Trinity teachers and principals ruled the “Standing Ovation” awards for D.C. Public School personnel on November 4 at the Kennedy Center. Trinity graduates took top honors as the Principal of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and many other award winners. In fact, out of 38 awards given last week, 20 awardees are Trinity graduates or have participated in Trinity’s Continuing Education programs for teachers and school leaders. Congratulations to all! Here’s the list and some profiles of the awardees (click on the names to see their achievements):
Principal of the Year: Abdullah Zaki, Kelly Miller Middle School
Class of 2005, MSA in Educational Administration
Principal Zaki’s pride in the achievements of Kelly Miller students comes through in his remarks on his award video. He clearly connects with his students and makes each one feel welcome and part of the school family. During his time as principal at Kelly Miller, the academic performance of students has improved and truancy has virtually disappeared.
Trinity grads are establishing a tradition of winning Principal of the Year — last year’s Principal of the Year was David Pinder, MSA Class of 2007, at that time principal of McKinley Tech, now executive director of New Leaders DC.
Teacher of the Year: Kathy Hollowell-Makle, Kindergarten Teacher, Simon Elementary Schoool
Class of 2000, MAT in Elementary Education
“I believe in them” says Ms. Hollowell-Makle of her young pupils, and their responsiveness to her amazing teaching is very clear in their eyes and smiles on her award video. This is the kind of teaching we need in every classroom! First turned-onto teaching through Teach for America, Ms. Hollowell-Makle has become a great role model not only for her students but other teachers as well.
Excellence in Teaching Award: William A. Taylor, Secondary Mathematics, Wheatley Education Campus
Class of 2011, MSA in Educational Administration
A Rubenstein Award winner in 2011, William A. Taylor is renowned for the exceptional performance of his students in mathematics. Students on his award video say, “He gives us hope to succeed, he inspires us,” and “He makes math brighter for me.” One young woman asserts, “Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean he can’t be my role model.” High praise!
Other Trinity awardees include:
Excellence in Teaching Award
These awardees participated in Trinity’s Continuing Education Program:
Asonja Dorsey, 1st Grade, Maury Elementary School
Davey S. Yarborough, Director of Jazz Studies, Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Fran McCrackin, 1st Grade, Janney Elementary School
Hardett Taylor-Brown, Elementary Science Resource Teacher, Cleveland Elementary School
Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership
- Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal, Maury Elementary School, Trinity MSA Class of 2005
- Malaika Golden, Assistant Principal, Brightwood Education Campus, Trinity Continuing Ed
- Natalie Gordon, Principal, Jefferson Middle School Academy, Trinity MSA Class of 2008
- Deneen Olidge-Walker, Assistant Principal, Eliot-Hine Middle School, Trinity Continuing Ed
Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teachers
- Lulla Abraham, 3rd Grade Math, Harriet Tubman Elementary School, Trinity Continuing Ed
- Myrilyn A. Barr, Technology, Stoddert Elementary School, Trinity Continuing Ed
- Amador Jomuad, Secondary Math, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Trinity Continuing Ed
- Danyelle M. Kensey, Academic Resource Reading, Johnson Middle School, Trinity Continuing Ed
- Kalpana Kumar Sharma, Pre-Kindergarten, Brightwood Education Campus, Trinity Continuing Ed
- Dowan McNair-Lee, School-wide Enrichment Model Resource Teacher, Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Trinity M.Ed. Class of 2007
- Belinda Omenitsch, Read 180, Truesdell Education Campus, Trinity MAT 1994, BA Class of 1993
- Michelle D. Smith, 4th Grade Math, Drew Elementary School, Trinity Continuing Ed
- Amy C. Wertheimer, 2nd Grade, Watkins Elementary School, Trinity M.Ed. Class of 2002
Let’s salute all of these great Trinity teachers and principals! Congratulations!