Get to Know Our Team

Capital Village Schools is the product of the collaboration of a talented, experienced and passionate group of educators and professionals.

Our Team

The Capital Village PCS team is a dynamic group of talented, experienced and passionate educators and professionals.  Our staffing model pairs newer educators with veteran educators with many years of experience in high-quality instructional practices.  If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our career page.

Senior Leadership

Monica Green

Executive Director

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Monica Green knew from an early age that she was an educator. Growing up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, she began working with young people in middle and high school. After graduating from Towson University, Monica began her career as an educator teaching middle school English in Suitland, Maryland. For 15 years, she taught English and theater in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, developing a passion for integrating field experiences, community experts, and teaching artists into the everyday curriculum.

Monica has served as a team leader, department head, and coordinator for the AVID program, a college preparatory program aimed at making college accessible to all students. As an AVID coordinator, Monica led two new AVID sites to certification in four years by leading teams of teachers and tutors in improving the school’s instructional program and implementing additional supports for students not performing to their potential. Monica founded Capital Village PCS as a way of reaching students who get lost in the system of schools not built for them. She believes that with learning environments that are flexible, adaptable, and customizable to student needs, all students can thrive.

Tameika Freeman

Principal

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Tameika Ashford Freeman joined the Capital Village team in 2020 as our Founding Director of Curriculum & Instruction. She knew from a very young age that she was destined to be an educator. After graduating high school, she earned a degree in Secondary English Education from Dillard University and a Masters of Education with a focus on Curriculum & Instruction from Sam Houston State University. For 19 years, Tameika has never wavered from her commitment to creating diverse and rigorous pathways for all learners. Throughout her career, she has found success by maintaining a laser-focus on three categories: personalized learning, student-centered culture, and stakeholder development. Under Tameika’s leadership, educators exhibit authentic growth which transforms into positive student outcomes. Her job as an instructional coach called upon her to develop cross-curricular professionals, create individualized professional development programs, and facilitate critical conversations in a professional and respectful manner. As a building principal, she spearheaded the transformation of entire academic programs. Tameika Ashford Freeman lives by one simple truth: No task is ever too great or too small when it comes to educating and motivating students and inspiring and challenging colleagues. It is this truth that she proudly brings to the Capital Village Team.

Keina Hodge

Chief Operating Officer

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Keina Hodge joined the Capital Village team as our Founding Director of Operations in 2019. Hailing from a family of educators, she’s always had a passion for education and a desire to work in underserved communities to help close the achievement gap. While the first eight years of her career were spent working in marketing and media , the last 10 years have been spent in education opening several new charter schools between Delaware, California, and D.C. She holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Temple University, an M.A. in Mass Communications and Media Studies from Howard University and an MBA from the Earl G. Graves School of Business at Morgan State University. She is a Baltimore native and a dedicated dog mom and auntie.

Faculty and Staff

Anthony Ball

Science Teacher

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Anthony W. Ball was born, raised and still resides in Washington, D.C. He has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University (Mass Communication major, English minor) and a master’s degree from American University (Public Communication). Mr Ball began a career in journalism, writing and copyediting at The Washington Post and other local publications. He then transitioned to teaching various communication and business courses at Trinity Washington University, Montgomery College and The Catholic University of America. Next was a transition to the District of Columbia Public School System, where he taught several African American History and communication courses at the middle school level. In between, Mr. Ball taught at an alternative high school in Northern Virginia. He now enjoys teaching Science at Capital Village Public Charter School, where he continues to learn.

Candice Banks

Dedicated Aide

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Candice Banks, aka Ms. Candice, was born in Washington, DC. She grew up in Temple Hills,
MD. She attended PG county schools where she graduated from Frederick Douglass High
School with a 3.0 GPA. Candice also graduated from Sandford Brown College where she
studied and attained a degree in Medical Billing and Coding. Ms. Banks is s mother of three
children.

