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Scholars and Staff of the Month

May 2019 Scholars of the Month

Debonaire Leonard | 12th grade
Debonaire Leonard has been a model scholar throughout the school year. Not only has he succeeded in his academics, but also in his personal life. With the help of his family and teachers, he was able to successfully focus on his schoolwork while overcoming the passing of his maternal grandmother. Debonaire’s gentle giant spirit allows him to remain humble. He is focused in pursuing a technical degree in automotive engineering. 
Jeremiah Holmes | 11th grade
Jeremiah Holmes is one of the most consistent and responsible scholars in the 11th grade. You can often find Jeremiah in any class modeling the school's expectations, as well as each teacher's expectations. Jeremiah is always prepared to do his best and he's quick to offer a fellow scholar some assistance in class. Jeremiah is enjoyable both in and out of the classroom and he deserves every commendation. 
Lamia Jenkins | 10th grade
Lamia is a caring and sensitive young woman who is a joy to be around. She is compassionate and understanding, and known among her peers as a real safe place and a friend. Miss Jenkins' lively spirit has landed her on the 2018-2019 cheerleading squad and she currently has a 3.1 GPA. She is an excellent scholar and and even better person. 
Kelin Martir Manzanarez | 9th grade
Kelin is a wonderful example of everything a IDEA scholar should be! She comes to class ready to participate and works hard to improve her work. Kelin brings a joyful, positive energy to those around her and encourages others to participate in what is happening in and out of the classroom. For these reasons, Kelin is May's student of the month. 

April 2019 Scholars of the Month

9th grade | Donte Jackson

Donte Jackson is a very hard-working student and is always willing to participate in class. He does a great job of staying on task and completing his classwork and homework in a timely manner. Donte works well with others in class and is always willing to assist those around him if they need it. He is very polite, and usually says “thank you” on his way out the door at the end of class. For all these reasons and more, Donte is more than worthy of being April's 9th grade student of the month. Congratulations Donte! 

10th grade | Tyler Newton

Tyler has made exceptional strides in geometry with his consistent effort and attention to detail. Tyler has propelled through his challenges since the beginning of the year by attending a majority of our Saturday school sessions and staying after school when necessary, for extra needed attention. Tyler's been exemplary as both a student academically and as a citizen in the school community. I am proud to be his teacher and to have had small hand in his growth.   

11th | Shane Townsend

The 11th grade team is proud to celebrate Shane for the scholar of the month for April. He is respectful to all community members. He takes responsible for his personal work and works well with others every day. Shane goes above and beyond with his classes and on the baseball team. We look forward in seeing him grow into the great leader we know he is.

12th | TaVon Ashton

TaVon has grown by leaps and bounds. His determination to finish strong has been evident during this past year more than years past. He is concerned about turning in assignments on time, getting his community service hours in on time. TeVon has grown through adversities while remaining positive and focused. TaVon has a desire to complete college with a degree in business and have multiple streams of income. This young scholar has written a book and has sold copies on Amazon. He also working on his real estate license and other business ventures. He is determined and goal oriented.

March Scholars of the Month
12th grade | DeAndre Williams
DeAndre has worked tirelessly this year to improve his grades and ensure he received a qualifying score to meet the requirement for college entrance. DeAndre has been accepted to the University of the District of Columbia and Prince George's Community College. Recently he applied to Delaware State University where he plans on majoring in business administration or education with a track to become a school administrator. DeAndre understands the need for a strong work ethic and a heart to give back. He can often be found having long discussions on youth and world views.
11th grade | Christiane Jackson
Christiane is a dedicated student. As a student in my English III class, she has demonstrated leadership and growth. She consistently follows up with me regarding her writing tasks ensuring that she has a clear understanding of what she is required to do. She has led her group in reading and completing text dependent tasks and she always ensures that she takes the opportunities granted to her to bring up her grade, as her performance in my class is paramount. She is a well-rounded student who is a pleasure to have in my class.
10th grade | Asiya Forester
A naturally curious student that is always wanting to do her best, Asiya Forester a 3.0 or better GPA student and is always performing above and beyond her peers. "Siaya," as she is affectionally called by her friends, recently took the Accuplacer test for the University of the District of Columbia, where she scored extremely high, qualifying her to take up to four college classes starting this summer. Aside from being a math superstar, she is a captain on the Lady Timberwolves softball team, and looking to become a member of the National Honor Society. This light-hearted, college-minded soul is this month's scholar of the month. 
9th grade | Zaria Etheridge
Zaria is a model student and cares greatly about her grades and success in her classes. She is constantly checking in with her teachers to make sure she has completed her assignments and works hard to get them in on time. In addition, her behavior in class and around the building is an example to all students. She is a pleasure to have in class. 

February Scholars of the Month


12th grade | Anthony McGill


Anthony McGill is a member of IDEA's men's varsity basketball team. He has been accepted to both Prince George's Community College, Allegany College of Maryland, and Virginia Union University. He has grown over the years in his maturity and academically. Anthony wants to attend college and continue to play basketball. He is excited about his academic success and the road ahead.


