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District of Columbia Teacher of the Year

The DC Teacher of the Year program celebrates outstanding educators who are experts in their craft as demonstrated by accelerated growth for all students, and who demonstrate leadership beyond the classroom by partnering with colleagues, students, families and communities to support innovation in teaching and learning, and who champion the teaching profession.

2024 DC Teacher of the Year

Congratulations, Beth Barkley, the 2024 DC Teacher of the Year! Beth is a dedicated English teacher in the International Academy at Cardozo Education Campus. Beth also teaches a Human Rights and Social Action elective. Congratulations to Beth and the entire Cardozo community!

Beth is deeply committed to her students & works tirelessly to elevate student voice in the school community and beyond. As the 2024 #DCTOY, Beth will represent DC in the Council of Chief State School Officers National Teacher of the Year program and can advocate for her students on a national level.

2024 DC Teacher of the Year Runners Up:

  • Kena Allison, Upper School Science, Washington Latin Public Charter School
  • Aneesah Blount, Kindergarten & First Grade, Van Ness Elementary School
  • Chad Harris, Music, Stanton Elementary
  • Rabiah Harris, Physical Science and Robotics, Ida. B. Wells Middle School

2023 DC Teacher of the Year

2023 DC Teacher of the Year and 2023 National Teacher of the Year Finalist: Jermar ‘Coach’ Rountree, Pre-K to 8th Grade Health & Physical Education Teacher, Brightwood Campus - Center City Public Schools
View Jermar Rountree’s profile
Follow Jermar on Twitter @jermar_rountree

2023 DC Teacher of the Year Runners Up:

  • Alex Clark, Health & Physical Education Teacher, Dunbar High School
  • Brandyn Marshall Poole, Seventh and Eighth Grade Mathematics Teacher, Center City PCS - Trinidad Campus
  • Luz Mireya Pelaez Lopez, Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Spanish Immersion Teacher, Marie Reed Elementary School

Past DC Teacher of Year Awardees


Teacher of the Year: Dominique Foster, Pre-K4 Teacher, Blow-Pierce Academy, Friendship Public Charter School
View Dominique Foster’s profile
Follow her on Twitter @FosterLovesEdu

Runners Up:

  • Dr. Takeisha Wilson, Fourth Grade Teacher, Shepherd Elementary School
  • Rickita Perry Taylor, Special Educator, Tyler Elementary School


DC Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Finalist: Alejandro Diasgranados, Fourth and Fifth Grade English Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher, Aiton Elementary School
View Alejandro Diasgranados’ profile
Follow him on Twitter @ThatDCTeacher

Runners Up:

  • Lauren McKenzie, Social Studies Teacher and Teacher Leader Innovation Team Member, Ron Brown Preparatory High School
  • Shelina Warren, Social Studies Teacher and Director of the Law & Public Policy Academy, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School


Teacher of the Year: Justin Lopez-Cardoze, Seventh Grade Science Teacher, Capital City Public Charter School
View Justin Lopez-Cardoze’s profile

Runners Up:

Elizabeth Barkley, English, Social Action/Human Rights, and Global Perspectives Teacher, Cardozo High School
Dr. Daniel Spruill, K-8 Music Teacher and Choir Director, Center City Public Charter School Brightwood Campus

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