Monica Arciga, Kindergarten Teacher (Dual Language)

A DC Teaching Fellow, Ms. Arciga is a dual language kindergarten teacher entering her fourth year at Powell ES. Rated Highly Effective, Ms. Arciga strives to help each student reach her/his individual academic potential. Prior to teaching, Ms. Arciga conducted research on education policy for K-12 English Language Learners for the Migration Policy Institute. She has a BA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an MA from the University of California, San Diego, where she served as Outreach Coordinator for the Latin American Studies Program for four years. Born in Michoacán, Ms. Arciga is native Spanish speaker who grew up in Mexico and Illinois. She lives in Columbia Heights with her husband and son.

Juana Bendana, Instructional Aide/Asistente

Kindergarten Teacher



TibaMajitu Tiba, Instructional Aide

Carmichael-9Beth Carmichael, Kindergarten Teacher (Dual Language)

Beth Carmichael has been teaching for ten years and it is her third year here at Powell Bilingual. After receiving degrees in Bilingual Education and Spanish Philology from at California State University, Chico, Ms. Carmichael lived and taught abroad in Madrid, Spain. For five years, she taught English conversation and grammar in Spanish/English dual language classrooms for children ages two through eight years old. Upon her return to the United States in 2012, Ms. Carmichael received her Early Childhood Teaching Certification from Center for Inspired Teaching, spending her residency year at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School. At Powell, she currently serves as a member of the Family Engagement Leadership Team, supporting staff in building community across families and classrooms.


noid1q01137Mary Laura Calhoun, Kindergarten Teacher, SPED

Mary Laura Calhoun is proud to be a part of the kindergarten team as a teacher of special education.  She’s worked in inclusive early childhood settings in DC schools since 2003, including as a pre-Kindergarten teacher here at Powell.  She loves inspiring a love for learning in all children through exploration and inquiry.  She has a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from The George Washington University and a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College.  When she’s not at school, you might see her riding her bike around town or with her one-year-old daughter, Isabel.

heidyHeidi Marquez, Instructional Aide
Ms. Marquez was born and raised in Washington, DC but her family is from El Salvador where she loves to travel to. She has worked for aftercare for 6 years and knew that educating children was going to be her career of choice. She attended Trinity Washington University and majored in Human Relations with a minor in Education and graduated with honors. She is the oldest of six siblings who she cares and loves for a lot and can provide the same nurturing and warm environment for her students. Art, music, and dancing bachata is what Ms. Marquez enjoys during her free time.


OuGina Ou Sanchez, Kindergarten Teacher (Dual Language)

I was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with my latina madre, my Taiwanese padre, and three younger siblings. In high school, I moved to Florida, and soon after attended the University of Virginia where I studied Economics and Foreign Affairs. After college, I trained through DC Teaching Fellows to become an elementary teacher and have been in DCPS for the last 6 years. This is my third year at Powell ES.

Gerardo Ortego, Instructional Aide
My name is Gerardo Ortega. I was born and raised in Alicante, Spain. I studied at the Complutense University of Madrid. This is my second year in Washington DC and in DCPS, I worked at Tyler Es last school year and this is my first year at Powell ES. I also work as a soccer coach for DC scores at Powell ES.


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