About Principal and Staff



Principal, Janeece Docal, M.Ed., Ed.S. 

Janeece Docal found her passion for education while serving in Nicaragua and El Salvador and then while co-organizing the Common Futures Forum for the non-profit International Development Conference in Washington, DC.  She then worked as an Assistant Principal, the Math, Science, Business Academy Coordinator and English Department Chair at the Columbia Heights Education Campus--Bell Multicultural Senior High School in northwest Washington, DC, where she had been an educator for nine years.  She has enjoyed being a Fulbright-Hays scholar to New Zealand (studying curricular frameworks and reform efforts) as well as being the Washington Post Cultural Ambassador and Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar to Japan.  She completed her Ed.S. (2007) at The George Washington University in Educational Leadership and Administration and has been an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education.  She graduated with her Masters of Education (2000) from The George Washington University and undergraduate Honors-BA (1998) from Xavier University, OH.  She is a New Leader for New Schools (cohort 2008) and became the principal of Powell Elementary School in July 2009.
Janeece Docal encontró su pasión por la educación durante su servicio en Nicaragua y El Salvador, y también mientras co-organizaba un Foro de Atributos Comunes para la Conferencia de Desarrollo Internacional en Washington, DC, una organización sin fines de lucro. Luego trabajo como Asistente a Principal, Coordinadora de la Academia de Matemáticas, Ciencia y Negocios, y ocupó la Presidencia del Departamento de Inglés en la Columbia Heights Education Campus--Bell Multicultural Senior High School en northwest Washington, DC, en donde se desempeño como educadora por espacio de nueve años. Ella ha disfrutado ser Erudita representante de Fulbright-Hays al país de Nueva Zelanda (estudiando estructura curricular y los esfuerzos de la reforma) así como también ser la Erudita representante del Washington Post Cultural Ambassador and Fulbright Memorial Fund al país de Japón. Ella completó su preparación académica a nivel graduado en The George Washington University con un grado de maestría en Liderazgo Educativo y Administración, y ha sido Catedrática para la Escuela Graduada de Educación y Desarrollo Humano (Graduate School of Education and Human Development), del Departamento de Preparación de Maestros y Educación Especial (Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education). Ms. Docal obtuvo una Maestría en Educación (2000) en The George Washington University y completó su grado de Bachiller con Honores (1998) en Xavier University, OH. Ella se convirtió en la Principal de Powell Elementary School por medio del programa Líder Nuevo para Escuelas Nuevas (grupo del 2008) durante el pasado julio del 2009.


Mark Sanders, Assistant Principal

Theodore C. Hinton, Jr. , Dean of Culture
I was born in Apex, N.C.  I attended Tuskegee University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry.  I also received  a  Master of Art in Urban Studies from George Washington University.  I have worked with the D.C. Public schools for over forty years  and have  been a science teacher, assistant principal, principal,  mentor principal and Dean of Culture. 

Hiroko Akaike, Music Teacher

Monica Arciga, Kindergarten Teacher (Dual Language)

Ms. Arciga, a DC Teaching Fellow, is excited to join the Powell community as a Dual Language Kindergarten teacher.  Prior to joining Powell, Ms. Arciga was a Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute where she coordinated a national awards program for exceptional immigrant integration programs for three years.  Previously, Ms. Arciga worked for the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California.   Ms. Arciga holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego and a completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. 


Kayleigh Arslan, SPED Teacher


Kacy Barton, Teacher
Juana Bendana, Aide

Krystal Beaulieu, Preschool Teacher
Email: krystal.beaulieu@dc.gov 


Yadira Botello, Registrar


Sandra Borjas, Aide

Kathy Caro, ESL Teacher

Jonathan Clay, Art Teacher
Jonathan Clay joined the Powell staff during the 08-09 school year as the Visual Arts teacher.  His previous teaching experiences were at Pathways Schools and at the Friendship Public Charter Schools -Woodridge Campus as an Art Teacher for two years.  He has a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Art Studio from George Mason University, and is currently a graduate student at American University in the Education program.
Romeo G. Del Rosario, Business Manager
Romeo G. Del Rosario, place of birth Maui Island, HI.  Married with two children.  He has attended Sumulong College, Bookkeeping - Honolulu, HI and the University of the East, BSBA, Acctg. & Finance - Manila, Philippines.  Technical School EDPTS, Main Frame Intro - Los Angeles, CA.  His hobbies are Tennis, Softball and Chess.

