dillardJennifer Dillard, 3rd/4th Grade ELA Interventionist

I was born in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown Hospital on October 23, 1980. I was raised in Annapolis, Maryland in a place called Sherwood Forest, where I just moved back to with my family! I have a very busy 1.5 year old that keeps everything new and exciting!. She is the apple of my eye!

I attended Indian Creek Elementary School and St. Mary’s Highschool in Annapolis. I went to the University of North Carolina in Wilmington and majored in Elementary Education and minored in Psychology. After I graduated from college I moved back to Annapolis and substituted at my old elementary school for several months. I moved to DC when I got a job teaching 3rd grade at Powell, and have been here ever since. I have also taught 1st and 2nd grade at Powell. I am proud to say this will be my 10th year at Powell!! SO much has changed at Powell and it is amazing to see the continuous improvements! I am attending Trinity University to pursue a Masters in Counseling. I enjoy running, walking, and spending time with my family and friends in my free time.


HennessyJames Hennessy, 4th/5th Grade Math Interventionist

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!


LoewenguthJoel Loewenguth, 1st/2nd Grade Interventionist

My name is Joel Steven Loewenguth and I am from Rochester, NY. I am an ESL teacher in the 1st grade with Mrs. Dillard. I received my bachelor’s degree from Fredonia State University and my master’s from American University. My favorite book is There Are No Children Here, by Alex Kotlowitz.

I believe that learning is contagious! We must value each and every child that walks through our classroom doors and engage them by creating an environment that allows them to get excited about the learning process. It is our duty as teachers to bring out the very best in our students and help them to maximize their potential.


Yessenia Negron, Interventionist & World Language Teacher


PenceErica Pence, Kinder/1st Grade Interventionist

I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I attended Wittenberg University where I earned my B.A. in history and political science. After graduation, I took a gap year and complete a year of service with City Year and AmeriCorps. Having a change of heart and career, I applied to KIPP DC’s teacher residency program where I taught Pre-k 4 while earning my teaching certificate. After KIPP, I taught first grade at City Arts and Prep for three years and Pre-K 4 at KIPP for one year. I am currently enrolled at Illinois University to earn my M.Ed in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a focus in Diversity and Equity. I’m looking forward to a great school year at Powell!


piletteJaclyn Pilette, Reading Specialist

Jackie Pilette is joining the Powell staff as a Reading Specialist.  She is originally from upstate New York.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Delaware with a concentration in Spanish, French and Japanese.  After, she earned her Masters of Social Work at Case Western Reserve University.  She worked as a social worker with high school students for several years in the Cleveland area, but realized that teaching was her true passion.  That led her to becoming a teacher in a primary classroom at a small Montessori school in Boston where she taught for four years.  She then decided to go back to school for her Masters of Education from Loyola University which led her to teaching lower elementary students at Capitol Hill Montessori for two years.  She loves living in D.C. and is very excited about joining the Powell Elementary team.  Jackie’s main interests lie in reading, languages, traveling and being in nature.


SoriaJoana Soria, SLA Interventionist

I’m from Madrid, Spain I am married and all my family live in my country. They have always taught me how important is love what I do and also give my best. After 7 years of experience teaching English as a foreign language and mathematics mainly, I decided that I wanted to learn from another educational system. My husband and me left everything to meet Powell’s students. This is my second year at Powell ES. My experience has shown that values the human being in a special way, trying to potentiate their personal qualities. Repeating every day, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”, try to enhance the capabilities of each student.


StonehouseSasha Stonehouse, SLA Interventionist

Hi, my name is Sasha Stonehouse, and I love Powell! I was raised in Miami, Florida, where I spent as much time as possible on the beach with a book. I went to Dartmouth College, majored in Psychology and joined Teach for America. I joined the Powell family in August 2010. In my spare time, I love to read, write, knit and collect all things unicorn.