Joy Morrow, Principal
Joy Morrow is the school's principal and president of the NHA board of directors. Her academic background in psychology and in social work informed her practical experience with group homes for delinquent teenagers as well as her extensive work with preschools. In 1990, she co-founded NHA with a group of like-minded parents and has served as principal since. Mrs. Morrow wants to help create "a school community transcending religious, cultural, and racial barriers, where families with shared common values can support each other to raise moral children. This involves big challenges but also big opportunities." Her straightforward style, especially with teenagers, helps them stay on track or get back on track. She's good at helping people see a vision of what's possible, and helping children see what they're capable of, moving in the direction of their dreams. "When I'm working with a class of students I try to make sure no one falls through the cracks," said Mrs. Morrow. "My goal is to work with each child." Her personal approach finds especially satisfying those times when she can really connect with a student in a moment of discovery.
Director of Education, Counselor
Cabria Johnson enters her first year at New Hope Academy as the Director of Education and Counselor. Ms. Cabria received her education from Howard University pursuing her BA in Sports Management and Masters in Social Work. Prior to working at NHA, she worked as a School Social Worker, Multi-Systemic Family Therapist, Community Outreach Coordinator and a Teacher, all of which have provided invaluable experiences and played a vital role in her growth professionally. Ms. Cabria seeks to ensure that every student is able to excel academically by further identifying and removing barriers hindering them from performing at their best in the classroom. Fun fact about Ms. Cabria: she’s a former D1 collegiate basketball player, having played basketball for 20+ years. Not only did she play the game of basketball, but she teaches the game as she coaches High School and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball!
8th to 12th Grade English
Having taken a hiatus of twelve years after having taught English and Latin for more than a quarter of a century, Larry Lynn is returning to education as an English teacher at New Hope Academy. His experiences have taken him on an academic trek all along the East Coast from Florida to Pennsylvania as well as a two-year stint as an English teacher at an American School in the Dominican Republic and ESL teacher at a Catholic university in Santo Domingo. His city of birth is New York, but he has lived in Georgia, Maryland, Florida, both Carolinas, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, hence garnering a living flavor of variable life-styles in urban and rural environments that form the basis of his creative writing as well as his all-encompassing passion for interactive teaching.
Science, 9th Grade Homeroom
Dolores Muhammad teaches environmental science, biology, chemistry, health, and physics. This Maryland native has been with NHA since 2001. Her experience includes handling tarantulas, scorpions, and snakes while she interned at the H.B. Owens Science Center. Mrs. Muhammad has also worked at NIH as a research assistant and with a nematologist at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from Towson State University, she continued in her career in medical technology for eight years before branching out into teaching.
Math, Health, 11th and 12th Grade Homeroom, K-8th Grade computer,
"Ms. Aisha" teaches Saxon Algebra 1/2, as well as the Golf elective. She also teaches LEGO and VEX robotics. She has been with NHA since 2006. This San Francisco native began coursework in math at U.C. Berkeley, then applied this skill to receive her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University. Her experience includes working as a project engineer for a local construction company: She managed construction for the Turkish Embassy and the U.S. Justice Data Center, as well as renovations to the Australian Embassy (among others).
ESL, US History, Geography, 8th Grade Homeroom
James Hulka is an experienced teacher with certifications in TESOL and Social Studies. James graduated from Frostburg State University in 2003 and is almost finished with his Masters in TESOL from Notre Dame University of Maryland. In addition to teaching in Baltimore public schools for eight years, he also has diverse experiences within the private setting, most recently teaching ESOL to adults for a private company in Arlington. James has taught English to students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels, and thinks he has probably taught students from over 50 different countries! He has also spent time in Japan where he learned about Japanese culture and school structure.
Erina Sakata is half Korean and half Japanese. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at Ajou University in South Korea. She has experience of working as a system manager and programmer in Indonesia and South Korea. She also involved in translation and language teaching (Korean, English, programming language). She started working at New Hope Academy in 2017. She is highly interested in implementing teaching materials and developing the potential of NHA’s Korean program. She loves choir singing and has practiced traditional Japanese healing Heso Ampuku(へそ按腹).
