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New Hope Academy
    New Hope International High School

    Faculty and Staff



  • Joy Morrow, Principal,
high school Health & Family, Culinary Arts Teacher

    Joy Morrow
    Principal, Culinary Arts

    Joy Morrow is the school's principal and president of the NHA board of directors. Her academic background in psychology and in social work informed her practical experience with group homes for delinquent teenagers as well as her extensive work with preschools. In 1990, she co-founded NHA with a group of like-minded parents and has served as principal since. Mrs. Morrow wants to help create "a school community transcending religious, cultural, and racial barriers, where families with shared common values can support each other to raise moral children. This involves big challenges but also big opportunities." Her straightforward style, especially with teenagers, helps them stay on track or get back on track. She's good at helping people see a vision of what's possible, and helping children see what they're capable of, moving in the direction of their dreams. "When I'm working with a class of students I try to make sure no one falls through the cracks," said Mrs. Morrow. "My goal is to work with each child." Her personal approach finds especially satisfying those times when she can really connect with a student in a moment of discovery.

    Cabria Johnson,
Director of Education, School Counselor

    Cabria Johnson
    Director of Education, Counselor

    Cabria Johnson entered New Hope Academy as the Director of Education and Counselor. Ms. Cabria received her education from Howard University pursuing her BA in Sports Management and Masters in Social Work. Prior to working at NHA, she worked as a School Social Worker, Multi-Systemic Family Therapist, Community Outreach Coordinator and a Teacher, all of which have provided invaluable experiences and played a vital role in her growth professionally. Ms. Cabria seeks to ensure that every student is able to excel academically by further identifying and removing barriers hindering them from performing at their best in the classroom. Fun fact about Ms. Cabria: she’s a former D1 collegiate basketball player, having played basketball for 20+ years. Not only did she play the game of basketball, but she teaches the game as she coaches High School and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball!

    Larry Lyn,
High School English Teacher

    Larry Lynn
    8th to 12th Grade English

    Having taken a hiatus of twelve years after having taught English and Latin for more than a quarter of a century, Larry Lynn has returned to education as an English teacher at New Hope Academy. His experiences have taken him on an academic trek all along the East Coast from Florida to Pennsylvania as well as a two-year stint as an English teacher at an American School in the Dominican Republic and ESL teacher at a Catholic university in Santo Domingo. His city of birth is New York, but he has lived in Georgia, Maryland, Florida, both Carolinas, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, hence garnering a living flavor of variable life-styles in urban and rural environments that form the basis of his creative writing as well as his all-encompassing passion for interactive teaching.

    Dolores Muhammad,
High School Science Teacher

    Dolores Muhammad
    Science, 9th Grade Homeroom

    皇冠hg代理体育 dolores muhammad teaches environmental science, biology, chemistry, health, and physics. this maryland native has been with nha since 2001. her experience includes handling tarantulas, scorpions, and snakes while she interned at the h.b. owens science center. mrs. muhammad has also worked at nih as a research assistant and with a nematologist at the beltsville agricultural research center. after receiving her bachelor's degree in medical technology from towson state university, she continued in her career in medical technology for eight years before branching out into teaching.


    Aisha Faison,
Saxon Math, Golf Teacher

    Aisha Faison
    Math, Health, 11th and 12th Grade Homeroom, K-8th Grade Computer,


    "ms. aisha" teaches saxon algebra 1/2, and computer technology, as well as the golf elective. she also teaches lego and vex robotics. she has been with nha since 2006. this san francisco native began coursework in math at u.c. berkeley, then applied this skill to receive her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at tuskegee university. her experience includes working as a project engineer for a local construction company: she managed construction for the turkish embassy and the u.s. justice data center, as well as renovations to the australian embassy (among others).


    James Hulka,
ESL, US History, Geography, 8th Grade Homeroom

    James Hulka
    ESL, US History, Geography, 8th Grade Homeroom

    james hulka is an experienced teacher with certifications in tesol and social studies. james graduated from frostburg state university in 2003 and is finished with his masters in tesol from notre dame university of maryland. in addition to teaching in baltimore public schools for eight years, he also has diverse experiences within the private setting, most recently teaching esol to adults for a private company in arlington. james has taught english to students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels, and thinks he has probably taught students from over 50 different countries! he has also spent time in japan where he learned about japanese culture and school structure.


    Heather Daniel,
Algebra ½, Cinema Culture, School Event Planning, 7th Grade, New Hope Project

    Heather Daniel
    Algebra ½, Cinema Culture, School Event Planning, 7th Grade, New Hope Project

    heather daniel teaches algebra ½, cinema culture, school event planning and 7th grade. she came to new hope academy in the fall of 2012 as a parent. her husband was stationed in the area with the air force and they enrolled their daughter here who was then in the 4th grade. ms. heather loved the atmosphere of the school and began working here in the spring of 2013. heather worked in many different areas of the school from office support staff, math assistant and substitute teacher. in the fall of 2017 heather opened “new hope academy – the gambia” which is a sister school to our own. in 2018 she came back to maryland and began teaching 7th grade. heather earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology from the university of minnesota – bemidji. she has over 16 years’ experience working with young people. she is the previous owner of the explore program, which was a group home that taught independent living skills to at risk youth. she is happy to be at new hope and hopes to inspire our next generation of world leaders.