Aja Bogan

Office Manager

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Ms. Aja, as she would like to be called, is the founding Office Manager at Capital Village PCS
starting in 2020. Ms. Aja has been working in the charter school field since 2005. While being a
founding member of Imagine School in Washington, DC, she has found a love for operations
and helping families with the enrollment process, even though her ideal job would rather be the
celebrity personal assistant to Sean "Brother Love" Combs :-). She is the “auntie” for all staff
and students–whether it’s giving you a courageous conversation or just giving you a loving hug
or something that she cooked to eat. Ms. Aja has a passion for cooking and shopping.



Eleisha Bridges

Dedicated Aide

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Celeste Brown

Behavioral Health Coordinator

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Yendy Brown

Classroom Assistant

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Robert Byrd

Dean of Student Culture

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Robert Byrd is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Maryland and graduated from Suitland High School. Mr. Byrd joins Capital Village as our Founding Dean of Student Culture and Wellness. Before becoming a part of our team and family at Capital Village, Mr. Byrd served as the Training and Compliance Coordinator for Johns Hopkins Medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Mr. Byrd is an Air Force Veteran who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Christian Counseling. Mr. Byrd’s passion and dedication for empowering and equipping youth to be a part of building brighter futures for themselves began as a counselor in a therapeutic group home setting with Hearts and Homes for Youth in Montgomery County. Mr. Byrd has over two decades of experience working in general and special education settings in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, MD., where his enthusiasm for supporting student learning through programs and services while promoting growth, development, and communicating values and standards is contagious. An avid collector of all things Batman, when not at Capital Village you can find Mr. Byrd collecting comics, playing video games in his Man Bat-Cave, working at his part-time job at Planet Fitness, and advocating for self-care in his spare time.



Achanta'e Clark

Classroom Assistant

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Marcus Clark

Athletic Director / Health and Fitness Teacher

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Brianna Cooley

Dance Teacher

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A native to the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, Brianna (affectionately known as Bri) began her dance career at the early age of 2. Brianna was provided with a strong foundation with ballet, tap, and jazz techniques. Brianna has trained at various elite seasonal intensive and residency programs including Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Rock School of Ballet, The Maryland Youth Ballet, and the Dance Theater of Harlem Youth Residency. She also has performed at renowned venues such as Walt Disney World, FedEx Field home to the Washington Football Team, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Brianna is a former Washington Football Team All-Star Dancer, a four-time Washington Football Team Jr. Cheerleader, a four-time member of the National Cherry Blossom Parade All-Star Tap Team, and a former cast member of The Nutcracker, with the distinguished Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Brianna attended and graduated from the Center for the Visual & Performing Arts Program at Suitland High School as a Dance Major in 2016. Not long after graduating, she continued her love for dance and began her career as a dance instructor and choreographer.  As an instructor, Brianna has been able to find her style of artistry and began telling her own stories through choreography. She enjoys creating a story through dance and being able to mentor and guide her younger dancers. Even as an instructor, Brianna actively trains to keep her skills sharp. She believes, “If I’m sharp on my technique and skills, my students will be too.” She feels teaching is one of the best ways for her to give back to the community and supply the next generation of young dancers with lifelong skills and techniques. To know more about Brianna visit the attached link! https://www.briannacooley.com/bio

Osaze Crittendon

Classroom Assistant

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Osaze Crittendon, A.K.A Mr. O, is a Washington, D.C native, born at Washington Hospital
Center, right down the street from Capital Village. In his early years, he started his learning
journey at two years old at an African-centered school named Nationhouse, located in uptown Washington, D.C. He attended Nationhouse for 12 years (pre-k through 9th grade), then he
attended Phelps Architecture Construction and Engineering High School in Northeast
Washington, D.C. He studied at Virginia State University, Montgomery College and Prince
George’s Community College. He received certifications from the University of the District of
Columbia Workforce program. He has worked with the Department of Recreation for seven
consecutive summers mentoring and working with kids. He is an active mentor and orchestrator
in a rites of passage manhood training for youth. In 2021, he taught at Nationhouse to begin his
teaching career. Now, he is at Capital Village Public Charter School as he continues his
learning/teaching journey and strengthens his abilities to help educate the youth.

