Brandon Johnson assists some of his students at Browne Educational Campus in Northeast. /Courtesy of DCPS via Facebook
**FILE** Brandon Johnson assists some of his students at Browne Educational Campus in Northeast. (Courtesy of DCPS via Facebook)

DCPS will observe annual Teacher Appreciation Week from May 1-5.

“There’s so much I love about being an early-childhood teacher,” says Erica Alexander, who teaches at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School in Northwest. “Every day is full of challenges, laughter, love, and learning.”

Dual Enrollment

“The Dual Enrollment program puts into perspective what college is like,” says Devin Mozee, a senior at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast, who’s taking college courses at Howard University. “I know my school is preparing me, but it’s very different from actually sitting down in the course and being in the atmosphere.”

OSSE Scholar

Befikadu, a senior at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Northwest, first discovered a love of science and technology at age 8 in his home country of Ethiopia.

His neighbor asked him to throw away a radio that wasn’t working, but Befikadu decided he would take it apart and see what was going on.

“It took me a long time to figure things out, but at last, when I connected the wires, it just worked,” said Befikadu, whose passion for physics led him to enroll in a summer physics course at the University of Pennsylvania through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Scholars program.

College Signing Day

Hundreds of college-bound high school students from public and public charter schools throughout the District of Columbia will cross the stage Friday, April 28 at the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University, amid cheers from family and friends, to announce where they will attend college in the fall.

The event, to be emceed by WKYS-FM personality Angie Ange, lists as the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s third annual DC College Signing Day.

The celebration will feature marching band performances from area colleges and high schools, a Howard University fraternity, and videos wishing our college-bound high school seniors the best as they prepare to embark on the next phase of their academic careers.

Student Representative

The DC State Board of Education is seeking motivated students to serve a one-year term next year as student representatives on the board.

Student representatives are expected to attend all official evening board meetings, which are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Student representatives also co-chair the Student Advisory Committee and are responsible for setting the agenda for the committee.

“The role of our student representatives is fundamental to the success of the work of the SBOE,” said Karen Williams, board president. “Students offer a unique perspective on how policies actually impact the District and what we as policymakers can do to improve.”

In addition to being a D.C. resident, applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior in either a traditional public or public charter high school.

The application is due by Tuesday, May 30. More information can be obtained at

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