D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Fellowship Graduate

Holiday – No School
Monday, Jan. 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Term 2 Midterms/Finals End
Wednesday, Jan. 18

Fellowship Graduate

Heather Hairston is an all-star graduate of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship and principal at C.W. Harris Elementary School in Southeast.

This DCPS-inspired leadership program prepares talented, resilient, high-potential DCPS employees for one of the most important roles of the time: school principalship.

Bilingual Education Fair

D.C.’s first Bilingual Education Fair aims to provide information for fostering bilingualism in children, how to support and encourage bilingualism even when parents are monolinguals, and where to find bilingual programs and resources.

The event, co-hosted by the D.C. Public Library and D.C. State Board of Education, takes place Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Francis Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE from 10 a.m.-1 p.m

Parents will have the opportunity to participate with their child in one of four story time sessions in Hebrew, French, Mandarin and Spanish, and discover why children are such born linguists.

Presentations will follow on the cognitive and economic benefits of being bilingual, and on tools and resources to foster bilingualism.

POSSE Scholarship Winner

Trashawna Herbert is one of 17 DCPS students who will receive full tuition scholarships from the Posse Foundation.

According to her interview with WJLA-TV (Channel 7), Trashawna, who’s not at all intimidated by the male-dominated field of engineering, said she dreams of someday improving space telecommunications for NASA.

“Women are always the dominant ones,” she said. “And they always end up being the bosses.”

Trashawna, who has a 4.3 grade point average, added that while math does not come naturally to her, she decided to focus on engineering and transfer to Phelps ACE High School to challenge herself.

“It was definitely a skill that took a lot of studying, hard work and dedication to the criteria,” she said.

Children Matter

“We want to create a space where kids feel welcome and important. We want to make sure every kid feels like they’re just as smart as the next person — that they are just as important and they have a right to a great education.” — Jackie Wozniak, early childhood teacher at Wheatley Education Camp

“The most important things in early childhood are the social skills. Early childhood teaches kids how to get along, how to work together, how to solve problems.” — Jennifer Allen, early-childhood teacher and alumna of LaSalle-Backus Education Campus

School Lottery

The My School DC lottery is now open for the 2017-18 school year.

For more information, go to www.myschooldc.org. To locate your in-boundary school, visit dcatlas.dcgis.dc.gov/schools.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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