D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Mayor Picks Education Deputy

Paul Kihn has been nominated by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as acting deputy mayor for education.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education develops and implements Bowser’s vision for academic excellence and works to create a high-quality education continuum from birth to 24 (from early childhood to K-12 to post-secondary and the workforce).

Teacher Retention

The DC State Board of Education has been working to compile information on teacher retention in the city for several years, including commissioning a report by researcher Mary Levy.

At SBOE’s Oct. 24 public meeting, more than 15 witnesses shared their experience on this issue. Meanwhile, SBOE continues its work on teacher retention, working to identify better ways to collect and use data so that the needs of all teachers are met.

DCPS Goes to College

While most high school students would be preparing for their driving test, Ezechinyere Njoku, who was a senior last year at Benjamin Banneker High School in Northwest, spent his time building an electric car in preparation for the annual Washington DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix.

As president of the Banneker Electric Car Club, Ezechinyere worked with a team to build a one-person electric vehicle that competed to cover the longest distance in the allotted hour.

During his time at Banneker, Ezechinyere also made time to give back to his Ward 4 community through his involvement in the George Ferris Jr. Clubhouse 6 chapter of the Boys & Girls Club.

His dedication earned him a nomination for National Youth of the Year. However, it was when an after-school teacher provided him with a copy of the book “Gifted Hands” that Ezechinyere was inspired to become a neurosurgeon, a path that he chose to pursue this fall at Bucknell University as a Posse Scholar.

Ezechinyere expressed interested in exploring how people think and how they are shaped into becoming the people they are.

“I really want to get down to the molecular level about how we cognitively think,” he said. “I want to know it all.”

‘Tier 1’ Status

The Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in Northwest has achieved “Tier 1” status.

“As a multilingual and multicultural family, a Spanish language and cultural immersion education was important to us,” said Sherrell Pyatt Harrison, patent of a student attending the school. “However, none of our neighborhood schools offer these options. We are fortunate to have had the choice to attend the Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS.”

‘Blue Ribbon’ School

KIPP DC Promise Academy Public Charter School, which aims to prepare students for college by providing them with the tools to become critical thinkers, has been named one of the 349 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The award is based on a school’s overall academic performance and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“Our staff’s hard work year after year has resulted in incredible achievements for our kids,” said Principal Erin Huseby. “I am so proud that Promise is not only one of the best schools in Washington, D.C., but one of the best schools in the country.”

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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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