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Meet the 2011 Excellence in Teaching & Leadership Award Recipients!

On Sept. 7, 2011, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson shared the names of the 2011 Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award recipients.

“It is a great honor to recognize these outstanding professionals for their dedication, skill and commitment,” said Chancellor Henderson. “Recognizing and rewarding teachers and principals shows our families, students and community what we believe is most important to the success of our schools: exceptional educators.”

These outstanding Educators were chosen from a pool of over 660 teachers and principals who earned the rating of highly effective on DCPS’ IMPACT educator evaluation system.  This year’s awardees represent a true cross-section of the diversity and skills that characterize the workforce within DCPS.  They will be honored at this year’s Standing Ovation on Sept. 19, 2011 at 6:30pm at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Excellence in Teaching Awards

  • Kelly Emminger, first grade teacher, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
  • Shira Fishman, math teacher, McKinley Technology High School
  • Eduardo Gamarra, humanities teacher, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School
  • Jonathan Jou, English as a Second Language teacher, Jefferson Middle School
  • Angelique Kwabenah, reading specialist, Incarcerated Youth Program
  • Tameka Petticolas, special education/autism teacher, Davis Elementary School
  • Doris Savoy, Spanish teacher, Coolidge High School

To read more about our winners, click here.

2 Comments / Author: mdonovan

Categories: Kaya Henderson, Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, Teacher Appreciation


  1. Jose Martinez

    Can you please list all 660 highly effective rated professionals? We want to celebrate their excellence! DCPS has not responded to our request. Thanks.

    • admin

      Hi! We will be posting the full event program which lists all of the highly effective educators that chose to be included. Should be up later this afternoon!