Chris Chandler moved to Maryland from the United Kingdom in early 2016. While in England, Chris earned his Joint Honors Bachelor’s degree in Social Enterprise and International Development at the University of Northampton. This led him to pursue a career in ethical and responsible business practices which took him through an internship with Santander Banks’ Corporate Social Responsibility team and working within operations teams at several small businesses lead by inspiring social entrepreneurs. He then spent 2 years as the Membership Officer of the UK’s leading Social Enterprise Trade Body (SEUK). Chris will be coordinating areas of the Academy’s Finance Administration as well as working with Business Management functions. Having a deep interest in International Development, Chris will also be joining and learning from the many enthusiastic students and staff members working on our Gambia Project.
Math 8/7, Homeroom Teacher
Robyn Lindsey joined New Hope as a teacher with the Dance and Drama department in 2015 and is thrilled to be a part of faculty this year. She teaches Saxon Math 8/7 and will be a homeroom teacher. She brings 15 years of teaching experience from all over the world, in everything from public school classroom settings to private one-on-one work with students of all ages and holds a Bachelor's from Liverpool John Moores University. She was recently named the Lead Coordinator of Dance for Special Olympics Maryland and co-founded and coaches RhythmXpress, a dance team for people with special needs. Robyn traveled to Austria with RhythmXpress in 2017 for the World Special Olympics, where they brought back a Gold Medal and a fourth place, and will be dancing with the team in Abu Dhabi this Spring for the 2019 Games. Miss Robyn will also teach the Urban Jazz Dance and co-teach the Yoga Elective. She will also be head coach of the Cheer Squad, a new program at New Hope, while continuing to work closely with the Dance and Drama department. She has a passion for New Hope and is excited to have her 3-year old daughter starting her journey with the school.
Fifth and Sixth Grade Teacher, Algebra 1, Gambia Project
Beverly Berndt teaches high school Algebra 1 as well as core subjects for the sixth grade. She was born in Massachusetts where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology at Northeastern University in Boston. Berndt has taught at NHA since 1990. She loves the school and had her four children also attend. "To me this is the greatest testimony to our school," she said, "that all the teachers want to have their own children here, because we know the quality of education they receive." Not only is "Mrs. Bev" a dedicated teacher, she deeply believes in helping others, a trait she instills in her students. With the support of the NHA families, staff, and principal, Mrs. Bev and her husband have developed "Side by Side in The Gambia," a service project in The Gambia, West Africa.
Vondale Mack joined New Hope Academy as a substitute before becoming a teacher January 2018. Vondale received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Criminal Justice minor from Bowie State University. Vondale is passionate about childhood education and empowerment, and has worked for over 20 years providing wrap around services for youth and families who suffered trauma ranging from child abuse, sexual assault, bullying, domestic violence, and homicide. She declares: “Never be a private success and a public failure” She believes that her greatest accomplishments include being a wife and mother of three.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher
Angela Tallack joined New Hope Academy as a part time teacher for Algebra1/2 and grade 5 math. Since January she has become full time teaching grade 4/5. Originally a Vice-Principal and math teacher in England, Mrs Tallack moved 5 years ago with her husband to Bowie to be with their son, wife and 4 grandchildren and the view of retiring. Once the 3rd youngest grandchild started day care, Mrs Tallack decided to return to teaching and was delighted to be given the opportunity to work at New Hope Academy. The vocabulary may be different but students passion for learning and inquiry is the same.
Second and Third Grade Teacher
Sabrina Bowman will be teaching the 2/3 split grade this year at NHA. She taught in Prince George's county last year, and before that she was in Broward county Florida. She has a BA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and an MA from University of St Mary in Kansas. She has been a nomad for several years as her husband is military. They have now retired to this area. She has a daughter that lives in Florida and teaches middle school English and a son that is a junior in high school. She loves all sports, American football being her favorite- Pittsburgh Steelers!