11th grade | Abrianna Holmes


Abrianna Holmes, while a soft-spoken scholar, is a force to be reckoned with in the classroom. She is fierce, flawless, and fearless during instructional time. She is a student you never have to ask for anything twice and is always willing to assist when needed. Ms. Holmes is truly deserving of this award.


10th grade | Delonte Cunningham


Delonte Cunningham is an energetic, high-spirited scholar who is super motivated to be great. He was a co-captain on the flag football team, has represented IDEA at the Speak Truth seminar at Dunbar High School, is a Model UN member, and plays on the IDEA men's baseball team. He does all of this while maintaining a 3.2 GPA. Delonte is always willing to help and to try new things. It is an honor to recognize Delonte as the 10th grade scholar of the month. 


9th Grade | Yuanise Hill 


The 9th grade team has had the pleasure of watching Yuanise grow into a mature young lady. She works hard in the classroom and on the court. In addition, to being a model student, she is always willing to assist her peers and be a team player. 

January Scholars of the Month
12th Grade | Malaysia Johnson
The 12th grade team is excited to celebrate Malyaysia Johnson as our Scholar of the Month for January 2019! She is consistently prepared, respectful, responsible, and works well with other others, specifically as Battalion Commander of the JROTC and a member of our National Honor Society. She celebrates with others and has received more than eight college letters of acceptance.
11th Grade | Lahyniah Phillips
Lahyniah is an enthusiastic learner and a great role model for her peers. She is well prepared to tackle classroom assignments, tasks, and group work in an organized manner every day. The 11th grade team is proud to celebrate Lahyniah Phillips as our Scholar of the Month!
10th Grade | Jalen Gross
Jalen Gross is truly a pleasure to teach, one of my top students. Jalen helps tutor other students after school, and sits in class next to students who might need help. Jalen is an amazing, mature, and extremely hardworking student. He is a true pleasure to have as a member of the IDEA Family. Jalen fully embodies IDEA's Five Guiding Principles.
9th Grade | Malik Jackson
Malik has shown much improvement within the second quarter. He has been open and willing to participate in community talks. He is beginning to accept accountability for his actions and trying to improve his behaviors. Malik is actively working on passing for the remaining quarters of the year and attending all classes throughout the day.  
December Scholars of the Month
Jacob Harrison--12th grade
Jacob enjoys being challenged in ways that cause him to think outside the box. Jacob is academically sound, earning a 3.54 GPA after the first two quarters in school. He very excited to have made this grade increase and wants to maintain this for the remainder of the year. Jacob is college bound, having been accepted to both Prince George's Community College and Montgomery College. He is actively pursuing other schools also. After graduation, he plans to join the military and become a special units officer.  
Dezaray Walters--11th grade
Dezaray Walters is an extraordinary student whose leadership skills have shown through this year. She always comes to class with a smile on her face which brightens the entire room. She comes to class willing and ready to learn. Not only does she takes time to make sure she understands the work she can often be found helping her peers. She's one of those students that executes all five of our guiding principles.  Anytime a teacher needs some assistance, she's willing offers to help in any way she can. She is an outstanding student with a bright future ahead of her.
Brandon Griggs--10th grade
Brandon is a self-motivated young man who is interested in being more and getting more out of life. Brandon has found new inspiration this year and is interested in seeing how well he can do in his classes.
Harold Beard--9th grade
Harold Beard has shown tremendous growth in the second quarter. His attendance has improved and he has assumed responsibility and leadership roles in his classes. Harold demonstrates a genuine concern for learning and approaches given tasks with a sincere desire to succeed.
November Scholars of the Month

Aireana Pimble-12th grade

Aireana has grown by leaps and bounds over this school year. Her level of motivation has hit the stars. She is applying to colleges, having thought-provoking conversations in classrooms, and getting serious about her future aspiration to own her own hair salon and spa.

Tyanna Jones-11th grade

Ty Jones is an enthusiastic student whose engagement not only helps her learn more in the classroom, but pushes others to learn more as well. Ty is appreciated by students and teachers alike because her enthusiasm is contagious. For example, in US History she is earning a 94% and was one of the first students to finish the upcoming project, "Does Abraham Lincoln deserve the title Great Emancipator?" In class she has led by example and the entire class benefits from her ability to work with, encourage, and lead others.

Trejure McLean-10th grade

Trejure is a selfless, quiet academic powerhouse who maintains a 3.2 GPA and earned a 4 on the English portion of the PARCC exam last year. Trejure passed the Accuplacer exam at the University of the District of Columbia, demonstrating eligibility to take college classes while still in high school. She is always prepared and ready to help others.

Christian Douglass—9th grade

Christian Douglas is an excellent student and peer. He is very responsible, motivated, and passionate student. He comes to school every day with a smile, an excitement for learning and the dedication for going above and beyond.