Rhonda Crittendon

Mentor Teacher / Success Coach

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Rhonda Crittendon is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in 1995. She received a master’s degree from American University in Elementary Education in 2006. Rhonda is a dedicated educator and mentor with more than 20 years of teaching experience — from first grade through high school, to coordinating cross-district special education services. She
is an insightful and empathetic communicator. She is insightful and an empathetic communicator, she is known for fostering positive rapport with all she encounters. She believes the key components to effective teaching are being engaging, thinking “out of the box,” and having high expectations for all students regardless of academic level. Ms. Crittendon enjoys creating an instructional environment within the classroom that is inclusive of all students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs. She is an avid team player who believes in continued education, being accountable, and being humble. Ms. Crittendon joined the awesome Capital Village family/community in February 2022 and is committed to building a school-culture of academic and social excellence.

Evan Fitchett

Humanities Teacher

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Evan Fitchett grew up in Richmond, VA, and has lived in DC for the past 5 years. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International History, and joined the Urban Teachers 2021 DC cohort as an English Language Arts resident at Capital Village. Evan will graduate from Johns Hopkins University School of Education with a Master’s Degree in Education in May 2022. He comes from a line of educators and was inspired to teach by family and several of his own teachers who made him appreciate the art of teaching. Evan lives for the “ah-ha” moments in the classroom and believes deeply in facilitating student belief of their own excellence and creativity. Outside the classroom, he enjoys collecting trivial knowledge, playing strategy games, reading history nonfiction, and trying new things in the kitchen.

Shawniece Gaines

Humanities Teacher

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Jacqueline Johnson

Specialized Service Coordinator

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Jacqueline Johnson joined the Captial Village Public Charter School community in 2020 as a founding Humanities Special Education Teacher. She was born and raised in Washington, DC and graduated with honors from Friendship Collegiate Academy Senior High School. Jacqueline completed her post-secondary education at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, #GoMountaineers, earning a degree in Political Science with an emphasis on American Politics and Policy. She moved to Boston after graduating and began volunteering under the Americorps Program at Match Charter Public School in Jamaica Plain, MA. Through that program, she fell in love with teaching and explored the world of special education. After 6 years of working closely with students with disabilities in the classroom, Jacqueline now serves as the Specialized Services Coordinator at Capital Village. She believes that in order for us to truly know and understand where we’re headed, we need to know where we have been and be the change we want to see in the world. Jacqueline is excited to be part of the Capital Village community, ensuring ALL students receive a fair and appropriate education!


Sunny Leake

Classroom Coah

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Carleton Levert

Speech Pathologist

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Carleton Levert joined Capital Village PCS in 2020 as a founding member of the Specialized Education Team as a Speech-Language Pathologist. He holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the District of Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio
Wesleyan University.. His experience is with special needs populations, primary to post-secondary school aged students, and those challenged by literacy skills. Carleton is an entreperneur, a linguist, and member of the Phi Beta Sigma International Fraternity, Inc. Carleton is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Ohio.


India McKinney

Classroom Aide

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Claire Monyak

Special Educator

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Claire Monyak was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to Washington, D.C. to join Capital Village Public Charter School’s founding team in 2020. After graduating from Bucknell University with a major in Spanish, she then continued her education and received a master’s in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. Claire’s passion for education began at a very young age, as she vowed to become a teacher as early as the third grade. When she is not in the classroom, Claire enjoys playing with her dogs, cooking mac and cheese, and visiting local cow farms.

Bridget O'Carroll

Community Engagement & Operations Associate

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Bridget O’Carroll was born and raised in Tampa, Florida before moving to Baltimore for college. She attended the honors program at Loyola University Maryland and graduated in 2021 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Before joining Capital Village as the Community Engagement & Operations Associate in Fall 2022, Bridget did a year of service with FoodCorps AmeriCorps in Camden, NJ where she taught lessons focusing on nutrition, health, and wellness. In her free time, Bridget enjoys exploring local businesses, walking in Rock Creek Park, baking, and working towards a sustainable lifestyle. Bridget is excited to be a part of the Capital Village community and help create an engaging, thoughtful and inclusive environment for all staff and students!

