Francis C. Hammond Leadership Team

 Pierrette Peters, Principal

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Pierrette Peters, Principal

Peters was previously the principal of George Washington Middle School and lead academic principal and academic principal of mathematics and science at T.C. Williams High School. In addition, she has served as a ninth-grade biology teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., and a seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher and department chairperson at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Peters earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a master of education degree in the master teacher program at Regent University, and a master of education degree in educational leadership from George Mason University.

Mr. Dustin Barnes, Grade 6 Academic Principal

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Mr. Dustin Barnes, Grade 6 Academic Principal

Mr. Barnes is currently in his fourth year at Hammond and he continues to fulfill his vision of ensuring that all students are able to achieve.  He has 10 years of experience working in Cincinnati, Queens Anne’s County, and the District of Columbia school districts. Mr. Barnes has served as a history teacher, a social studies department chair, and an administrative intern.  Mr. Barnes holds a bachelor's degree in history from Kent State University, a master's of education from Bowie State University and an administration and leadership certificate from The George Washington University. Mr. Barnes continues to be a champion for all the students at Francis C. Hammond Middle School.

Mr. Paul George, Grade 7 Academic Principal

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Mr. Paul George, Grade 7 Academic Principal

During his time in ACPS, Mr. George has served as a middle school math teacher at George Washington Middle School and as a Technology Integration Specialist at Samuel Tucker Elementary School and Francis C. Hammond Middle School. For the last six years, Mr. George has served as the Assistant Principal at John Adams Elementary School. Mr. George is a native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Education from DeSales University. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Catholic University and a Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision from The Johns Hopkins University.

 Kanika Dorsey, Grade 8 Academic Principal

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Kanika Dorsey, Grade 8 Academic Principal

Ms. Dorsey, a 15 year veteran of public education, has worked in New York State, VA, D.C., and MD public schools.  In addition to teaching English Language Arts (ELA) at the middle school level, she has served as a literacy coach, testing coordinator, and resource teacher.  Ms. Dorsey worked at MD Department of Education as an ELA Specialist where she helped school districts develop formative assessments and written lessons for grades 7 and 8. She also served as the ELA Specialist on the Maryland Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) team.  Ms. Dorsey is a graduate of Lehman College in the Bronx, NY where she earned an undergraduate degree in English.  She earned a Master of Secondary Education degree from Bowie State University and is currently working on her Ph.D. at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

 

 Tim Brannon, Coordinator of International Academy

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Tim Brannon, Coordinator of International Academy

Mr. Brannon was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He has 10 years of experience in education, all of those years in Alexandria at Hammond Middle School. He taught social studies for 7 years at Hammond, while adding National Board, NETS*T, and ELL certification. Since 2014, he has worked as an administrator to plan and run the International Academy. His passion lies in ensuring that all students receive an equitable education and that Hammond becomes a world-class middle school. 

 Denee Scott, Director of School Counseling

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Denee Scott, Director of School Counseling

Ms. Scott was born and raised in New York City. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego where she earned her undergraduate and Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She relocated to the Northern Virginia area where she continued her teaching career as a 5th grade teacher at JHAA. While teaching, she pursued her Counseling Degree from George Mason University and, shortly after, started her counseling career. Ms. Scott has worked in secondary schools as a counselor for over 10 years. She is passionate about working with children and believes that counselors are essential in the success of students.

 Anika Buster-Singleton, Dean of Students

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Anika Buster-Singleton, Dean of Students

 Michael Diggins, Dean of Students

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Michael Diggins, Dean of Students

Mr. Diggins is a native Alexandrian and product of ACPS.  He earned a B.S. in Marketing Education from Virginia Tech and a Master's Degree from George Mason in Education Leadership.  Mr. Diggins has 21 years of service in Alexandria City Public Schools, 11 years as a technology and marketing teacher
and 10 years as an administrator, serving as an associate principal and Dean.

 Shonta Robertson, School Improvement Coordinator

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Shonta Robertson, School Improvement Coordinator

Ms. Robertson has over 15 years of diverse educational experiences within the K-12 and higher education systems, promoting the academic success of all students and increasing parental involvement in the educational process.  Her past roles include: Title I Coordinator and Parent Engagement Specialist at the elementary level, IB Spanish and ESOL teacher at the secondary level, and Manager of the College Success Program for Fairfax County Public Schools.  She has earned Bachelor’s degrees in International Business and Spanish from Temple University and Georgia State University, respectively. She has also earned Master’s degrees in Adult Education and Secondary Education from the University of Georgia and Belmont University, respectively. An administration and leadership certificate has been earned from The George Washington University.