OUR TEAM

2021-22 Leadership Team Announcement

 

Bill Clausen appointed to role of Assistant Principal of Academics

 
We are delighted to share news of another appointment to the 2021-22 Leadership Team, this time with a long-time member of our faculty stepping into a newly established role. Bill Clausen is a fixture at Washington Latin, having joined the faculty in our second year.  Over the past 12 years, he has become a master teacher and has reached countless students as an advisor and role model. Mr. Clausen is likewise a faculty leader, serving as Chair of the Latin Department, head of the Classical Committee, and an instructional coach for his colleagues. The entire faculty has benefited from both his expertise in classical education and his gifts as a teacher, whether in one of these formal roles or in his work with the entire faculty to help us understand the classical education model.
 
 
 
Next year is an important transition for our school, and we know we must stay focused maintaining the quality of our classical education model.  As the Assistant Principal for Academics, Mr. Clausen will be especially focused on this work, working to ensure alignment across our curriculum and elevate strong teaching. There is no one better suited than Mr. Clausen to help us live out our creed: “A classical education for the modern world.”

 

2021-22 Leadership Team Announcement

 

Bill Clausen appointed to role of Assistant Principal of Academics

 
We are delighted to share news of another appointment to the 2021-22 Leadership Team, this time with a long-time member of our faculty stepping into a newly established role. Bill Clausen is a fixture at Washington Latin, having joined the faculty in our second year.  Over the past 12 years, he has become a master teacher and has reached countless students as an advisor and role model. Mr. Clausen is likewise a faculty leader, serving as Chair of the Latin Department, head of the Classical Committee, and an instructional coach for his colleagues. The entire faculty has benefited from both his expertise in classical education and his gifts as a teacher, whether in one of these formal roles or in his work with the entire faculty to help us understand the classical education model.
 
 
 
Next year is an important transition for our school, and we know we must stay focused maintaining the quality of our classical education model.  As the Assistant Principal for Academics, Mr. Clausen will be especially focused on this work, working to ensure alignment across our curriculum and elevate strong teaching. There is no one better suited than Mr. Clausen to help us live out our creed: “A classical education for the modern world.”

 

2021-22 Leadership Team Announcement

 

Janelle Bradley, Director of the Middle School

I am delighted to announce that Janelle Bradley will serve as the next Director of the Middle School. Those of you who have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Bradley have probably seen in her some of the same things I have seen: she is a deeply thoughtful educator who knows how to put students first. In her, I see the traits of some of the best educators I have known: she sees in young people the light they may not yet see in themselves, and she finds ways everyday to help young people feel valued, seen, and heard.

Before coming to Latin, Ms. Bradley served for four years as a high school counselor in Baltimore City and then served as the Assistant Director of DC Prep’s college access program. In her two years at Latin, she has brought tremendous partnership, leadership, and love to our Middle School. She has formed strong relationships with faculty, families, and students. She also did a tremendous job last summer leading our largest ever summer school session. With over 500 students enrolled across both divisions, she led a successful model that in many ways informed our virtual schooling this fall.

I look forward to continuing my partnership with Ms. Bradley and am excited that she has agreed to take on this role! Together, with each of you, we will work to continue to deliver on the promise of this school – to see the light in each young person who walks through our doors and to help them to realize their fullest potential as students and citizens.

Best,

James Kelly
Assistant Principal & Director of MS

 

2021-22 Leadership Team Announcement

 

Janelle Bradley, Director of the Middle School

I am delighted to announce that Janelle Bradley will serve as the next Director of the Middle School. Those of you who have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Bradley have probably seen in her some of the same things I have seen: she is a deeply thoughtful educator who knows how to put students first. In her, I see the traits of some of the best educators I have known: she sees in young people the light they may not yet see in themselves, and she finds ways everyday to help young people feel valued, seen, and heard.

Before coming to Latin, Ms. Bradley served for four years as a high school counselor in Baltimore City and then served as the Assistant Director of DC Prep’s college access program. In her two years at Latin, she has brought tremendous partnership, leadership, and love to our Middle School. She has formed strong relationships with faculty, families, and students. She also did a tremendous job last summer leading our largest ever summer school session. With over 500 students enrolled across both divisions, she led a successful model that in many ways informed our virtual schooling this fall.

