1st Grade

Kayleigh Arslan, SPED Teacher
Email: kayleigh.arslan@dc.gov

Kayleigh Arslan joined Powell in 2012 as a Special Education teacher. Before starting at Powell, she worked for a small non-profit, Global Classrooms DC, developing curriculum and organizing and training volunteers for a middle and high school Model UN. Kayleigh holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations for Lynchburg College and a Master of Arts in International Education for George Washington University.  She currently lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband Ercu and their new daughter Elif. Kayleigh enjoys traveling, skiing, and learning new languages.

FloresMichelle Flores, 1st Grade DL Teacher 

This will be my fourth 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
Email: megan.mcgrath@dc.gov


Garcia-LargoLaura Garcia Largo, 1st Grade DL 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!

Fayola Autry

Email: fayola.autry@dc.gov

RecinosDenise Recinos, 3rd Grade Teacher
Email: denise.recinos@dc.gov

While growing up in Connecticut, Denise was involved with social justice issues in her community. She advocated for the awareness of dating violence, human trafficking, and the rights of day laborers by becoming involved in a youth leadership organization known as Peace Project. She continued her passion for social justice at Georgetown University by majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Violence and double minoring in French and Sociology. During her time at Georgetown, she studied abroad in Paris and was also involved in DC Schools Project, a literacy organization that serves Washington, D.C.’s low-income immigrant community. As a volunteer for the organization, Denise taught English as a second language to adults in DC. After graduating, Denise received a teaching fellowship and worked for Blue Engine, a non-profit organization that partners with public high schools in New York City serving low-income communities to increase academic rigor and prepare students for postsecondary success. After working for Blue Engine, Denise decided to further pursue her interest in education and will be teaching third-grade math at Powell. She is excited to be a part of the Powell community and wants to ensure that every student receives a high-quality education.


adrianaAdriana Rodríguez, 1st Grade DL 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.

noid1q02179John Alexander, 1st Grade Teacher
Email:  john.alexander@dc.gov

I am a native of Washington, DC and a product of DCPS.  I love sports, music, and learning about other cultures.  Crabs are my favorite food and orangutans are my favorite animal.  I have worked in many different places throughout my life, but I am happiest when I teach.  I went to Keene State College in New Hampshire, where I studied education.  My favorite book is ” The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay.  When I grow up I want to write and illustrate children’s books.

I believe that education is the great equalizer in our society.  I believe it should be available to all, but the reality is that it is not.  With that in mind, I encourage our students to take advantage of the opportunity in front of them.  I recognize that education works both ways, which is why I come to school ready to teach as well as learn from my students and peers.


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