    Beverly Berndt,
High School Algebra 1, Gambia Project

    Beverly Berndt
    Fifth and Sixth Grade Teacher, Algebra 1, Gambia Project

    beverly berndt teaches high school algebra 1 as well as core subjects for the sixth grade. she was born in massachusetts where she earned her bachelor's degree in sociology at northeastern university in boston. berndt has taught at nha since 1990. she loves the school and had her four children also attend. "to me this is the greatest testimony to our school," she said, "that all the teachers want to have their own children here, because we know the quality of education they receive." not only is "mrs. bev" a dedicated teacher, she deeply believes in helping others, a trait she instills in her students. with the support of the nha families, staff, and principal, mrs. bev and her husband have developed "side by side in the gambia," a service project in the gambia, west africa.


    Vondale Mack
Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher

    Vondale Mack
    Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher


    Vondale Mack joined New Hope Academy as a substitute before becoming a teacher in January 2018. Vondale received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Criminal Justice minor from Bowie State University. Vondale is passionate about childhood education and empowerment, and has worked for over 20 years providing wrap around services for youth and families who suffered trauma ranging from child abuse, sexual assault, bullying, domestic violence, and homicide. Her motto is learning should be both educational and fun.

    Angela Tallak
Math Director, Assistant Administator to the Principal

    Angela Tallack
    Math Director, Assistant Administrator to the Principal


    Angela Tallack joined New Hope Academy as a part time teacher for Algebra 1/2 and grade 5 math in 2017. Originally a Vice-Principal and math teacher in England, Mrs Tallack moved 6 years ago with her husband to Bowie to be with their son, daughter-in-law and 4 grandchildren and the view of retiring. Once the 3rd youngest grandchild started day care, Mrs Tallack decided to return to teaching and was delighted to be given the opportunity to work at New Hope Academy. The vocabulary may be different but students' passion for learning and inquiry is the same. She is enjoying her new role as Math Director and Assistant Administrator to the Principal.

    Melissa Olsen
Second and Third Grade Teacher

    Melissa Olsen
    Second and Third Grade Teacher


    Miss Olsen grew up in Texas and attended college in Florida before moving to Maryland where she taught for 25 years at a private school in Prince George's County. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College. She has a passion for reading and her desire is to instill a love of reading in all her students.

    Shelvee Thompson,
First Grade Teacher

    Shelvee Thompson
    First Grade Teacher



    Myra Allen,
 Kindergarten Teacher

    Myra Allen
    Kindergarten Teacher

    皇冠hg代理体育 myra allen enters her first year at new hope academy as the kindergarten teacher. mrs. allen brings over 20 years of academic and school administration experience to new hope academy. mrs. allen earned her bachelors of arts degree in religious studies from faith christian university and schools. mrs. allen has a passion for teaching, mentoring and leadership. she is invested in ensuring that each child that enters her classroom is empowered and encouraged to soar to new heights academically, socially and emotionally. mrs.allen enjoys, football, basketball, cooking, reading,fashion, watching movies, and spending time with her family.


    Karen Wilkening,
 Literacy Specialist

    Karen Wilkening
    Literacy Specialist

    皇冠hg代理体育 karen wilkening has taught kindergarten at nha since 1992. she was born in denver and spent most of her adolescent years in kansas city, mo. known to all as "mrs. karen," she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in education from the university of massachusetts at amherst. she continued her education receiving a master's degree in divinity with a focus on education. mrs. karen is a founding member of nha and has been on the board of directors since 1995. as a testament to nha's solid academic curriculum, both her children attended nha, and they now attend top universities. mrs. karen believes that kindergarten is a foundational year and that nha addresses the education of the whole child.


    In Ku Marshall
Korean Language K-8G

    Dr. In Ku Marshall
    Korean Language K-8G

    When I left Korea almost 50 years ago to study in Germany I had a goal to promote Korean as a globally used language. A few years after I received my Ph.D. degree from Hamburg University, I began to teach Korean at Bochum University in Germany. In 1986 I moved to the United States with my family and began to teach Korean at New Hope Academy from 1991. While teaching at New Hope Academy, I focused on adapting Montessori’s language theory for teaching Korean as a foreign language and developed many hands-on teaching materials. In 1994, I joined Georgetown University as a Korean instructor in the department of East Asian languages and cultures. In my 22 years at Georgetown, I developed the Korean program into a Minor and offered more than 12 courses including ‘Studies on North Korea,’ and ‘Korean diaspora in Northeast Asia including Russia.’ Now I am returning to New Hope Academy as head of the Korean Program. In the process of promoting the Korean language, I recognized the importance of the Heritage Korean schools. For five years, I gave workshops to the Korean teachers in the Washington area on effective Korean language teaching. In addition, I developed the Korean language program at the Korean Cultural Center of the Korean Embassy in 1995. I developed their curriculum for levels I, II, and III, and taught in the program for almost ten years. The Korean language program at the Embassy continues today, with more than one hundred adult learners per session (they offer 5 sessions a year). Education: Ph.D. Hamburg University, in Comparative Education as major, Linguistics and German literature as minor in Germany B.A. Seoul National University, in German Language and Literature in Korea.

