Celebrating One Another at Standing Ovation


This message was sent to DCPS families from Chancellor Ferebee on October 27, 2022.

Dear DCPS Families,

For over a decade, the DC Public Education Fund has recognized DC Public Schools educators, staff, and school communities who exemplify excellence in their work through the annual Standing Ovation Awards. This year’s awards were presented on Thursday, and we are proud of the individuals and schools who are leading the way for our district.

Please join me in congratulating all the 2022 Standing Ovation Honorees!

Award for Schools: Build bridges to our students and families 

Bancroft Elementary School 

Hyde-Addison Elementary School 

Jefferson Middle School 

Award for Teachers: Educate students for success in a changing world 

Elleni Abebe, Social Studies Teacher, Roosevelt HS 

Perrinh Savang, Teacher, Janney ES 

Angela Isom, ELA Teacher, King ES 

Tia Clemmons, PE Teacher, Jackson-Reed HS 

Andrew Green, Music Teacher, Phelps ACE HS 

Award for School Staff: Support students for success in a changing world 

Kira Rowe, Counselor, Coolidge HS 

Malcolm Rivers, Pathway Coordinator, Ballou STAY 

Melissa Sweeny, Social Worker, Anacostia HS 

Marlen Giles, Instructional Coach, Eliot-Hine MS 

Rodney McDaniel, Custodial Foreman, Powell ES 

Award for School Leaders: Lead the way for innovation in our schools 

Alethea Bustillo, Principal, Bruce-Monroe ES 

William Haith, Principal, Anacostia HS 

Tyra Russell, Assistant Principal, Savoy ES (currently principal at Shepherd ES) 

Anna Katt, Assistant Principal, Hendley ES 

Charlette Butler-Strickland, Principal, Hart MS 

Award for Central Office Employees: Elevate supports for schools 

Baylen Brooks, Specialist, School Operations, Office of the Chief Operating Officer  

Kevin Washburn, Director, DCPS Library Programs, Office of Teaching and Learning 

Nathalie Navarrete, Manager, Educator Pipelines & Credentialing, Office of Leadership Development  

Sonya Soloway, Manager, Design and Innovation, OSIS  

Tamesha Freeman, Speech Language Pathologist, OTL/Division of Specialized Instruction 

At DCPS, we are relentless about pursuing innovative ways to serve our students and their families. I am honored to have a dedicated team that ensures that every student is loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life. 

In Partnership,

Lewis D. Ferebee, Ed.D.  

Local and National Reports Note Student Progress 📈
EmpowerK12 recently released a list of Bold Performance Schools, which are DC schools where at least 30% of students are designated at-risk but who are exceeding pre-pandemic expectations. Five DCPS schools were recognized as Bold schools and congratulations to: Burroughs, Burrville, Langdon, Garrison, and Payne elementary schools. 

According to data released last week in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), DCPS students in grades 4 and 8 maintained achievement gains in reading and saw changes in both grades’ math scores consistent with nationwide learning trends due to COVID-19. This was the first time the “nation’s report card” was administered since the pandemic began, and it identifies trends around DCPS’ acceleration strategies and commitment to close the educational opportunity gap. Learn more by reading our press release. 
New Engineering Labs Open at Dunbar and Phelps ACE 💡
This month, new engineering and technology labs opened at Dunbar and Phelps high schools thanks to a partnership between DCPS, Raytheon Technologies, and the National Academies Foundation (NAF). Supporting tech labs with the resources needed for innovative classroom experiences creates a space for tomorrow’s leaders to come up with solutions to our world’s most pressing problems. 
Electronic Calendar Now Available 💻
The DCPS district-wide calendar is now available to add to a calendar app on your phone, tablet, or computer. Click below for instructions on how to subscribe to the calendar and sync it to your device.