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Voting is now open for parent offices on the Home & School Association board and Local School Advisory Team for the 2017/18 School year.
Stop by the office between 8am and 4pm to pick up a ballot and vote from now through Friday. Voting will also take place before and during the HSA meeting this Saturday. Results will be announced Monday.
Only HSA members (i.e., household has paid dues this year) may vote for the HSA. All parents & guardians can participate in the LSAT election.
HSA Candidates are (in alphabetical order):
Monique B. Williams
Vice-presidents (2 positions, vote for up to 2):
Adria Jones Wright
LSAT Candidates are: (4 candidates, you can vote for up to 4)
Monique B. Williams
Candidates have provided biographies so you can know a bit more about them, the age of their student(s), etc:
Nicholas Mennuti is a parent of a rising 6th grader and 9th grader at SWWFS and SSWHS respectively. Both of his children, Lilly and Charlie, have attended SWWFS since the transition year of 2013. Mr. Mennuti is a professional novelist and screenwriter, as well as a proud browsing addict of all the wonderful local bookstores D.C. has to offer. His first goal (among many) if elected to the HSA is to increase support and dialogue within the SWWFS community by making communication between parents and administration more clear and frequent, and to streamline all newsletters and announcements. Additionally, he is so impressed by the level of activity within the lower school that he seeks to raise the energy of the middle school to the same frequency.
Monique Boujean Williams is the proud mother of Asha and Liam Gardner. She works as the Director of Data Analysis and Reports for Syncatics. She has extensive experience collecting and analyzing data for communities and also teaches kid Zumba and child birth education. She would be very happy serve as HAS President.
Vice-President (2 positions)
Shaquana Banks is mother of a rising 2nd grader. When not volunteering at the school, she is employed as a Mental Health Therapist)Arlington, Virginia. She have been a parent at SWWFS since 2012 and has continued to be an active parent both during and after school hours. Since 2012, she has volunteered as a room parent, participated on events committees to assist with Teachers Appreciation, Spirit Week, and Beautification events. She also makes herself available to help wherever needed. She has served on the HSA Board over the years to include this 2016-2017 school term. She welcomes the opportunity to continue serving on the HSA Board because of her dedication to her daughter’s,education at SWWFS.
Beata Stylianos is a mom of a fourth grader in Ms. Ervin’s classroom at SWWFS. She is a CEO of a science and technology firm whose multimillion projects for the private and public sectors include clients such as NASA, Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Warner Brothers. In addition to the outlined LSAT responsibilities she will be working on incorporating STEM initiatives for our diverse SWWFS community and identifying ways that our entire community can support STEM educational opportunities.
Adria Jones Wright is parent to a rising Kindergartner named Julian and wife to another Julian; former Secretary (SY15/16) and present VP to the HSA Exec. Board; former Ward 2 representative to the Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet (SY 15/16); current Head Start Policy Council Vice-Chair; and a Substitute Teacher at SWWFS since March 2016. In addition, she’s worked on the Afterschool, Auction and Open house committees. She is an out of the box thinker and truly wants to make a difference in the lives of our little ones; help fight for the best learning environment possible; and to help our kids reach their full potential. She has enjoyed serving on the HSA Exec. Board and hopes to continue the good work begun and help make this school the best that it can be!
HSA Uncontested positions (Write-ins allowed)
Noni Buchanan (Treasurer candidate) is the proud mom of Drew Buchanan (4th grade) and currently a Financial Management Supervisor for the federal government, responsible for managing a $62M budget. She has 9 years of federal budgeting experience that encompasses planning, formulation, execution, and acquisitions. Noni has served on various budget committees and has been in a leadership capacity for the past 5 years. While in college at Virginia State University, Noni served as Treasurer for her sorority’s undergraduate chapter.
Jennie Chang (Recording Secretary candidate) is a parent to a daughter who is currently in kindergarten and a son in preK3 at SWWFS. She has been actively participating with school activities since her daughter started three years ago: initiating and implementing the afterschool world languages program, helping out with the annual school auction for the past three years, and being a room parent. She currently the HSA secretary and seeks to run for the position again for 2017-8 academic year. She is also the chair for this year’s auction. She recently started a new position at a pharmaceutical company in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and previously worked in the oncology division at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewing clinical trials for cancer drugs for approval. She is a pharmacist by training. She believes that involved parents play an integral part of what makes a school great, to support teachers and administrators for all the great work they do. Go Tigers!
