Amie Hernandez, 2nd Grade Math Teacher
Amie Hernandez joined Powell ES in 2015 as a dual language second-grade teacher. She worked the previous two years at a DC charter school. Studying through Urban Teachers, she earned her master’s degree in elementary education and special education. Prior to teaching in Washington, D.C., Ms. Hernandez taught English in elementary schools in Madrid, Spain for five years. There, she earned a master’s in bilingual education from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. She earned her bachelor’s in Spanish literature and language, with a minor in Portuguese, from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her hobbies include traveling, studying languages, and discovering ethnic foods.
Amanda Cataneo, 2nd Grade ELA Teacher
Ms. Cataneo is a third-grade teacher at Powell Elementary school in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Joppa, Maryland. She attended college at Loyola University in Maryland where she double majored in Spanish and History (focusing on Latin America). While in college she studied abroad for two semesters in Alcalá de Henares, Spain and Santiago, Chile. After college, she joined Teach for America and taught in a dual language school in Denver, Colorado. She also earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Colorado – Denver during that time. After that, she moved to Boston and taught at another dual language elementary school for 4 years. In 2014, Ms. Cataneo moved to Washington, DC and began teaching 2nd grade at Powell Elementary. Last year, Ms. Cataneo and her co-teacher, Ms. Maya, presented at La Cosecha, the nationally-renowned dual language conference in New Mexico. This upcoming school year will be her ninth year teaching overall and her third year teaching at Powell.
Nancy Córdova, 2nd Grade SLA Teacher
My name is Nancy Córdova. I was born in the industrial capital of Honduras, San Pedro Sula. With great effort and perseverance, I earned my professional title as an English Professor from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Francisco Morazán. I have 16 years of teaching experience enjoying the creativity, nobility and enthusiasm of my students. I come with the desire to share my culture and enriched mother tongue. I acknowledge that I have much to learn from each of you, as well.
John Alexander, 2nd/3rd Grade Math
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.
Andrea Eccles, 2nd/3rd Grade ELA Teacher
She was raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with her parents and older brother. Andrea followed in her brother’s footsteps and attended the University of Maryland where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History. A friend asked her to be a substitute teacher at the school where she taught and it changed her life. Andrea decided to go back to school to get her Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. She has been with the District of Columbia Public Schools system for nine years and has taught grades ranging from first to fourth. Andrea believes all children are able to achieve especially when they are learning in a warm and positive environment where learning is catered to their needs.
Megan McGrath, 2nd Grade Special Education Teacher
Ellanor Jordan, 2nd/3rd Grade Special Education Teacher
What were you doing, prior to Powell ES: I previously taught Second Grade Math at Wheatley EC
Colleges/Universities Attended: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Heels!) and Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Degrees from Colleges/Universities: B.S. in Information Science from UNC and I’m currently working on my Master of Education from Hopkins