Eduardo Del Valle, School Counselor
Eduardo Del Valle started in DCPS in 2008 when hired as a Bilingual School psychologist for Powell ES. He completed a 1,200 hours psychology internship at Prince Georges County Public Schools from 2007-08. His career in education started back in 1995 as a public school English teacher at the Department of Education of Puerto Rico. He then moved to found a private school (Academia Cristiana Catacumba) in 1998 and became school principal for 5 years. After that he stayed 2 additional years as a middle-high school learning center director. Mr. Del Valle is also a veteran of the Gulf War and served onboard the USCGC Gallatin, and later became an aviator and flew the C-130 aircraft. He also served his community in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico as youth pastor and elder in a church, and was the director of the church's community outreach effort. He's also been a radio broadcaster, public speaker, actor, coach, and currently holds the best job any person can hope for; the parent of two precious jewels God has graced him with, my two children.   

Kira Moore, SPED Teacher
Kira DeMartino joined the Powell team in 2009 as a Head Start teacher.  She previously worked with preschool-aged students at the Virginia Institute for Autism and with elementary students at the New York Center for Autism.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia and is working towards her Masters in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University.


Jennifer Dillard, 1st Grade Teacher
Jennifer Dillard was born in Washington, DC on  October 23, 1980.  She was raised in Annapolis, MD in an amazing neighborhood called Sherwood Forest. Jen attended Indian Creek Elementary School, where she has also been a substitute teacher, and St. Mary's High School in Annapolis.  Jen graduated from University of North Carolina in Wilmington with a major in Elementary Education and minor in Psychology.  Jen started teaching pre-school almost directly out of college.  After one year of teaching pre-school, Jen decided to move to Washington DC to teach elementary school.  She taught 5 years at Powell Elementary in the third grade, with a short stop in the first grade, and is currently teaching second grade. Jen is currently attending Trinity University to pursue a masters in Counseling.  
Natalia Fuller-Walker, SPED Teacher
Melissa Guillen, 1st Grade Teacher
Jason Harris, Pre-K Teacher
Email: jrharris24@gmail.com  

Jason Harris joined the Powell team in 2013. Previously he taught kindergarten in Southeast D.C. as part of the Capital Teaching Residency. He has also worked with elementary-aged students in Boston and high school students at the Cape Eleuthera Island School in the Bahamas. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Urban Studies and International Relations.

James Hennessy, ESL Teacher
Mr. Hennessy, ESL Teacher, joined the Powell Team in August of 2007.  He's a dual-language Kindergarten Teacher.  He currently holds a license to teach ESL at the K-12 grade levels in DC Public Schools.  He graduated with a degree in Behavioral Science.  Mr. Hennessy believes that all children are capable of learning in two languages.

Wendolyn Ilund, 2nd Grade Teacher

Tiffany Jacobs, SPED Dedicated Aide

Lauren Jarrell, 2nd Grade Teacher

Maria Jimenez, ESL Teacher

Mario Jones, Custodian
Email: mario.jones@dc.gov

Ericka Lindo, IT Coordinator/Family-Parent (P.O.P.P.) Liaison

Joel Loewenguth, ESL Teacher
Joel Loewenguth joined the Powell staff in 2007 as an ESL teacher. Mr. Loewenguth previously taught at Friendship Southeast Charter School as a Spanish and Music teacher for four years and spent one year as a Spanish teacher at Marriott Hospitality High School. He also spent a year as a substitute teacher at East High school in Rochester, NY before deciding to pursue a career in the teaching profession. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in Sociology, Speech Pathology, and Education. He recently completed his Master’s degree in ESL at American University

Darren Lopez, ESL Teacher

Keysha Luckey, Custodian Forman
Keysha Luckey was born and raised in Washington, DC.  She attended DCPS in her childhood days.  Mrs. Luckey is happily married with 4 kids and have been working with DCPS for 9 years.
Raquel Maya, 2nd Grade Teacher

Lauren Manning, School Counselor
Lauren Manning joined the Powell staff in 2009 as the school counselor. Ms. Manning previously worked at the elementary and high school levels in Albemarle County School (Virginia). She completed both her B.A. in History with a minor in Special Education and a M.Ed in School Counseling (PK-12) at the University of Virginia. Ms. Manning is a native Washingtonian, however this is her first year with DC Public Schools.
Rodney Mcdaniel, Custodian
Email:  rodney.mcdaniel@dc.gov


Cathy Moessner, 5th Grade Teacher
Cathy Moessner, began teaching at Powell Elementary School in 2002.  She has taught many grades and subjects in her time at Powell, including 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades, science to grades kindergarten through 5, and middle school mathematics.  She studied elementary education at American University, and middle grade mathematics at George Washington University.



