English, 10th Grade Homeroom
"Stephanie Holloman" is a native New Yorker who possesses a love of life and literature. Some say she missed her calling to the theater, but she makes the classroom a stage as she infects her students with an enjoyment of all things English. Mrs. Holloman received a B.A. in English Language Arts/Education from Hunter College (New York), a Master’s in Education from Adelphi University (New York) and furthered her education with a Ph.D. (ABD) in Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership from Walden University (Maryland). Her career spans 25 years in public and private schools across three states - Maryland, Virginia and New York. Mrs. Holloman brings to NHA certifications in 7-12 English, Elementary Teacher, experience in Gifted Education and experience in curriculum development. Relationships are important to Mrs. Holloman and she builds them through a demonstrated commitment to exposing her students to opportunities that tap into and build their potential.
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.
"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).
Civics and Government, World History
Born in Pennsylvania, Ms. Leah moved to the DMV shortly after completing college. Her first teaching assignment took her to Prince George’s County Public Schools where she taught third grade. The following year, Ms. Leah began her twenty year tenure with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). While working for DCPS, Ms. Leah had the opportunity to teach a wide range of grades and subjects including all early childhood and elementary grades, math, and Spanish. Just prior to joining New Hope Academy, Ms. Leah taught middle school English at a local Montessori school. Ms. Leah has enjoyed working in diverse education settings.
Ms. Leah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College. She has an earned master’s degree in Multiple Levels of Education from Regent University. She has also completed many doctorate level courses in K to 12 Leadership also at Regent University. Ms. Leah believes traditional instruction is important. But she also believes teachers should be innovative so that learning will be fun and challenging.
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.
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.
Algebra and Geometry
Marilyn Cohen teaches Algebra 1 and Geometry, but her main roles at the school are as education director and as school counselor. This Baltimore native has her Master's degree in school counseling from the University of Maryland. She has been with NHA since 1993. She has had many years of experience counseling children of all ages, including three years in Liberia and six years in Russia, at diplomatic schools. Mrs. Cohen has published articles: "Roots of Sibling Rivalry" and "Instilling Respect in Children" in Jones, F. & Jones, B. (1997) Raising Children of Peace, a book on parenting and families. She facilitates meetings between parents and administration to deal with the student's individual needs and/or issues. She also provides academic advice and college planning for students.
Algebra, Honors Geometry
Hailing from New York City, Mr. Cohen earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland and a Master's degree in Mathematics from Shippensburg University. He has been teaching since 1969; grades 6-12 (including 4 years at Sandy Spring Friends School in Montgomery County), university classes (including Trinity University and Potomac College in D.C.), as well as continuing education for adults. Mr. Cohen taught overseas for eight years in Liberia and six years in the former Soviet Union. Every summer since 1995 he's been the instructor for the Johns Hopkins University gifted and talented middle school course entitled "Inductive and Deductive Reasoning."
Laurie Toker teaches advanced math courses (Trigonometry and Pre-calculus) as well as AP Calculus AB in addition to her primary responsibility as Business Manager for NHA since 1995. Born in Rochester, NY, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Rochester. She is a National Merit Scholar and part of Phi Betta Kappa National Honors Society. She has always had a passion for math, taking an additional 20 credits of advanced math courses, mostly because, as she says, "math is fun." Mrs. Toker has taught every level of math from algebra 1 to AP Calculus using the Saxon math curriculum. She deeply appreciates the Saxon approach where topics are interwoven rather than being relegated to one unit and then forgotten. Students return to the same topic, each time being challenged to raise their understanding to a new level or to extend their knowledge by applying what they already know in a new way. In the end, they achieve mastery.
