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On Aug. 25, D.C. Public Schools will kick off another school year. As has previously been reported many, many times, Chancellor Michelle Rhee fired 24 principals, and later 22 assistant principals in two distinct waves this Spring. (I must admit, I don’t know the total numbers of administrators let go over the course of the year.) Now, today, twelve days before classes start, comes news that principals have been chosen for all of the systems 121 schools. Forty six people are new hires. Roughly 700 applicants, up from 200, were considered. The press release and a full list of principals is after the jump:

DCPS School Leadership

on Track for ‘08-‘09 School Year

WASHINGTON, DCToday,District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) officials announced that 100 percent of its 121 schools have principals in place for the upcoming school year.

Last fall, DCPS kicked off an aggressive national campaign aimed at recruiting top candidates from across the country. Come Aug. 25, the first day of the 2008-09 school year, 46 new leaders will guide DCPS students through an exciting academic year focused on student achievement.

“Attracting top talent has always been a priority of this administration, and this is another step in the right direction,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty. “Education reform begins and ends in the classroom.”

As a result of the recruitment campaign, approximately 700 candidates applied for positions, a significant increase from 200 applicants last year.

This year’s applicant pool includes a diverse group of candidates. Twenty-five percent of the applicants are from outside the region; 58 percent have come to DCPS from neighboring school districts, while 17 percent were internal candidates.

Each new principal underwent a rigorous hiring process that included an extensive screening and four interviews, one of which was conducted personally by Chancellor Michelle Rhee and another by the school community.

“Recruiting and retaining high-quality, energetic principals is a key component of reform,” said Chancellor Rhee. “At the end of the day, strong leadership is imperative at the school level. Parents, teachers and students are counting on the district to deliver a top-notch education to our kids, and quality principals are essential.”

This week, all DCPS principals began a two-day Principals Institute designed to provide professional development and additional support leading into the first day of school.


