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Michelle Foster, Blended Learning DC Public Schools
Michelle is expanding opportunities for students to succeed by introducing blended learning concepts and digital content to teachers and students, particularly in English Language Arts. Prior to this role, Michelle implemented blended learning programs in afterschool and summer school. Her background in communication and project management support her as she provides coaching and implementation support to teachers and leaders.
Sarah Elwell is entering her seventh year as a library media specialist in DC Public Schools, after eight years as a secondary English teacher in DCPS. She also works as a local professional development instructor through the Washington Teachers’ Union and has been a national trainer with the American Federation of Teachers since 2009. She is a 2015 Citybridge Education Innovation Fellow, WTU Teacher Leaders Program Facilitator as well as a member of the DCPS Library Corps. A native Washingtonian and a DCPS graduate, she is dedicated to enhancing the quality of instruction and educational opportunities for students from every angle. Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in English and education from Swarthmore College and her master's degree in School Library Media at the Catholic University of America.
As a proud member of the DC Public Schools family, John leads the district’s blended learning initiatives in all 111 schools. This involves curating, implementing, evaluating, and scaling blended learning models and digital content for all grades and all subject areas. He is also responsible for redesigning whole schools to strategically develop blended learning feeder patterns throughout DC that will provide students with continuous access to a blended learning experience throughout their K-12 careers.
Carlo Del Aguila
Carlo Delaguila graduated from George Mason University with a Management Information Systems degree and has worked in both the information technology and education fields for over a decade. Mr. Delaguila previously worked at the Architect of the Capitol where he worked as a technician. For the past eight years, he has worked at the American Federation of Teachers. Currently, he is a Senior Associate in the Educational Issues department and is designing and implementing the AFT’s new online professional development program. Additionally, Mr. Delaguila provides technical assistance and guidance to staff and affiliates on ways to implement online initiatives.
Valyncia O. Hawkins is a 5th grade teacher at Anne Beers Elementary School. A product of DCPS and a Beers' alumnus, Valyncia is a member of both Beers' Academic Leadership and Teacher Leadership Innovation Teams. She currently teaches English Language Arts in a blended learning environment.
Belinda is a veteran teacher in the DCPS. She is currently the ELL lead teacher at Truesdell EC. Belinda just completed fellowships with Leading Educators and Citybridge's Education Innovation. Belinda is excited about the possibilities blended and personalized learning bring to teaching and learning and their potential to close the opportunity gap.
Laura Fuchs teaches Social Studies at HD Woodson SHS in DC Public Schools. She believes students should create history not just study it, bringing her students to community meetings, creating and getting involved in campaigns, and connecting them to decision makers throughout the area. She loves using technology in the classroom, but only if it is something truly innovative that enhances learning and instruction.
Benjamin Miller joined the AFT in 2012 as an intern working on the development of Share My Lesson. Ben officially joined AFT staff in 2013 and began working on helping affiliates organize, engage and activate members through union-sponsored events, including providing support to affiliates working on resource development; and sharing and coordinating engagement activities, such as marathon weekend events and professional development days for teachers.
Ms. Maria Angala is a special education teacher/ Reading Intervention teacher at Jefferson Academy in Washington DC, a National Board Certified Teacher and a Teacher Leader of the Washington Teacher’s Union. Prior to her 11 years of teaching in her current school, she was a special education teacher at a Center for Developmental Intervention Foundation, Inc. at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center and successfully ran her own school for children with special needs in Quezon City, Philippines for six years. Once in DC, she persistently sought for high quality professional development training with emphasis on integrating technology in the classroom and became the Technology Liaison for the DC Area Writing Project, which is the local site of the National Writing Project.
Giselle Lundy-Ponce has been working in the field of PreK-12 education policy and advocacy for the last twenty-two years. Currently her work focuses on policy, research analysis, and professional development for the American Federation of Teachers and she leads the AFT’s work on English language learners and Latino student achievement.