DC Charter School Community Members Who Exemplify Excellence (January)

Jan 10, 2022

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!


Racquel Reaves, Howard University Public Charter Middle School of Mathematics and Science 6th Grade Teacher
Racquel Reaves is a 6th grade teacher at Howard University PCS Middle School of Mathematics and Science. Racquel uses innovative instructional methods with content that relates to her students’ lived experiences. Her love and care for students make her an extraordinary teacher and a true asset to our school family.




Diana Acosta, E.W. Stokes Public Charter School Alumni
Diana Acosta, alumni of E.W. Stokes PCS, embodies the school mission as a leader who is committed to social justice. She enrolled shortly after her family moved from El Salvador. She went on to high school and graduated from Harvard University in 2014.





Gail Gray, Roots Public Charter School Teacher
Gail Gray of Roots PCS exhibits excellence by her dedication and creativity as a teacher. She is always well-prepared and organized in teaching her students. Her joyful spirit makes her a fantastic team player.




Michelle Tyler, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School 1st Grade Teacher
Michelle Tyler is an exceptional 1st grade teacher at E.L. Haynes PCS who balances love and high expectations perfectly. She demonstrates deep care for her students and their families. Her students make great academic progress because of her excellence!