I look forward to continuing my partnership with Ms. Bradley and am excited that she has agreed to take on this role! Together, with each of you, we will work to continue to deliver on the promise of this school – to see the light in each young person who walks through our doors and to help them to realize their fullest potential as students and citizens.

Best,

James Kelly
Assistant Principal & Director of MS

 

Letter from Diana Smith, Principal

Dear Latin Families,

It is not easy to write to you today, but the time has come: this school year will be my last as Principal at Washington Latin.

Working with you, your children and this faculty has been the greatest gift an educator could receive. But it is time to pause to recharge my aging batteries and then take up the next challenge. This plan has been in the works for some time now, although the pandemic delayed my departure so that I could support Latin’s transition through this extraordinary period. While we are not past the COVID crisis, it is time for me to return to these plans. I have so many emotions about this decision, but I do know that it is the right one, both for me and for the future of the school.

Leading this school for the past 13 years has been the greatest joy and commitment of my more than 30 years in education. I believe so deeply that we are doing the right thing by providing a challenging, classical education that is accessible to all. We are a model, however imperfect still, for what education in this country should look like. READ MORE

Letter from Peter Anderson, Head of School

Dear Latin Families,

From Diana’s letter, you know this year will be her last as principal. I want to share my reflections on this important transition at Latin and announce who will be our next principal.

All educators have an impact through their work, but Diana Smith leaves an exceptional legacy at Latin. She joined the faculty in 2008, when the school was in its infancy. With nearly three decades of experience in school leadership and a degree in Classics, I strongly suspect the Fates themselves submitted her application letter. Working with the previous Head of School, Martha Cutts, she built out the academic program: developing the curriculum and instructional model, creating the Upper School, hiring and developing faculty, and crafting myriad policies, practices, and traditions that have shaped Latin’s culture. So many essential elements of this school reflect her handiwork

Handiwork – the term itself embodies Diana’s hands-on, hard-working approach to leadership. She is engaged with school life in all its forms: teaching (sometimes in the MS, sometimes in the US, sometimes in both divisions), developing schedules and course offerings, participating in celebrations, performances, and student clubs (did you know she was a juggler?), and working one-on-one with students in academic support sessions. Throughout the spring and summer, she has worked tirelessly to spearhead our responses to all the 2020 challenges. Over the years, Diana has demonstrated a rare ability to move nimbly between the lofty ideals of education and day-to-day practicalities of running a school, ensuring that Latin’s core values are woven through the fabric of daily school life. READ MORE

Letter from Diana Smith, Principal

Dear Latin Families,

It is not easy to write to you today, but the time has come: this school year will be my last as Principal at Washington Latin.

Working with you, your children and this faculty has been the greatest gift an educator could receive. But it is time to pause to recharge my aging batteries and then take up the next challenge. This plan has been in the works for some time now, although the pandemic delayed my departure so that I could support Latin’s transition through this extraordinary period. While we are not past the COVID crisis, it is time for me to return to these plans. I have so many emotions about this decision, but I do know that it is the right one, both for me and for the future of the school.

Leading this school for the past 13 years has been the greatest joy and commitment of my more than 30 years in education. I believe so deeply that we are doing the right thing by providing a challenging, classical education that is accessible to all. We are a model, however imperfect still, for what education in this country should look like. READ MORE

Letter from Peter Anderson, Head of School

Dear Latin Families,

From Diana’s letter, you know this year will be her last as principal. I want to share my reflections on this important transition at Latin and announce who will be our next principal.