Eun Jung Kim
Eun Jung Kim teaches Korean language at all levels and for all grades at NHA since 2005. She's from Seoul, South Korea, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Japanese Literature, Language, and Education. She also holds a Master's degree in Bilingual Special Education from the George Washington University. "Ms. Kim" is fluent in Korean, English, and Japanese. She is a recognized author of Dynamic Korean II, a publication of her curriculum that is used across the nation. Ms. Kim's quest has always been to help students enjoy studying and aid them in overcoming their obstacles in learning a new language. She found that bridging curriculum with real-life experiences boosts students' desire to learn. In her upper grades, students have the chance to write essays in Korean to earn a scholarship to a three-week summer program 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
Noriko Wright, NHA's computer/information technology teacher, is a native of Japan. She started at NHA as a volunteer using her joint accounting and computer skills to fulfill various needs at the time. Her dedication to the school and its advancement became evident in 1997, when she created NHA's information technology program, designing the program and writing most of the curriculum materials. Mrs. Wright prepares her students in various areas of technology, including web design, animation, video game design, Photoshop, video editing and robotics to name a few. "Information technology skills are a prerequisite for the majority of 21st-century jobs, and will continue to grow," she said. "Figuring out how to get the results you want on a computer is a great way to exercise your mind. My students learn by doing."
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.
Emily Tevault teaches General Music to grades K-8, and a "show choir with a twist" music elective, C3 (Composers Choir Club) for grades 8-12. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University. Mrs. Tevault also loves to sing! She has sung in her church choir for 15 years, has directed the Junior Choir at her church for four years, was the Singing Coach for New Hope Academy's production of Cinderella, and assisted her daughter's class at New Hope Academy with preparing to sing songs for their Holiday Performance. Mrs. Tevault's goal is that every child is exposed to a variety of styles of music, enjoys and appreciates music, and that they learn to express the music they feel in their hearts.
Band, Music Creation
Parthenon Huxley, a.k.a., P. Hux, teaches NHA's Band and Music Creation elective for grades 8-12. He joined NHA in 2009 bringing professional expertise and dynamic approach to music to the students. Mr. Hux is a member of Electric Light Orchestra Part II (now The Orchestra). He's been dubbed a "pop visionary," "rock's most underrated pop genius," and a songwriting "master." He's written four top-20 hits, and three of his albums were named Album of the Year. Online critic Margot Carmichael Lester gushed about his 2001 album: "'Purgatory Falls' is potentially the most honest, moving and complete collection of love songs ever put on one record." Mr. Hux joined NHA to fulfill his desire to share his talents with the students. His hope is to inspire, develop, and create a love for music in the students which has blossomed into NHA's Leap of Faith Band.
Tim Cook loves to stay active, eat healthy, and be competitive. His passion for teaching comes from the belief that teachers are guiding students to be well-rounded, healthy, and responsible human beings. Tim promotes these habits and skill with a PE program that involves working out and cooperative games. As a dedicated participator and lover of athletics, Tim believes that some of the greatest character development can evolve when being part of a competitive team. While not always a PE teacher, Tim got involved in education when he lived and worked in Palestine for two years to teach English and Science to elementary students. He continues to enjoy being involved in students’ lives and watching them grow and learn here at New Hope Academy.
Joy Morrow, Principal
Health & Family, Culinary Arts
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.
Performing Arts Center Director
Concha Marchitelli is the founder, artistic director and administrator of the Dance & Drama program at New Hope Performing Arts Center. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Science from the University of the State of New York and two diplomas as a ballet and Spanish dance teacher from the Superior Conservatory of Dance and Music of Murcia, Spain, where she is from. She is certified by the Royal Academy of Dancing, the Spanish Dance Society and Kindermusik International. Her experience includes an additional 12 years as a Spanish dance teacher at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC., under the direction of Oleg Vinegradov. Since the program was established in 1991,she has produced and directed many dance performances and several musicals; among them The Wizard of Oz, Godspell, Cinderella, Peter & the Wolf, The Magical Land of Oz, Pinocchio, and Beauty and the Beast, all performed at venues like the Publick Playhouse and the Bowie Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Marchitelli adores working with children. "I rejoice when I successfully pass on to the children the love and appreciation for the performing arts," she said. Many of her students go on to pursue careers in dance or musical theater. She is proud to say that one of them performed on Broadway in the musical, "The Lion King."
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