2020-2021 Experiential Learning Fellows

Experiential Learning Fellowship

2020-2021 Cohort

Katie Bell

Katie Bell is in her sixth year at H.D. Cooke Elementary School in Adams Morgan. She started as the Spanish teacher, and has since served as a 3rd grade ELL teacher and 4th grade ELA teacher. Prior to beginning her teaching journey at Cooke, Katie taught English in Medellin, Colombia through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program, and worked as a case manager at Ayuda, a legal and social services organization serving immigrants in the DMV area.

What is your teaching passion? The thing I love most about teaching is that I am always learning so much. Watching my students come alive in the classroom when they encounter a problem or topic that interests them is both inspiring and invigorating.

Alejandro Diasgranados

Alejandro Diasgranados is a 4th/5th grade teacher at Aiton Elementary School. He attended High Point High School in PG County, Maryland, and received his B.S. in Health Science from Virginia State University in 2014. When Alejandro received his M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University in 2018, all 40 of his students were able to attend his graduation. In addition to his teaching duties, Alejandro has also drafted a grant to receive funding from the Washington Redskins for a laundry center at his school, hosted a coat drive at Aiton alongside Devante Smith-Pelly from the Washington Capitals, and was invited, along with his class, to cut the ribbon to the Lockkeeper’s House — the oldest museum in DC.

What is your teaching passion? I am passionate about providing my students access to a variety of people, programs, resources, and connections.

Chelsea Fifield

Chelsea Fifield has taught elementary school for six years. She currently teaches 3rd grade math at Tubman Elementary School but has also taught 4th grade and 1st grade. Before teaching in DC, she taught in Phoenix, Arizona. Chelsea did not always know that she wanted to be a teacher; it was while substitute teaching during her post-college job search that she fell in love with being in elementary schools and working with kids every day. She went on to get her masters degree in Elementary Education. She loves finding and creating opportunities to engage students after school; she has coached many seasons of Girls on the Run and is also the cheer coach at Tubman.

What is your teaching passion? My passion is building relationships with students and families that extend beyond the school year. I am passionate about helping students reach their goals and discover their passions and I love when former students are excited to tell me their accomplishments and passions as they get older.

Montez Freeman

Montez T. Freeman is a native of Springfield, Tennessee, where he first developed his passion for education and music. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011, Montez taught 2nd grade in Tennessee for five years. His next stop was Washington, DC, where he continued his educational journey by joining DCPS in 2016. He currently serves as an ELA teacher for 4th grade students at Tubman Elementary School. In addition to molding young minds and emphasizing the importance of reading and writing, Montez enjoys advocating for equity in the educational system through his membership in Kindred, a DC-based organization. Through this organization, Montez participates in the cultivation of dialogue and trust amongst parents, teachers, and staff; encouraging all parties to come together and address issues of injustice in the educational system.

What is your teaching passion? Making real world connections in the classroom and helping students see themselves in the content they learn.

Megan Greene

Megan Greene grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education and an English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement. Upon graduation, Megan moved to Washington, DC and began her career at H.D. Cooke Elementary School. She has taught 3rd grade math for three years and is excited to teach 4th grade math during the 20-21 school year. Over the past few years, Megan has participated in several fellowships: Agency by Design Maker-Centered Learning Fellowship, Deeper Learning Cohort, and National Building Museum Teacher Planning Group. She coaches soccer, poetry, and basketball at H.D. Cooke. Outside of school, Megan enjoys biking, cooking, camping, and playing board games.

What is your teaching passion? Using mathematics education as a tool for social justice.

Tenisha Marcel-Herbert

Tenisha Marcel-Herbert teaches 5th grade at Thomas Elementary School. In 2004, she received her B.A. in Music from Dillard University of New Orleans, Louisiana, followed by an Alternative Certification in Elementary Education from Southern University of New Orleans. In 2013, she earned a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration and is now in the final phases of completing a Doctorate of Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University. She enjoys spending time with her family, researching new instructional practices, and teaching herself video production to enhance the quality of her classroom instruction.

What is your teaching passion? As an urban educator, I have been driven to ensure that students overcome barriers that impact their learning. I want my students to have better experiences than I did as a child, especially when learning mathematics.

Avalon McOmber

Avalon McOmber grew up in Lexington, Virginia. She attended McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, and received a B.A. in Spanish Language. Upon graduating, Avalon moved to Washington, DC as an Urban Teachers Resident. Through the Urban Teachers program, she earned master’s degrees in Elementary and Special Education, and began teaching at H.D. Cooke Elementary School. Avalon taught 3rd grade for five years and will teach 4th grade ELA during the 20-21 school year. She has participated in Agency by Design: Maker’s Centered Learning Fellowship, Project Zero Global Studies Fellowship, and the Migration Re-Imagined Fellowship. When not in school, Avalon enjoys long trail runs, bike rides, trying out new recipes, and reading great books.

What is your teaching passion? Designing authentic curriculum and providing students with real-world experiences.

Brittany Murray

Brittany Murray is from Charlotte, North Carolina and has been teaching in DC since 2014. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in African-American Studies from North Carolina A&T State University and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning-Leadership from Liberty University. Brittany currently teaches at Turner Elementary School and is passionate about providing comprehensive literacy instruction to struggling readers. She enjoys watching crime shows, traveling, and spending time with family.

What is your teaching passion? My teaching passion is curriculum development with a focus on literacy. I enjoy seeing students grow in reading through creating instruction that supports both struggling and advanced students.

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