Meet our Contributors (Part 1)

Tanesha DixonTanesha E. Dixon

Wheatley Education Campus


Tanesha Dixon is a 7th & 8th grade Social Studies teacher and Technology Integration Coach at Wheatley Education Campus in Ward 5. She has also spent this year as an Education Innovation Fellow, a partnership of the CityBridge Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund, learning, designing, and implementing innovations in blended learning. In addition to her teaching, coaching and fellowship responsibilities, Tanesha also serves as a Social Studies Teacher Cohort Leader and Teacher Selection Ambassador.

Prior to teaching in DC, Tanesha was both a middle and high school teacher in Gainesville, FL, where she was honored as the county’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Florida.  Outside of work, Tanesha enjoys spending time with family, designing jewelry, and baking.

Sean McGrathSean McGrath
Stuart-Hobson Middle School

From published author to award-winning game show contestant, Sean McGrath wears many hats, except when he’s in his school building – it’s against the rules. As a fifth-year teacher, Sean brings U.S. history to life for his eighth graders at Stuart-Hobson Middle School through engaging hooks, enriching field trips, complex texts, creative writing assignments, and higher-level assessments. As part of the Chancellor’s Cabinet this year, Sean is proud to be an integral teacher-leader in the growing DC Public Schools family. Keep up with his shenanigans – and those of his students – on twitter at @USHistorySHMS.

Clare BerkeClare Berke
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Clare Berke teaches 9th grade English and AP Language & Composition at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School.  This is her fifth year teaching in DCPS, and she enjoys sponsoring the journalism club and biking from home to school in under 15 minutes.  Ms. Berke has her M.Ed. from George Washington University and is a Core Leader for the Teach Plus Network’s Cutting to the Core professional learning series.

Amanda JonasAmanda Jonas
Stanton Elementary School

A native Buffalo New Yorker, Amanda made the move to Washington DC three years ago to pursue a career in elementary education through Teach For America. Currently in her third year at Stanton Elementary, Amanda teaches 5th grade math and heads up the Blending Learning program at her school. Highly effective last year, Amanda brings humor and creativity into her classroom and prides herself on building strong relationships with her students.

Destinee HodgeDestinee Hodge
Kelly Miller Middle School

Destinee Hodge is a third-year Spanish teacher at Kelly Miller Middle School. Originally from the British Virgin Islands, she attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Spanish and Journalism. She has infused her passion for travel, language and culture into her students’ learning experiences and hopes the knowledge she shares with them will ignite a desire to explore the world for themselves. She teaches her students how to be cultural translators or modern-day “Sacagaweas” by making them knowledgeable about other cultures and helping them to act as a mediator between other customs and their own. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, reading, and playing her flute.

Amanda RogersAmanda Rogers
Langley Elementary School

Amanda Rogers began teaching visual arts in Pennsylvania after graduating from Moravian College in 2007. After working in public schools in Pennsylvania for three years, she moved to Washington DC to work for DCPS. During her first two years with the district, Amanda worked at Jefferson Academy Middle School as a digital arts and visual arts instructor. She also designed a mural for the annual DCPS Beautification Day for the students at Jefferson, which Kaya Henderson and 20 other volunteers and students helped to paint.  This year Amanda has transitioned to teaching visual arts at Langley Elementary School. She currently writes a classroom blog and updates the classroom Instagram account with colorful and exciting photos of her students working. In her free time Amanda Rogers loves to make D.I.Y crafts, play with her Boston Terrier, and be outdoors.

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