Cora Kelly Leadership Team

  • Jasibi Crews-West, Principal

    Jasibi Crews-West

    Jasibi Crews-West joined Cora Kelly as the principal in the 2017-18 school year. Prior to joining Cora Kelly, Crews-West was the assistant principal at John Adams Elementary School for two years, with responsibility for overseeing the school culture and instructional program, and building community and family engagement.

    Prior to John Adams, she was a member of the bilingual Spanish-English team at Mount Vernon Community School while it transitioned to become a full Dual Language Program school.

    Crews-West spent the last two years working to create a data-driven model to track students’ progress at John Adams. She has supported and maintained a successful Dual Language Program at John Adams through the realignment of human and instructional resources and has collaborated with dual language staff, leadership and parents at both John Adams and Mount Vernon to ensure the curriculum is implemented with fidelity.

    She looks forward to building a school community where students’ academic success and emotional well-being are the top priorities of all staff, parents and the community. She is a solutions-oriented principal where students and staff are informed and inspired, and work together to set high expectations and create a collective vision of excellence in which all are invested.

    Crews-West is a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education, a member of the Dual Language Advisory Committee, and has been nominated for The Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to being trained in bilingual literacy best practices, she also has International Baccalaureate training.

    Lauren Holthaus, Assistant Principal

    Lauren Holthaus






    Lauren Holthaus joined Cora Kelly as the Assistant Principal at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Prior to becoming a proud Cougar, Ms. Holthaus served in the ACPS Department of Accountability. 

    Ms. Holthaus is a former classroom teacher, reading teacher, and School Improvement Specialist and has experience working at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, her master’s degree from Stanford University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate of education at Vanderbilt University.

    The opportunity to collaboratively solve problems that impact students’ futures is Lauren’s favorite aspect of her job and she is so excited to learn and grow with the students, families, and staff at Cora Kelly. Cougars ROAR!