Chris Sondreal (Membership Secretary candidate) works in documentary/non-fiction television. He is the father of a rising 3rd grader and SY17/18 will be his family’s 6th year at Francis-Stevens. Originally form the Midwest, he has lived in DC for more than two decades. This would be his second year as Membership Secretary, and he hopes to see continued growth in dues-paying families, while taking care that the HSA excludes none. He hopes to keep expanding the activities of the HSA in support of teachers and staff by recruiting more volunteers.
LSAT Candidate Biographies
Shirley M Degraphenreid was born, raised and lives in DC ward 7. She attended DCPS and graduated from the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts. Shirley is the mother of 3 sons, two of which are grown adults, one is a graduate of Morehouse College, and Jayden who is currently a six grader here at SWWFS middle school. Jayden has been at SWWFS since pre-K. Shirley has worked in the dental field for over 30 years as a dental surgical assistant, x-ray tech, auxiliary staff, and office manager. Her DCPS volunteer experience includes PTA membership, teacher support and chaperoning class trips.
Lee Granados is the former two-term president of SWWFS HSA. She is the parent of a 5th and 7th graders at SWWFS. Both children previously attended Ross Elementary where she served as a board member of the Parent Teacher Association. She is a former teacher and education consultant and currently works in the non-profit sector. Over the past few years, she has been more involved with managing logistics for large events in the city such as Capital Pride and the Nike Women’s Marathon. She is a second generation native of Washington, DC and resides with her family in the house she grew up in in Dupont Circle.
Carla Harris is parent to a sixth grader, Nina, at SWWFS. She is a native Washingtonian and returned to DC after 13 years of living in Miami. She is CEO of ImageWorks Consulting Firm, which works in the areas of professional staff and workforce development, executive coaching and image consulting with clients at all levels – from returning citizens to CEOs of major corporations. Her client list includes the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, the DC Department of Employment Services, the National Center for Children and Families, Progressive Life Center, University of Miami, Holland & Knight, Paxen Group, and College Success Foundation. In 1999 Ms. Harris created the very effective Building a Successful Image for Change – a career readiness and development training program.
Cedric Hendricks is the father of five children. Two of his children, Marcus and Nikki, attended the School Without Walls High School. Another two of his children, Maya and Mason, are currently students at the School Without Walls at Francis Stevens in Ms. Brown’s Third Grade Class and Ms. Almgren’s Kindergarten Class respectively. Cedric currently serves as Co-chair of the LSAT and is also the Chair of the School Improvement Team. Cedric is an attorney and an Associate Director at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA). Prior to joining CSOSA in 2001, Cedric worked as a staff counsel with the US House of Representatives for 15 years. He served on the Judiciary, Government Reform and the Education Committees. He also served as Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s first Legislative Director. Cedric Hendricks and his family reside in the U Street area of Washington, DC.
Tawanna Lee has been a part of the SWWFS community since 2012, with her three children, Victor, a 5th grader, Gia, a 2nd grader, and Tamia, a Kindergartener, and nephews grades 2 and 7. A native Washingtonian, Tawanna’s commitment to education extends into her local community. She proudly serves on the YEP-DC leadership team, a professional development organization for education professionals, on the board of Literacy Volunteers & Advocates, an adult literacy organization, and as reading mentor with Everybody Wins! DC. In her day job, Tawanna is a Director, Professional Development Programs with UNCF, a national nonprofit committed to supporting students of color to and through college. She leads several programs that provide students of color with transformational experiences that prepare them to enter into and advance within early-stage careers. Tawanna works to develop high potential students and serves as thought partner with organizations in enhancing their diversity efforts. Tawanna holds a master’s in Higher Education from Lynn University and a bachelor’s in International Business and Entrepreneurship from Florida Atlantic University.
Erin Martin has a rising 4th grader (Henry) and a rising 2nd grader (Jacob). The Martin family has enjoyed watching Francis Stevens evolve and grow into the school it is today over the past 6 years. She has served in multiple roles within the PTA and HSA. Erin is an assistant principal at a middle school in Montgomery County. She has worked in education for 17 years.
Monique Boujean Williams is the proud mother of Asha and Liam Gardner. She works as the Director of Data Analysis and Reports for Syncatics. She has extensive experience collecting and analyzing data for communities and also teaches kid Zumba and child birth education. She would be very happy to join the SWWFS LSAT.
Julian Wright is the father of rising Kindergartener, Julian, and husband of HSA officer Adria Wright. He is a serial entrepreneur and avid runner. As a SWWFS volunteer, Julian teaches 3 extended day classes for the middle school (book club and 2 entrepreneurship classes where students also learn to solve the Rubik’s cube) and trained the boy’s and girl’s basketball team. He is also on the Community Cabinet of Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, DCPS’ first school for young men of color. Julian looks forward to serving in any capacity possible in order to ensure the success of all SWWFS students and families.