1st Grade


FloresMichelle Flores, 1st Grade ELA Teacher

This will be my fift year working in the school house. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in economics I was at a loss for what to do, as I dreaded pursuing a career in economics. I joined an Americorps literacy program, City Year and moved to Miami, FL where I worked giving literacy interventions to 7th and 8th graders. I remained at the same school the following year working as a writing and reading interventionist hired through the school district. Those experiences led me to my passion, which is children and education. I made the decision to move back to my hometown of Silver Spring, MD to be closer to my family and to earn my masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Trinity Washington University. Previously, I worked in DC at Capital City PCS as a third-grade co-teacher. I am fascinated by the power of reading and am excited to teach first grade which is where developmentally students are prepared to learn to read.

As a first generation daughter of Guatemalan immigrants education has allowed me to change the course of my life. This gift is what I hope to share with my students. A deep respect and excitement for learning.

Megan McGrath, Special Education Teacher
Email: megan.mcgrath@dc.gov


Garcia-LargoLaura Garcia Largo, 1st Grade SLA/Math Teacher

Hello, Powell family! My name is Laura, I am one of the new teachers who will be working here at Powell during a long time. I am from Spain. I was born inMadrid but I grew up in Toledo (Castilla-La Mancha), one of the most amazing medieval cities of Europe. Then, when I was 21 years old I moved to Madrid to work and keep studying. I have been teaching in Spain for a long time and I studied a Master’s degree in Spanish Applied Linguistics in order to get a wide knowledge about how to teach my language: Spanish. In the nearfuture I would like to start myPhD in this area and keep working with children at school at the same time! I love teaching, so since I was a child I always want to become in a teacher. I love this profession!

I like the nature and animals so much, especially dogs. I am a dog lover! In my free time I usually read books and stories about mythology, make crafts, listen to music (especially rock), dance and… do scuba diving! I am a good diver! Oceans and sharks are other of my hobbies. I have the pleasure of having been diving with sharks in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea!
I am sure this school year will be a great year for all of us in Powell! I am sure I will learn so much from teachers and families!

HolidayDerek Holiday, Special Education Teacher

Email: derek.holiday@dc.gov
I just wrapped up my fourth year in the classroom at KIPP DC: Heights Academy where I started working after graduating from Georgetown University in 2013.  I have been working in special education for the past two years, after receiving my master’s degree in special education from American University.  I have served in a number of different roles while at KIPP, including time as a general education teacher, resource room and inclusion support, as well as my most recent role as the leader of an intensive support room for third graders with emotional or behavioral disorders.

Ayleen Santiago, 1st Grade ELA Teacher
Email: ayleen.santiago@dc.gov



adrianaAdriana Rodríguez, 1st Grade SLA/Math Teacher
Email: adriana.rodriguez-seoane@dc.gov

Adriana Rodríguez Seoane is a first grade teacher at Powell Elementary School. As a child she has studied abroad in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada; these experiences exposed her to different accents, vocabulary and cultures, which is now her passion other than teaching.

She accomplished her Bachelor´s in ESL, Postgraduate in Asturian language & literature and Master´s in Education in different Colleges/Universities: Oviedo University (Spain), Stephen F. Austin (Texas), Westminster College (UK), George Mason University (VA) & State University of New York (College at Buffalo).

She has been teaching, holding her UK teaching license, for 17 years in the USA, UK, Canada & Spain, within different programs as ESL, Dual, Immersion, English only & SSL.  Adriana had also the opportunity to work as a DELE examiner for Cervantes Institute at the University of Calgary (Canada) and as an ESL examiner for the Department of Education of Navarra, Spain.

Miss Rodríguez loves to learn foreign languages; her fluency in German and French shows her commitment while taking language courses for 12 years during her summer vacations in Germany and France. She has a basic knowledge of Italian language.

Her main hobbies are: Ski (holding her ski teaching license by CSIA), Snowboard, Ice-hockey, Surf, Golf, Skate boarding, Rugby and Tennis. Miss R. Seoane is fond of dogs participating while she was a student in dog shows with her Pyrenean Mastiff and Canarian Molosser.


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