4th/5th Grade

HensonCarli Henson, 4th Grade 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.



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

MoessnerCathy Moessner, 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 Grade Math Teacher/3rd Grade Interventionist

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!


Screen Shot 2017-12-12 at 9.32.35 PMZachary Schutsky, 4th/5th Grade Literacy Teacher
Email: zachary.schutsky@dc.gov

I am very excited to get started in this position because previously I worked as a resident (co-teacher) at JC Nalle Elementary in Ward 7 teaching 4th grade ELA. Before that I was in Madagascar as an English Teacher with the Peace Corps. There I taught at a local high school in the center of the country called Miarinarivo, Itasy, Madagascar.

For undergrad I went to The Catholic University of America in Northeast D.C. where I earned my B.A. in Social Studies and Secondary Education. After teaching and substituting for high school, I decided that I would better serve students if I moved to the elementary level.


timesKelsey Times, 5th Grade 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!


Screen Shot 2017-12-12 at 10.51.27 PMMaria Luera Bermúdez, 5th Grade Math Teacher
Email: Maria.Luerabermudez@dc.gov

My name is María Luera Bermúdez and I am from Spain in a small city located in the north of my country, La Coruña. My hometown is famous because of our Roman lighthouse which is still working, our flavorful gastronomy and warm people. Since I was young I have known that my vocation was teaching and I even used to play this role with my friends and toys! That´s why I decided to study a BA in Elementary Teaching by the time I finished high school. My adventure was about to start! What were you doing, prior to Powell ES: After I completed my degree I decided to focus on my English and I passed several University of Cambridge exams. Besides, I was hired by a chapter school in Coruña as a teacher in 5th and 6th grade. These last four years have been the best in my life since I could share time with the nicest students, colleagues and families.  

JacobsBen Jacobs, Special Education Teacher
Email: ben.jacobs@dc.gov

Ben Jacobs grew up in southern Illinois. Shortly after graduating from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, he moved to Washington DC. In 2013, he left his career in management to pursue a career in teaching. In May 2016 he received a master’s degree from Lesley University in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education. Ben is very excited to join the team at Powell Elementary School. He will be serving as a special education teacher on the 4th and 5th grade team. He previously taught a variety of elementary grades at a charter school in Ward 8 of Washington DC.


NunezLucia Nuñez, Special Education 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!

Stephanie Fields, 4th/5th Grade Educational Aide
Email:  stephanie.fields@dc.gov

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