Tanganika L. Swann
First Grade Teacher
Tanganika L. Swann has taught core subjects for NHA's first grade since 2009. This local native of Maryland graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Language. Ms. Swann has 15 years of experience in education, including as an elementary school teacher, reading specialist, and assistant principal. She has conducted workshops teaching educators about effective teaching strategies and building a positive classroom community. She strongly believes that both components are crucial to student achievement, but above all, she knows that educators must genuinely care about children. Ms. Swann loves working with children, and she possesses a passion for teaching and learning.
Kindergarten Teacher, Literacy Specialist
Karen Wilkening has taught kindergarten at NHA since 1992. She was born in Denver and spent most of her adolescent years in Kansas City, MO. Known to all as "Mrs. Karen," she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She continued her education receiving a Master's degree in Divinity with a focus on Education. Mrs. Karen is a founding member of NHA and has been on the Board of Directors since 1995. As a testament to NHA's solid academic curriculum, both her children attended NHA, and they now attend top universities. Mrs. Karen believes that Kindergarten is a foundational year and that NHA addresses the education of the whole child.
Dr. In Ku Marshall
Korean Language K-8G
When I left Korea almost 50 years ago to study in Germany I had a goal to promote Korean as a globally used language. A few years after I received my Ph.D. degree from Hamburg University, I began to teach Korean at Bochum University in Germany. In 1986 I moved to the United States with my family and began to teach Korean at New Hope Academy from 1991. While teaching at New Hope Academy, I focused on adapting Montessori’s language theory for teaching Korean as a foreign language and developed many hands-on teaching materials. In 1994, I joined Georgetown University as a Korean instructor in the department of East Asian languages and cultures. In my 22 years at Georgetown, I developed the Korean program into a Minor and offered more than 12 courses including ‘Studies on North Korea,’ and ‘Korean diaspora in Northeast Asia including Russia.’ Now I am returning to New Hope Academy as head of the Korean Program. In the process of promoting the Korean language, I recognized the importance of the Heritage Korean schools. For five years, I gave workshops to the Korean teachers in the Washington area on effective Korean language teaching. In addition, I developed the Korean language program at the Korean Cultural Center of the Korean Embassy in 1995. I developed their curriculum for levels I, II, and III, and taught in the program for almost ten years. The Korean language program at the Embassy continues today, with more than one hundred adult learners per session (they offer 5 sessions a year). Education: Ph.D. Hamburg University, in Comparative Education as major, Linguistics and German literature as minor in Germany B.A. Seoul National University, in German Language and Literature in Korea.
Luz Hughes has been teaching Spanish to grades K-12 at NHA since 2005. She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and minored in Liberal Arts from the University of the District of Columbia. She is a candidate for her Master's in Education & Language. Mrs. Hughes' experience includes teaching for eight years in PG County and six years in DC (Spanish and AP Spanish Language & Literature). She believes it is important to "connect with the students" in order for them to learn and appreciate what is being taught. She takes responsibility to mentor her students, hoping to impact their lives. Nominated by her students, Mrs. Hughes has been recognized in Who's Who for making a difference in the lives of children.
Computer & Information Technology
Jathan Wright teaches Computer Science to 8th grade and high school students, and also works as a hardware and software technician at NHA. He received his bachelor’s degree in Digital Media and Web Technology in May 2015, and became the official web designer for the Georgetown-Howard Universities Translational Biomedical Science Program in August 2015. Mr. Wright also knows graphic design, computer programming, video game programming, animation, and more. He is an alumni of NHA who graduated in December 2010 and is determined to help the school become the best that it can be.
Angela Eisenbart has taught art at all grade levels at NHA since 1998. Originally from Italy, she studied commercial and graphic art at the Art College in Genoa, Italy, graduating with honors. She is a career artist and graphic designer with an impressive list of professional credentials from her decades of work in Milano, New York, and Washington, DC. But Mrs. Eisenbart always longed to express herself in the fine arts, and turned that passion to teaching. She exhibits a remarkable ability to draw out the talents of her students. Her basic approach to teaching is that artistic ability is not just an innate talent but can be learned or improved just like other activities.
