4th/5th Grade


HensonCarli Henson, 4th Grade DL Literacy Teacher
Email: carli.henson@dc.gov

Carli Henson came to Powell in the spring of 2015 as a substitute in the fourth grade dual language program, and she loved it so much she decided to join the team! She previously taught Spanish and Science in Jamaica, and English, Science and Art in Spain. Her educational background is in Spanish Language & Literature and Social Justice Policy.


Alvarado-3Sally Alvarado, 4th Grade DL Math Teacher
Email: sally.alvarado@dc.gov


MoessnerCathy Moessner, 4th/5th Grade Math Teacher
Email: catherine.moessner@dc.gov

I have been teaching at Powell Elementary School for eleven years. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with two younger brothers, and came to Washington, DC to study at American University. After graduating with a major in Elementary Education, I became a 5th grade teacher at Powell. I like going to the theater and ballet, reading on the beach (or my backyard), spending time with my nephews, and drinking tea.


ThomasTroy Thomas, 4th/5th Grade Math Teacher

Hello, and welcome to my class!  I have been teaching for 16 years in the DMV area, and I count each year as a blessing!  Teaching isn’t just a job; it’s a mission.  Hands-on learning discoveries, varied learning experiences, personal responsibility, and a love of learning are at the forefront in my classroom.  I believe it’s important for children to develop good moral character, respect for authority, and respect toward their peers. My goal is to develop independent learners who have a love of learning and are truly life-long learners.  

As a growing boy I loved to read Marvel comics, my favorite being the Avengers.  As an adult, my favorite book is The Pedagogy of Hope by  Paolo Freire.  

Outside of the classroom, I am a father of 2 children in DCPS public school system and am an active member within the Petworth/Pleasant Plains community. In 1999, I graduated from University of Maryland, College Park (UMDCP) with a bachelor’s degree in Community Health. Then ventured to earn my Master of Education at Bowie State University (BSU) in 2006.  I enjoy reading, poetry writing, walks on trails and beaches, and enhancing my knowledge of Capoeira Angola (African Brazilian Martial Arts).

Your child will have a great adventure in fourth grade and in my room!


ThomsenEmily Sever, 4th/5th Literacy ESL Teacher
Email: emily.thomsen@dc.gov

Emily Thomsen is in her third year of teaching at Powell. She has primarily taught 5th grade but is excited to specialize in 4th and 5th grade language arts this year. She is a DC Teaching Fellow and is dually certified as an Elementary Education Teacher and as an ESL K-12 teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond in 2006 and began her career working extensively with non-profit organizations in the field of fundraising and grant-making before making the switch to teaching in 2012. In addition to working with children, Emily loves the arts, theater and singing! She and her husband live in Silver Spring, Maryland where you’ll often see them out trying new restaurants or out on the softball fields.


KirkEmie Kirk, 4th/5th Literacy SPED Teacher
Email: Evangelyn.Kirk2@dc.gov

After teaching middle school and high school in Washington, D.C. for three years, Emie Kirk is thrilled to join the Powell team as a 4th and 5th grade Special Education teacher. While she is originally from Pennsylvania, she completed her undergraduate degree in Florida at the University of Tampa. She moved to Washington D.C. in 2010 and earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from George Mason University in 2014. When she is not teaching, she enjoys traveling with her family, doing yoga, and spending time outdoors. Every day she is inspired by her students and is passionate about helping students discover their strengths.


kirilovaAmanda Wardlaw-Kirilova, 5th Grade DL Math Teacher

Amanda is a fifth-grade teacher at Powell Elementary School.  She was raised in Calgary, Alberta and returned to the U.S. to finish High School and study Biology at Oberlin College. While studying for her degree, Amanda often tutored and mentored students–an activity she found enjoyable and fulfilling. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Amanda worked as a laboratory technician in Pathology and Cancer laboratories, but she soon realized that she missed working with children.  First a substitute teacher at Powell, she later joined the teaching staff as a DC Teaching Fellow in 2013.  When not in the classroom, Amanda loves spending time outdoors with her daughter, learning Bulgarian and visiting family in Puerto Rico.

timesKelsey Times, 5th Grade DL Literacy Teacher
Email: kelsey.times@dc.gov

Hello! My name is Kelsey Times, and I’m so excited to be here at Powell teaching fifth grade literacy! Last year, I lived with a family in Murcia, Spain and taught English at a small school nearby. Speaking Spanish is very important to me, and I’m really glad that I have the opportunity to motivate students to improve their skills in the Dual Language program. I believe that every student is capable of success when they have teacher that believes in them. I aim to be that person for my students and to help them grow to their highest potential!


HennessyJames Hennessy, ESL DL Teacher
Email: james.hennessy@dc.gov

I, James Hennessy, grew up in three hemispheres, Northern, Southern and Western. My K-12 and higher education took place across three continents, mostly Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. I have resided in Brazil, Argentina, United States, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain and Portugal. I fell in love with reading in the First Grade.

It was about fifty years ago when I was able to read independently the books by Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham was my first attempt at independent reading. Dr. Seuss and I have been best friends ever since. I fundamentally believe that all children are capable of learning to speak, read, and write in more than one language. Biliteracy is the norm in European and South American countries, and increasingly so in the North American countries as well. Viva la educación bilingüe! Viva!


 

NunezLucia Nuñez, 4th/5th  Grade SPED Teacher
Email:  lucia.nunez@dc.gov

It was about fifty years ago when I was able to read independently the books by Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham was my first attempt at independent reading. Dr. Seuss and I have been best friends ever since. I fundamentally believe that all children are capable of learning to speak, read, and write in more than one language. Biliteracy is the norm in European and South American countries, and increasingly so in the North American countries as well. Viva la educación bilingüe! Viva!


JacobTiffany Jacobs, Instructional Aide 4th/5th
Email: tiffany.jacobs@dc.gov

When did I decide I wanted to be a teacher: When I was about 9 or 10 years old, my brother and I used to play school and of course, I was always the teacher. Plus I found out later on that I come from a long line of teachers (on my mom’s side of family). Some were college professors, special education teachers, elementary and high school teachers.

My Teaching Background: A private school teacher at Highland Park Christian Academy from 2001-2007, working as a 5th grade Teacher for Center City Public Charter Public School from 2008-2009 and finally settling into DC Public Schools as an Instructional Aide for Special Education. My goal is to one day have my Masters in Teaching or Special Education (still undecided on which department to consider)

Favorite Hobbies: I love to draw. Sketching is what I like to do. Many of my former students use to bring in those Manga and Character books and I would draw the characters for them. I also love to read. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King and Mario Puzo. I am also a huge comic fan as well. I am a reader of the Superman and Archie series. Finally I loved history, especially European and Russian History. I am usually watching documentaries on The History Channel or PBS about some historical figure or past/current events.


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