Introducing SY 2017-18 Elementary School Director
Jessica HiltabidelElementary School Director (Grades PK3 – 4th)
We are pleased to announce Ms. Jessica Hiltabidel as our next Elementary School principal of DC Scholars Public Charter School, effective July 1, 2017.
Ms. Hiltabidel was chosen as principal because of her outstanding leadership and coaching skills and her passion for educational excellence. She began her career as an elementary school special education teacher in Baltimore City, then she served as the founding middle school math teacher and team lead as the school expanded. After nearly a decade of teaching, she trained DC teachers and administrators at the Center for Inspired Teaching, where she has been for the last four years.
Her experience as a teacher in an urban environment informed her educational philosophy, which is based on the belief that children are born with a natural curiosity and love of learning that must be nurtured by all educators – parents and teachers alike. As a teacher trainer, she has been featured as a presenter at national conferences including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and in the media with CCTV/CGTN where she has spoken with international audiences about the importance of the teacher as the greatest factor of influence and change in the field of education.
Ms. Hiltabidel is an alumna of The Johns Hopkins University where she double majored in Biology and Psychological & Brain Sciences. She entered the teaching profession through the Baltimore City Teaching Residency and received her Master’s in Leadership and Teaching from the Notre Dame of Maryland University with a specialty in reading instruction and special education. She also served as the National President/CEO of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., a Latina interest organization dedicated to the empowerment of women of color.
When asked, “Why DC Scholars?” Ms. Hiltabidel shared, “I chose DC Scholars because the school’s values allow me to join the heroic community already established by the teachers, parents, school leaders, and community members who make a difference each and every day. As the new principal, I look forward to taking the foundation and the roots that are already established and amplifying the influence, highlighting key components, and pinpointing the most pivotal leverages for change on behalf of the students.”
We feel incredibly fortunate that Ms. Hiltabidel will be leading our Elementary School and we wish her all the best in the upcoming year and years to come!
Carlie John Fisherow
DC Scholars PCS