Armando Rodriguez

Facilities Manager

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Jaqueline Stevens

Instructional Specialist

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Jacqueline Stevens graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Loyola University Maryland with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. For the past 20 years, she has worked in education as a high school English teacher, Academic Counselor, and Academic Dean. Currently, Ms. Stevens serves Capital Village as an Instructional Specialist. She believes that all students deserve to learn and grow in safe physical and academic environments that emotionally nurture their growth.

Faith Stewart

Instructional Behavioral Specialist

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Emily Sturtevant

Math Special Educator

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Emily Sturtevant was born and raised in Maine and has lived in Washington, DC for the past 5 years. Emily graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in African Studies. Upon moving to DC, Emily worked at Year Up, a nonprofit that works to support young adults in gaining the skills that will empower them to reach their fullest potential within their profession. At Year Up, she found her passion for teaching and mentorship. After this spark was ignited, Emily joined the Urban Teachers Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Education where she graduated with her Masters in the Science of Education in 2022. Emily started her teaching career as a founding Math teacher for Capital Village in 2020 and is now a Special Education Math Teacher. She believes that we are all mathematicians and thinks the key to learning math is engaging in productive struggle. In her free time, Emily enjoys playing with her dog, trying new recipes, and learning to knit.

Yao Teng

Math Teacher

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Yao Teng grew up in Connecticut and came to Washington, D.C. two years ago. Before Yao moved, he attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with a degree in Mathematics/Actuarial Science in 2019. After graduation, he joined AmeriCorps and served a year with another school in Connecticut where his passion for teaching and education truly came to his realization. From this, Yao decided to move to Washington D.C. to join the Urban Teacher Program as well as start his Master’s degree with Johns Hopkins University in 2021. Since joining the program, Yao started his career in Capital Village first as a resident teacher and is now the math teacher for 7th and 8th grade. In his beliefs, math is best done in a small group model as this is the best way to provide the most individualized learning where the teacher is able to get to everyone. He was very excited that this is the model that is being used and believed in by Capital Village as well. In terms of Yao’s free time, he enjoys traveling, skiing, and video games as well as building computers from time to time.

Ebony Wheeler

Yoga Teacher

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Ebony Wheeler is a Washington DC native and a certified yoga instructor specializing in Vinyasa yoga, YIN yoga, restorative yoga, sound healing and kids yoga. Ebony also specializes in various forms of body work, including Thai Yoga massage, Fascia blasting and is currently studying Ayurvedic massage. In 2015, Ebony was introduced to a meditation center as a resource to manage her mental health and self care, soon after she walked into a yoga studio and never looked back. Realizing the positive effects the practice had on her life she wanted to share it with her community and the students she worked with in DCPS. In 2016 Ebony was accepted into a teachers training program and received her 200 hour Vinyasa/Hatha certification from Capitol Hill Yoga. Since then Ebony has received a 75 hour certification in trauma informed and inclusivity yoga as well as apprenticing under various seasoned teachers. In 2019 she created a youth program Project ME Youth. Her program is designed to teach the fundamentals of a physical yoga practice, mindfulness
techniques as well as how to incorporate the principles of yoga into her students’ everyday lives.
Her class style is challenging yet doable and fun, focusing on safety and accessibility. Students
will experience a safe, well-planned class filled with supportive and effective cues. You’ll be
encouraged to find your flow outside of her voice and to modify if needed. Most importantly students will experience connecting with themselves through the practice of yoga.

Eileen A. Williams

Operations Associate

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Eileen A. Williams is a retired administrative officer from Howard University, Washington, DC. She has more than 45 years’ experience as an administrative assistant, executive-level secretary, and administrative officer working with executive-level professionals. The majority of her experience (more than 20 years) has been in college-level education (Howard University) working in the administrative, personnel, budgetary, and supervisory capacities. Mrs. Williams has also been involved in the community for many years, initiating and overseeing projects and community-wide events and teaching classes involving youth and teens.  

Trevor Wilson

Math Teacher

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