School Name


Aiton Elementary School

Peggy Mussenden

Amidon Elementary School

Almeta Hawkins

Anacostia High School

Rodney McBride

Ballou High School

Rahman Branch

Ballou STAY High School

Wilbert Miller

Bancroft Elementary School

Fay Thompson

Banneker High School

Anita Berger

Barnard Elementary School

Shirley Hopkinson

Beers Elementary School

Gwendolyn Payton

Bell High School

Maria Tukeva

Birney Elementary School

Charles Webb

Brent Elementary School

Cheryl Wilhoyte

Brightwood Education Center

Wanda Fox

Brookland Education Center

Donna Pressley

Brown, R. Middle School

Darin Slade

Browne, H. Education Center

Keith Stephenson

Bruce-Monroe Elementary School

Marta Palacios

Burroughs Education Center

Linda Little

Burrville Elementary School

Donnie Rutledge

Cardozo High School

Gwendolyn Grant

Choice Academy MS/HS

Gary Washington

Cleveland Elementary School

Annie Mair

Cooke, HD Elementary School

Kathleen Black

Coolidge High School

Nelson Burton

Davis Elementary School

Joyce Thompson

Deal Middle School

Melissa Kim

Draper Elementary School

Sandra Coates

Drew Elementary School

Kimberly Davis

Dunbar High School

Gerald Austin

Eastern High School

William Chiselom

Eaton Elementary School

Jacqueline Gartrell

Eliot-Hine Middle School

Willie Jackson

Ellington School of the Arts

Rory Pullens

Emery Education Center

Ron Taylor

Ferebee-Hope Elementary School

Sharron Stroman

Filmore Arts Education Center

Katherine Latterner

Francis Education Center

Maurice Kennard

Garfield Elementary School

Tammy Thomas

Garrison Elementary School

Geneva Williams

Hardy Middle School

Patrick Pope

Harris, C.W. Elementary School

Shirley Ambush

Hart Middle School

Kisha Webster

Hearst Elementary School

Bernarda Tally

Hendley Elementary School

Barbara Green

Houston Elementary School

Charlotte Whitten-Watkins

Hyde Elementary School

Dana Nerenberg

Incarcerated Youth

Program, Correctional

Detention Facility

Milo Howard

Janney Elementary School

Karen Crews

Jefferson Middle School

Stephanie Patton

Johnson Middle School

Robert Saunders

Kelly Miller Middle School

Laureal Robinson

Kenilworth Elementary School

Fatima Johnson

Ketcham Elementary School

Joyce Goche-Grimes

Key Elementary School

David Landeryou

Kimball Elementary School

Sheila West Miller

King Elementary School

Valoria Baylor

Kramer Middle School

Kenneth Parker

Lafayette Elementary School

Lynn Main

Langdon Education Center

Barbara Campbell

LaSalle-Backus Education Center

Richard Rogers

Leckie Elementary School

Clementine Homesley

Lee, Mamie D. School

Jo Ann Turner

Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School

Carolyn Cobbs

MacFarland Middle School

Harold Barber

Malcolm X Elementary School

Darwin Bobbitt

Mann Elementary School

Liz Whisnant

Marshall Education Center

Margaret Blake

Maury Elementary School

Michael Wilson

McKinley Tech High School

David Pinder

Miner Elementary School

Lavonne Taliaferro Bunch

Montgomery Elementary School

Melissa Martin

Moore Academy

Reginald Elliott

Moten Elementary School

Margaret Stephens-Aliendre

Murch Elementary School

Brenda Lewis

Nalle Elementary School

Kim Burke

Noyes Education Center

Wayne Ryan

Orr Elementary School

Michelle Edwards

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School

Monica Aguirre

Patterson Elementary School

Linda Williams

Payne Elementary School

Vielka Scott

Cap Hill Cluster

Brandon Eatman

Plummer Elementary School

Christopher Gray

Powell Elementary School

Mikki Crenshaw

Randle Highlands Elementary School

Sheron Colston

Raymond Elementary School

Lashada Ham

Reed Learning Center

Dayo Akinsheye

River Terrace Elementary School

Shannon Foster

Roosevelt High School

Adela Acosta

Roosevelt STAY High School

Charles Royster

Ross Elementary School

Amanda Alexander

Savoy Elementary School

Anne Evans

School Without Walls High School

Richard Trogisch

Seaton Elementary School

Douglas Rice

Shaed Education Center

Cheryl Taylor

Sharpe Health

Deborah Williams

Shaw Middle School

Brian Betts

Shepherd Elementary School

Galeet BenZion

Simon Elementary School

Adelaide Flamer

Smothers Elementary School

Angela Morton

Sousa Middle School

Dwan Jordon

Spingarn High School

Reginald Burke

Spingarn STAY High School

Tanishia Williams-Minor

Stanton Elementary School

Donald Presswood

Stoddert Elementary School

Andrianna Kalapothakos

Takoma Education Center

Rikki Taylor

Terrell, MC/McGogney Elementary School

Tanya Deskins

Thomas Elementary School

Ruth Barnes

Thomson Elementary School

Gladys Camp

Truesdell Education Center

Brearn Wright

Tubman Elementary School

Harry Hughes

Turner Elementary School

Robert Gregory

Tyler Elementary School

Terry Dade

Walker-Jones Education Center

Jeffrey Grant

Webb/Wheatley Elementary School

Scott Cartland

West Elementary School

Marlen Moses

Whittier Education Center

Nicole Clifton

Wilson, JO Elementary School

Cheryl Warley

Wilson High School

Peter Cahall

Winston Education Center

Katie Jones

Woodson, H.D. High School

Philip Robey

Youth Services Center

Arthur Linder

Phelps Architecture,

Construction, and

Engineering HS

Michael Johnson

Youth Engagement Academy

Eric Counts

Hamilton Education Center

David Mason

Prospect Learning Center

Eve Peterson

Transition Academy

Diane McCutchen