Cheryl Nicely, Kindergarten Teacher
Cheryl Nicely, Kindergarten Teacher, joined the Powell Team in August 2008 teaching in a dual language classroom.  Mrs. Nicely holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood from The Ohio State University and a K-12 Reading Endorsement.  Before moving to Washington, DC in 2007, Mrs. lived in Columbus, Ohio, where she taught second grade reading intervention.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Nicely worked in retail sales and management for over 20 years.  She is originally from Michigan.

Lucia Nunez, SPED
Email:  nunezluc4@aol.com
Sasha Otero, Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Sasha joined the Powell team in August 2010 through Teach for America. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelors degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences and is currently working towards a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University. She grew up in Miami, Florida, the eldest of 5 siblings. 
Barbara Penya, World Language
I am Barbara Perolada. I have been working in education since 2003. I have been teaching English as a second language since then and I have been also a class teacher in 1st grade. I taught CLIL (content language integrated learning ) for 2 years in my last school in 5th and 6th grade (Science in English). I had the opportunity to take a 3 months course in England sponsored by the Educational Department. The project is published in the website. I also have a Master is Assistance in Learning Difficulties.

Cesarina Pierre 3rd Grade Teacher


Kaila Ramsey, SPED Teacher

Dadee Ramos, Aide


Julia Ruiz, Aide
Email:  ruizmilagro@yahoo.com
My name is Julia Ruiz. I am from El Salvador, and I’m very excited to join the Powell Community.

Sergio Santiago, ESL Teacher
I was born in Yuma, AZ.  I honorably served in the United States Marine Corps before I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University.  Through Penn State and Teach for America, I fell in love with education.  I am a very excited to be a part of the Powell team as a 2nd grade Dual Language Teacher.  Currently, I'm attending George Mason University and pursuing a Masters in Elementary Education.  

Laura Schwartz, 1st Grade Teacher

Laura graduated from Boston University with a degree in Elementary Education.  After graduating she spent a year living and teaching in Spain. She began her work at Powell in February of 2011. Laura is very excited to work with the Powell team as the First grade Dual Language program.

Graciela Segovia, Aide
Emily Sever, ESL Teacher
Laura Steinmetz, PreKindergarten Teacher

Christine Stoessel, Librarian
Christine Stoessel spent many years teaching English as a Second Language before embarking upon a new career in librarianship. She taught in universities, junior high/middle schools, and other public elementary schools in the Washington, DC metro area as well as in schools and universities in Europe and Africa. Ms. Stoessel is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America and hopes to finish in the fall of 2010. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, crafts, outdoor activities and sports in general.

Lisa Strzepek, Instructional Coach
Nicole Stroman, SPED Coordinator
Amy Symonds, Pre-School Teacher
Email:  amy.symonds@dc.gov
Amy is very excited to join the Powell team as a Preschool teacher. Last year, Amy was a Preschool Teaching Resident at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School as part of the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. Amy grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Development and Education, as well as Spanish and English minors.
Mia Thornton, Administrative Assistant/Assistant to the Principal
Email:  Thornton, Mia E. (DCPS) <mia.thornton@dc.gov>
She joined Powell Elementary in 2009 as the offfice Clerk.   


Majitu Tiba, Aide
Email:  Tiba.Majitu@dc.gov 

Emmanuel Villarreal, Bilingual Psychologist
Email: emmanuel.villarreal2@gmail.com
Emmanuel Villarreal is excited to be joining the Powell family as a bilingual School Psychologist. A native of Texas, Mr. Villarreal has previously served as a School Psychologist Intern with KIPP Austin and Austin ISD, as well as a licensed School Psychologist with Family Service of Greater Boston before joining the Powell Elementary team in 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas San Antonio and a Master’s/Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Texas State University. In his spare time, Mr. Villarreal enjoys traveling, politics, watching Dallas Cowboys/Spurs games, and spending time with his wife, Michelle, and their energetic beagle, Charlie.



Dorthea Washington, Nurse