Music, Math 8/7
Joanna Edwards teaches Music and Math 8/7 at New Hope Academy. She was born in New Jersey where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music with a teaching endorsement from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Upon graduating, she began her teaching career in Durango, Colorado teaching music in three elementary school in Durango 9-R Public Schools for three years. After moving to Virginia, she taught music in two middle schools in Loudoun County Public Schools for fourteen years. Last year she taught elementary band at eleven private schools in Maryland and Virginia. In addition to teaching at New Hope Academy, she runs her own music studio where she teaches piano, guitar, and violin, and is a Music Director at Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church.
Physical Education, 6th Grade Math
Tarik Muhammad is the Sports Director and Physical Education teacher here at New Hope Academy. He is also an alumni of New Hope having graduated from here in 2006. He went on to obtain a bachelor in Recreation and Parks Management with a concentration in Community Program Delivery from Frostburg State University. During his stay at Frostburg he did an internship at the local YMCA and he really loved the work and community building they were doing. After graduating he worked with the YMCA for 5 years partnering with many different schools in D.C. conducting their physical education classes working with ages 3 - 15. With the YMCA he also worked with an even greater range of people from young adults to the elderly while doing wellness programs all around the DMV area. Mr. Muhammad has helped run community events, trainings, and youth programs for hundreds of people and he is very excited to be working here at New Hope Academy.
Main Office, Reading specialist
Fiona Victoria grew up in the North-East of Scotland. She graduated in Primary Education from Aberdeen College of Education in 1973. She taught 1st grade for several years in the South of Scotland before moving to England where she was the main teacher in a small private school near London, for four years. She has taught English privately in Germany and Kenya.She joined the NHA staff in 2000 as a reading teacher for K-2nd grade and also supported in the office until 2013. After spending the last 3 years in New York with her family, she and her husband decided to move back to Maryland. Since the Fall of 2016 she has been teaching reading in the kindergarten and working in the Main office.
Office Manager, Registrar
Janelle Hartley is the "hub" of New Hope Academy. A native of Guyana, raised in Brooklyn, NY, and married to a Jamaican, her multi-cultural background and family exemplify NHA's diverse school culture. She attended Pace University to pursue accounting and spent the majority of her career working for financial institutions. This allowed her to develop her strengths in management and customer service while fostering her desire to help those in need. "Mrs. Janelle" joined the school in 2006, along with her son, after transitioning her family to Maryland. "To be in a state without any relatives nearby is difficult," she said, "especially when you have a child. However, being at New Hope fills that void and has helped instilled rare qualities in my son that are hard to find in today's society: respect, unity, ambition, and compassion. Everyone here is our extended family and has treated us as such." Mrs. Janelle wears many hats at NHA. She is the office manager, registrar, medication technician, international student representative, host family contact, and more. She is always willing to answer any questions or provide assistance when needed. If she doesn't have the answer, she will find it!
Mary Oben has taught the preschool class for 4 and 5 year olds since 1994. She is also the preschool director. This Minnesota farm girl realized early in life that she wanted to be a teacher. She received her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in home economics with a child development emphasis. Known as "Mrs. Mary", she believes that preschool children need to be able to play freely choosing from a wide range of materials that stimulate and teach in developmentally appropriate ways. "Over the years I've come to appreciate the special opportunity it is to work with 4 and 5 year olds. They are extremely open, and I am able to witness their tremendous growth," she said.
Kim Dadachanji teaches the preschool class for 3 year olds. She joined NHA as a substitute before she began teaching preschool in 1996. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and she attained her bachelor's degree in elementary education from APEX, an innovative teacher education program for developing experiential education. "Mrs. Kim's" experience includes working at The Vicarage School of Montessori/KinderCare in Hamden, CT. The school's founders were Montessori teacher trainers, and Mrs. Kim was exposed to a variety of Montessori materials and training. Her knowledge enables her to provide a joyful environment that stimulates her student's innate sense of wonder and develops their enthusiasm to discover, learn, and grow.
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