MIDDLE SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM!

Zenada Mahon is our new Middle School Principal. For the last five years, Ms. Mahon has served as principal at The SEED School of Washington and Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School, Capitol Hill Campus. She has over fourteen years of experience in working in education. Ms. Mahon has worked as an English Language Arts teacher for grades 7, 8, and 10 in Prince George's County Public Schools, and as a reading specialist for grade 6 in DC Public Schools. She has also served as a reading specialist, instructional coach, data and accountability specialist, assistant principal, and principal. Ms. Mahon was part of the first cohort for the New Leaders Emerging Leaders Program. She received national principal endorsement after successfully completing New Leaders Aspiring Principals Program. Ms. Mahon is a graduate from The State University of New York at New Paltz and earned a BA in english and secondary education. She received additional training in school turnaround leadership through Harvard's Graduate School of Education and is completing an executive master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

 
Rohey Mbenga is our new Assistant Director for Student Support Services. Ms. Mbenga has served our students as the 8th grade ELA teacher for the last two years. Before that, she worked as the Literacy and Humanities inclusion teacher for the 8thgrade. Since becoming an educator, Ms. Mbenga has taken on a variety of leadership positions: Curriculum Developer for the Master Teacher Cadre and Teacher Leader Team/Curriculum Development for One World Education. Here at E.L. Haynes, Ms. Mbenga has been the 8th grade Team Lead. She began her career at Hands on Atlanta AmeriCorps and is a graduate of Spelman College.
 
Nicole Shivers is our new Assistant Principal for Literacy. For the last two years, Ms. Shivers has served as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction here at E.L. Haynes. In that role, she has supervised middle and high school teachers, designed and delivered professional development and launched the Teacher Alliance series. Ms. Shivers also led our Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process last year. Prior to Haynes, she worked as a Senior Master Educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools, and led professional development and evaluated and coached teachers in that role.
 
Sarah Valverde is our new Assistant Principal for STEM. Ms. Valverde previously worked as the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction for Achievement Prep Academy. In that role, she supervises 16 teachers in all subjects. Earlier in her career, Sarah supervised 12 teachers as the Assistant School Leader at KIPP San Antonio Public Schools, which is a dual language, two-way immersion school. Sarah also taught at KIPP Houston and worked as a Math Teacher Specialist at Houston Independent School District. Sarah has been a bilingual teacher and is a native Spanish speaker. She has completed the National Principal Academy Fellowship with Relay Leadership Programs.