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Corrine Anyanwu

 

Corrine Anyanwu has been a part of the John Adams team since January 2019.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from Towson University and her Masters of Education from Bowie State University with a concentration in Infant to Adult Special Education.  Mrs. Anyanwu began her teaching career with Prince George’s County Public Schools.  After 10 years of teaching, she transitioned into administration, serving as a school administrator for a special education public separate day school for 12 years.  Mrs. Anyanwu has also been an adjunct faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland for over 15 years.  As a member of the John Adams team, Mrs. Anyanwu not only supports the specialized instructional team, but also supports the school as a whole as the Testing Coordinator.

Mrs. Anyanwu is a native Washingtonian.  She enjoys spending time with her husband Emeka and their two sons.  In her free time, she loves to make jewelry, sew, and participate in half marathons

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Meredith Fortner

 

Meredith Fortner has been serving as an instructional coach at John Adams since 2014.  Prior to joining ACPS, Ms. Fortner led as an instructional coach in DC, taught fifth grade in Costa Rica, and third grade in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Ms. Fortner is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master Degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in English as an Additional Language.

Ms. Fortner loves working with teams of teachers to increase student achievement.  She also enjoys facilitating professional learning for teachers and leaders across the division.  She believes relationships and student engagement are at the core of great teaching and learning.

Ms. Fortner loves spending time with her twin boys, practicing yoga, or rock climbing with her husband in her free time.

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Stacey Lawson

 

Stacey Lawson brings 17 years of experience in education, and is proud to join John Adams Elementary as the new MTSS School Improvement Coach.  In addition to her role as the new MTSS coach, she also serves as the school’s Testing Coordinator.

Mrs. Lawson has taught a variety of grades (K-6) in multiple states. She has also served as an Instructional Lead Teacher, Crisis Intervention Teacher, MTSS Facilitator/Chair, and a Reading & Math Intervention Teacher.

Mrs. Lawson has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership K-12 from Stetson University, a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and is certified in English as a Second Language K-12. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Yenny Lugo

 

Yenny Lugo is excited to begin her fifteenth year at John Adams Elementary.  She began as a Dual Language classroom teacher where she taught first and second grade.  Currently, she is happy to be in her fifth year as an Instructional coach. Ms. Lugo has a Bachelor's degree in Education from Zulia University, Venezuela.  Later, she attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and received her teaching license and a Master's Degree in Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Others Language) from Regent University.

Originally from Venezuela, she enjoys being at the beach and spending time with her lovely family.

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Michelle Nettleton

 

Michelle Nettleton has been teaching English learners at John Adams since 2013.  She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from La Salle University and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Relations.  Michelle is also working on an additional Master’s degree in Teaching Reading from the University of Virginia.  She hopes to apply what she is learning about reading instruction in her classroom this year to help English learners progress as readers and develop a love of reading.

Michelle enjoys spending time with her family.  They can usually be found outside camping, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and participating in other adventures. 

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Jeffrey Palmer

 

Jeffrey Palmer is the new Title I Instructional Coach in Science at John Adams.

This is his 17th year in ACPS, with 10 years of prior experience at the elementary and middle school levels in New York State.

Mr. Palmer has his Masters degree in Educational Administration and a Virginia teaching license for PreK-6, with endorsements in Administration and Supervision, and Gifted Education. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program to earn an EdD in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Palmer is beyond excited to be part of the John Adams learning community and loves the positivity that is very apparent in the school. 

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Lisa Patriarca

 

Lisa Patriarca teaches Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grade to students who need a different approach to reading, speaking, and writing English. She has been at John Adams since 2013 where she began as a Literacy Coach and transitioned into an Academic Interventionist in 2016.

Previously, she worked in Arizona as an ELL, elementary, and middle school teacher.  She has a joy for teaching children how the English language works and believes it is the foundation for success in all subjects.

Ms. Patriarca is originally from Arizona, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Business and Consumer Sciences from the University of Arizona (Bear Down!). After interning at a major company in Chicago and managing a Walgreens, she realized she wanted to bring her real world experience into teaching and do something that gave back to the community.  She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix while substituting K-12 during the day.  Before moving to Virginia to be closer to family, she obtained her Reading Endorsement.  Since being in Virginia, she has interned with The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Center where she was trained in Orton Gillingham Multisensory instruction and Structured Literacy.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and raising awareness for dyslexia.