October Scholars of the Month
Here’s what IDEA teachers and staff had to say about our October scholars of the month:

Mekhi McKinney--12th grade


Mekhi is a leader on the varsity basketball team and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Student Government Association and a team player in every respect. He has already been accepted to several colleges and universities including Harrisburg University, Cheney University, Coppin State, Norfolk State University, and the University of the District of Columbia Community College.

Isaiah Scott—11th grade


Isaiah has shown much growth this year.  He is well on his way to becoming an outstanding leader in our IDEA community. Isaiah is a perfect example of a student that abides by our Guiding Five. He comes to class prepared to learn and to do his best. Isaiah is a leader in the classroom, often assisting the teacher with various tasks. He respects himself and others. There are times Isaiah will correct his peers and encourage them to do the right thing. He takes responsibility for his actions, and when he finds himself in the wrong, he apologizes and redirects himself.

Aviyanna Green—10th grade


Aviyanna is a self-motivated young lady who has achieved excellence since she arrived at IDEA. She emerged as a student leader the summer before her 9th grade year. She has taken a major interest in JROTC and is constantly a top performer in every class. She has received awards for math and English. In the first quarter she earned a GPA of a 3.5 or higher, which made her eligible for the Principal's Honor Roll.

Kendi Trejos—9th grade


Kendi is a hard-working student. She displays the Guiding 5 Principles by coming to school ready to learn and prepared for classes. She successfully transitioned from moving to the US and previously speaking only Spanish and become a fluent English speaker. She is always pleasant and well received by all of her peers.

September Scholars of the Month

Here’s what IDEA teachers and staff had to say about our September scholars of the month:

Caya Flythe—12th grade

“Caya was selected for being a consummate scholar. She is on time, dependable, and hungry and thirsty for knowledge. Caya has her eyes on meeting all her short-range goals and a plan to get there.She currently volunteers with the Metropolitan Police Department Fifth District as an event planner for senior citizens and youth.”

Jada Freeman--11th grade
"Diligent is defined as having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties or being industrious and hard-working. Another way to define it would be Jada Freeman. She exemplifies this and many other qualities that are part of IDEA's Guiding Five Principles, like showing respect, being prepared, and being a team player. She is outstanding person and student who continues to grow."
Justin Davis--10th grade
"Justin demonstrates maturity in his behavior and has shown significant growth throughout his time at IDEA. He loves participating in JROTC and is committed to the JROTC ideals. Justin is very focused and works to change his environment for the better."

DeNay Barnes—9th grade

“DeNay is a wonderful student to have in class. She participates with thoughtful things to say and works hard at everything she does. DeNay works great with everyone in the class and is a diligent worker. She is a creative student and an outstanding role model for her classmates with her positive attitude and great work ethic. She is truly a joy to have in class!”

October Staff Members of the Month
Chosen by their peers, these individuals embody IDEA's five guiding principles and are role models for staff and scholars alike.

Teacher of the Month Arianna Ashton, English Teacher


Ms. Ashton has created tools around writing and assessing on timed writing tasks. She celebrates her scholars, creates a strong classroom culture that responds to her, and works with both 9th and 10th grade English teams meeting and exceeding expectations.

Administrator of the Month: Lori Briscoe, 12th Grade Dean

Ms. Briscoe has worked tirelessly collaborating with instructors and other leaders to ensure that our scholars are career and college ready. To date she has tracked to push us past our benchmark for Quarter 2 with 38 college acceptances for our seniors.

Operations Team Member of the Month: Kester Gregorio, Facilities Manager


For your endless and fearless dedication to the team, the work, and the students, we appreciate and salute you. Kester manages a team of six and provides facilities, janitorial, and IT support wherever needed.

September Staff Members of the Month
Chosen by their peers, these individuals embody IDEA's five guiding principles and are role models for staff and scholars alike.
Teacher of the Month: Natalie Hinds
Here's what IDEA staff members had to say about Ms. Hinds:
  • "She has extraordinarily high expectations for herself and for her students."
  • "Her preparation and reflection around data are unparalleled."
  • "Her leadership in preparing for and teaching the Hamilton curriculum, helping scholars with their performances, and leading scholars and staff on the field trip to the Kennedy Center was outstanding."
Congratulations Ms. Hinds and thank you for your dedication to IDEA!
Administrator of the Month: Morrell Miles
Here's what IDEA staff members had to say about Mr. Miles:
  • "Mr. Miles is a model for positive contributions to school culture."
  • "He redirects students with emphasis and heart."
  • "He always checks to make sure classes are going well and helps keep the ninth and tenth grade hall clear during transitions."
Congratulations Mr. Miles and thank you for your dedication to IDEA!
Operations Team Member of the Month: Trina Sweet
Here's what IDEA staff members had to say about Ms. Sweet:
  • "She takes great initiative to get the job done."
  • "She always smiles!"
  • "She collaborates with the team!"
Congratulations Ms. Sweet and thank you for your dedication to IDEA!