Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff welcome open communication with students and families. Please call the school at 202-399-4750 to speak to a teacher. If the teacher is in class, please leave a message and the teacher will return your call.


Justin Rydstrom, Head of School/CEO
Lanette Bacchus, Principal
Debbie Guillaume, Director of Special Education
Nicole McCrae, Vice Principal of Academics
Mark Sturdivant, Vice Principal of Culture
Nicole Seward, Chief Operations Officer


*indicates lead teacher/instructional coach

Arianna Ashton
Marco Brooks
Natalie Hinds
Morrell Miles
Rebecca Sutherland

Tiano Brown
Andrew Fenner
Heidi Simonsen*
Sharif Talib
Teika Thompson

Kim Riley*
Jonathan Rudasill
Paul Saunders
Anneka Wiersma

Social Studies
Jason Saltmarsh
Melissa Simpson
Scott Ziegler

Special Education
Reginald Boyce
John Coughlin
Leroy Marshall
Monique Marshall
Germaine Smith*
Benedicta Tugbeh
Sonya Williams

Related Arts
George Bee, Army JROTC, Sgt. (Ret.)
Krystal Boone, Construction and design
Sendy Brown, Music
Shana Diagne, Spanish
Teri Greene, Art
Brandon Johnson, Physical education and health
Terrence Lewis, Army JROTC, Maj. (Ret.)
Ian Milne, Construction and design
David Mitchell, Construction and design


Ulises Bengoechea, Student Support Specialist
Lori Briscoe, Dean of Academic Affairs
Sara Graves, Transition Coordinator
Amber Owens, Dean of Students
Emilee Richmond, School Psychologist
Edgard Romero, Attendance Monitor
Melody Washington, Clinical Counselor


Nancy Bell, Food Service Team Member
Kinikki Brown, Operations Associate/Custodian
Ashley Coleman, Operations Associate
Kester Gregorio, Operations Manager, Facilities
Amadeo Gudino, Operations Associate, Custodial
Khary Lawson, Operations Associate, Maintenance
Nathalie Liburd, Operations Manager, Human Resources
Tonya Reeves, Operations Assistant
Jerome Thomas, Food Service Team Member
Tyrone Stroman, Operations Associate, Custodial
Trina Sweet, Food Service Team Member