This year marks the 25th year of DC’s charter school law, and at the DC Charter School Alliance, we’re celebrating a quarter century of growth and success while sharing our vision for excellence for the next 25 years.
As part of that celebration, each month, we will highlight four members of our community who exemplify excellence. These scholars, teachers, staff, school leaders, and alums represent the best of the best. Tune in the first of each month to read about some of the incredible members of our charter school community and celebrate with us!
Jose Morales, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School Help Desk Coordinator
Jose, the Help Desk Coordinator at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, goes above and beyond to support students and staff. Whether it’s providing direct support in English or Spanish, or helping manage technology enhancement initiatives, his hard work and expertise help our community flourish.
Shellion Diaram-Grant, Eagle Academy Public Charter School 3rd Grade Teacher
Shellion, a 3rd Grade Teacher at Eagle Academy Public Charter School, is dedicated to providing a rich and robust learning environment for her students every day. It has become a norm for Ms. Grant’s students to excel in their academics and social emotional growth.
Ann Marie Wrin Yombo, Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School HR Manager
Ann Marie has been called “the heart of LAMB”. She is in her 10th year at Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School and has held a variety of positions, currently as HR Manager. She always conveys, without fail, that everything is going to be alright.
Amy Warden, St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School Director of Curriculum and Instruction
When there were no curricula on the market that focused on appropriate scope and sequence for students with the most severe and profound disabilities, St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Amy, created the St. Coletta Functional Life Skills Curriculum. She developed a curriculum for students 3-22 years old that includes resources and accommodations for a variety of needs, such as students with severe intellectual disability, autism, multiple disabilities, vision impairment, hearing impairment, and physical disabilities. She has presented this curriculum for preschools at the DC Early Childhood Education Summit, and is dedicated to training special educators to implement appropriate and functional academics to all students with significant disabilities. An educator at St. Coletta School for almost two decades, Amy Warden is passionate about adapting curriculum materials so that all students can be successful.
Annette Banks, Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School National External Diploma Program Advisor/Assessor
Annette, NEDP Advisor/Assessor, has served 25 years at Academy of Hope Adult PCS and 21 years in AoH’s National External Diploma Program (NEDP). Annette is dedicated to helping learners along their journey at Academy of Hope and to trust the process. She was featured in the February 2021 edition of NEDP News that was distributed to the NEDP staff at 89 agencies in nine states.