working with children since 2009. I’ve joined the Maury team 2012 I am PTA Aide for third grade. I was born and raised in Prince George County now reside in D.C. I love spending time with family and friends. I believe that to teach them effectively you must touch their hearts long before you ... Read More

Kathryn Jondal, Aide (K)

Kathryn (Katie) Jondal joined Maury in 2018 as an educational aide in Kindergarten. Ms. Jondal is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University through a teacher education program called Urban Teachers. Ms. Jondal grew up in Minnesota, and recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a B.S. in Biology ... Read More

Lille Zucconi

Lille Zucconi teaches Grade 2 at Maury. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and her Master of Arts from Loyola University. For the past eight years Lille as taught in the DC school system. A DC native, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and experiencing DC’s rich cultural institutions and ... Read More

Lauren Falls, PE & Health

Lauren Falls joined Maury in 2018 as the Health and Physical Education teacher. Ms. Falls has previously worked in DCPS at the high school level.  While teaching high school, she also served as a coach and an assistant coach for several sports, including basketball, soccer, golf, and flag football. Ms. Falls enjoys working with children of all ages. She is ... Read More

Alan Malamud

Alan Malamud teaches fourth grade writing, science and social studies at Maury. Prior to joining the Maury family, he taught at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School for two years. Mr. Malamud is originally from Tokyo, Japan and came to the United States in 2013 for his higher education. Mr. Malamud obtained his BA in 2017 ... 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

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

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

Norah Rabiah, Reading Specialist

Norah Rabiah began her time at Maury Elementary in 2011 as the Instructional Coach. 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 ... Read More

Becca Sanghvi, English Language Arts Teacher Coach

Rebecca Sanghvi taught third grade and reading intervention at Maury before becoming an instructional coach. She has also taught first and second grade in DC charter schools and San Francisco public schools. Becca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from American ... Read More

Caitlyn Burns, Special Education

Caitlyn Burns teaches special education across the pre-k and kindergarten grade levels. She joined the Maury team last year as a paraprofessional in a PK4 classroom, and is so excited to return this year in her new role! Before joining the DCPS and Maury communities, she spent time teaching in the public charter and private ... Read More