School Staff


Megan vroman, principal

Megan Vroman was announced as the Principal for Ida B. Wells MS on February 12. She will transition into her new role in March. Please see the full announcement below from DCPS Instructional Superintendent, Dr. Drewana Bey.

New North Middle School Principal Announcement.English.pdf
New North Middle School Principal Announcement.Spanish.pdf

William lyles, assistant principal

Mr. Lyles will be joining us from a feeder school, LaSalle-Backus Education Campus, where he has demonstrated a strong commitment to the school and Ward 4 community. At LaSalle-Backus Education Campus, Mr. Lyles currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Math and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and previously served as a math instructional coach. Mr. Lyles received his Bachelor’s degree and Master of Education from Clark Atlanta University.


Claudia Andrade and Claire Shanahan

This fabulous team will lead our students in ELA (English Language Arts). While Ms. Shanahan is technically our ELA-ELL teacher, both teachers have experience serving second language learners and native English speaking learners and will co-teach all classes and all students together. Ms. Andrade is joining us from DC Bilingual Public Charter School and Ms. Shanahan is joining us from Ballou Senior High School.

SOCial and emotional support team

Jessica Silva - Bilingual School Counselor

Jennifer Raifsnider - Social Worker

Dara Drummond - School Psychologist

This amazing team brings a wealth of experience and passion for student development and family engagement. They all will play a critical role in supporting the emotional development of our scholars and helping us launch Peace of Mind, a SEL (social emotional learning) curriculum for students, which includes a focus on self regulation through mindfulness and other strategies! We are working with the Peace of Mind team to develop their very first middle school curriculum! Ms. Silva is joining us from a feeder school, LaSalle-Backus EC, Ms. Raifsnider is joining us from Kelly Miller Middle School and Ms. Drummond is joining us from Patterson ES.

social and emotional learning (SEL) - Coach

We are excited for this new role! Ms. Coles will support our staff and scholars with implementing strategies that support social-emotional learning, including strategies for self-regulation and designing developmentally appropriate learning environments for pre-adolescents. She will also be the leader for culture and behavior. Ms. Coles will be joining us from West EC.

instructional coach - ela

Heimy Salgado - Instructional Coach ELA

Ms. Salgado has spent over 12 years in middle grades education. She is committed to a strong middle grades experience and is passionate about developing a love of literacy in students. She is joining us from West Education Campus, where she has served as an ELA coach and Reading Specialist.

special education team

Howard Perkins, Tandrea Gibson, Khadijah Scott and Brittani Ogden- Special Education Team

This phenomenal team will lead our work with students with diverse learning needs. Everyone on the team has experience in special education and are committed to an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all scholars. Mr. Perkins is joining us from Houston ES, Ms. Gibson is joining us from Cesar Chavez PCS, Ms. Scott is joining us Johnson MS and Ms. Ogden is joining us from Jefferson MS.