All educators have an impact through their work, but Diana Smith leaves an exceptional legacy at Latin. She joined the faculty in 2008, when the school was in its infancy. With nearly three decades of experience in school leadership and a degree in Classics, I strongly suspect the Fates themselves submitted her application letter. Working with the previous Head of School, Martha Cutts, she built out the academic program: developing the curriculum and instructional model, creating the Upper School, hiring and developing faculty, and crafting myriad policies, practices, and traditions that have shaped Latin’s culture. So many essential elements of this school reflect her handiwork

Handiwork – the term itself embodies Diana’s hands-on, hard-working approach to leadership. She is engaged with school life in all its forms: teaching (sometimes in the MS, sometimes in the US, sometimes in both divisions), developing schedules and course offerings, participating in celebrations, performances, and student clubs (did you know she was a juggler?), and working one-on-one with students in academic support sessions. Throughout the spring and summer, she has worked tirelessly to spearhead our responses to all the 2020 challenges. Over the years, Diana has demonstrated a rare ability to move nimbly between the lofty ideals of education and day-to-day practicalities of running a school, ensuring that Latin’s core values are woven through the fabric of daily school life. READ MORE

Peter Anderson, Head of School

Peter AndersonWashington Latin’s Head of School is Peter Anderson. He brings more than 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator and school leader.  He brings a commitment to improving instruction and results for all students, fostering parent involvement, and sound stewardship of school finances. Peter holds a BA from Haverford College, a Masters in Sociology from the London School of Economics, and a Masters in Education from New York University. Peter also teaches middle school US History.

Peter is part of the summer 2018 cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a two-year program for talented leaders who are reimagining America’s public schools.

Diana Smith, Principal

diana-portraitDr. Smith came to Washington Latin in 2008 following several decades’ experience teaching and leading in both public and private schools.  With a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University (Phi Beta Kappa), Dr. Smith is Washington Latin’s academic leader, responsible for refining and sustaining the classical curriculum and teaching model. She also teaches several classes and works directly with students on independent studies.

In 2015, she was the recipient of the Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award for her work as Principal at Washington Latin.

Peter Anderson, Head of School

Peter AndersonWashington Latin’s Head of School is Peter Anderson. He brings more than 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator and school leader.  He brings a commitment to improving instruction and results for all students, fostering parent involvement, and sound stewardship of school finances. Peter holds a BA from Haverford College, a Masters in Sociology from the London School of Economics, and a Masters in Education from New York University. Peter also teaches middle school US History.

Peter is part of the summer 2018 cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a two-year program for talented leaders who are reimagining America’s public schools.

Diana Smith, Principal

diana-portraitDr. Smith came to Washington Latin in 2008 following several decades’ experience teaching and leading in both public and private schools.  With a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University (Phi Beta Kappa), Dr. Smith is Washington Latin’s academic leader, responsible for refining and sustaining the classical curriculum and teaching model. She also teaches several classes and works directly with students on independent studies.

In 2015, she was the recipient of the Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award for her work as Principal at Washington Latin.

Senior Leadership Team

Ms. Janelle Bradley – Assistant Director of Middle School

Ms. Kara Brady – Director of Upper School

Ms. Kate Cromwell – Director of Advocacy, Communication and Engagment

Ms. Aryn Davis – Director of Student Support Services

Mr. Bob Eleby-El –  Director of Athletics

Ms. Crystal Eleby-El – Director of Student Recruitment & Alumni Relations

Senior Leadership Team

Ms. Martita FlemingDirector of Operations

Mr. James Kelly  –  Assistant Principal, Director of Middle School

Ms. Crys Latham – Director of College Counseling

Mr. Carl Lyon – Director of Information Technology

Ms. Yinnie Tse – Director of Finance

Senior Leadership Team

Ms. Janelle Bradley – Assistant Director of Middle School

Ms. Kara Brady – Director of Upper School

Ms. Kate Cromwell – Director of Advocacy, Communication and Engagment

Ms. Aryn Davis – Director of Student Support Services

Mr. Bob Eleby-El –  Director of Athletics

Ms. Crystal Eleby-El – Director of Student Recruitment & Alumni Relations

Senior Leadership Team

Ms. Martita FlemingDirector of Operations

Mr. James Kelly  –  Assistant Principal, Director of Middle School

Ms. Crys Latham – Director of College Counseling

Mr. Carl Lyon – Director of Information Technology

Ms. Yinnie Tse – Director of Finance

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