    Jeeyoung Caparell
Korean Language

    Jeeyoung Caparell
    Korean Language


    Jeeyoung was born in Korea and received two bachelor’s degrees in mathematics education and business administration from Korea University in Seoul. She taught at several big language Institutions at Kangnam in Seoul for 10 years after graduating university. She further continued her career by receiving a master’s degree in English and literature from Hankook University of Foreign Studies. Her curiosity to learn more languages had also brought her to learn Japanese and Chinese, as well as the “Korean Language Teacher Training Program” at Ewha Womans University. Jeeyoung got married and came to Maryland, USA, in 2013. She lived with her husband, and took a several classes at Montgomery college while raising her son. Jeeyoung worked with children in Gaithersburg for a while as well. She loves language and music, and holds the belief that language and music can make life more abundant and fun. Jeeyoung has a passion for teaching children and seeing their skills grow and develop alongside her. She felt as if she couldn’t give up teaching korean in US, so in 2019, she continued to pursue her passion by teaching Korean at New Hope Academy.

    Luz Hughes,
high school Spanish Teacher

    Luz Hughes
    Spanish Language

    luz hughes has been teaching spanish to grades k-12 at nha since 2005. she was born and raised in the dominican republic. she holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and minored in liberal arts from the university of the district of columbia. she is a candidate for her master's in education & language. mrs. hughes' experience includes teaching for eight years in pg county and six years in dc (spanish and ap spanish language & literature). she believes it is important to "connect with the students" in order for them to learn and appreciate what is being taught. she takes responsibility to mentor her students, hoping to impact their lives. nominated by her students, mrs. hughes has been recognized in who's who for making a difference in the lives of children.


    Jathan Wright
Computer & Information Technology

    Jathan Wright
    Computer & Information Technology

    皇冠hg代理体育jathan wright teaches computer science to 8th grade and high school students, and also works as a hardware and software technician at nha. he received his bachelor’s degree in digital media and web technology in may 2015, and became the official web designer for the georgetown-howard universities translational biomedical science program in august 2015. mr. wright also knows graphic design, computer programming, video game programming, animation, and more. he is an alumni of nha who graduated in december 2010 and is determined to help the school become the best that it can be.


    Angela Teacher,
high school Art Teacher

    Angela Eisenbart
    Fine Art

    皇冠hg代理体育 angela eisenbart has taught art at all grade levels at nha since 1998. originally from italy, she studied commercial and graphic art at the art college in genoa, italy, graduating with honors. she is a career artist and graphic designer with an impressive list of professional credentials from her decades of work in milano, new york, and washington, dc. but mrs. eisenbart always longed to express herself in the fine arts, and turned that passion to teaching. she exhibits a remarkable ability to draw out the talents of her students. her basic approach to teaching is that artistic ability is not just an innate talent but can be learned or improved just like other activities.


    Joanna Edwards
Music

    Joanna Edwards
    Music


    joanna edwards teaches music at new hope academy. she was born in new jersey where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music with a teaching endorsement from rutgers university in new brunswick. upon graduating, she began her teaching career in durango, colorado teaching music for three years in three elementary schools in durango 9-r public schools. after moving to virginia, she taught music in two middle schools in loudoun county public schools for fourteen years. before coming to nha she taught elementary band at eleven private schools in maryland and virginia. in addition to teaching at new hope academy, she runs her own music studio where she teaches piano, guitar, and violin. she is currently attending loyola university maryland for a masters degree in educational technology.


    Shaun Houston,
Physical Education, 6th Grade Math Teacher

    Shaun Houston
    Physical Education, 6th Grade Math


    Shirley Robinson
Main Office

    Shirley Robinson
    Main Office

    皇冠hg代理体育shirley robinson joined the new hope academy staff in 2015 as a substitute teacher. shirley's passion for the school and their philosophy had such a big effect on her that she wanted to stay with the school after her granddaughter graduated from new hope academy in 2018. shirley is a math assistant , the early care supervisor /lunchroom supervisor.and main office staff and a certified medical technician.. shirley studied at prince george's community college and university of maryland. she is very pleased to be part of the new hope academy staff.


    Fiona Victoria
Main Office, Reading specialist

    Fiona Victoria
    Main Office, Reading specialist

    皇冠hg代理体育fiona victoria grew up in the north-east of scotland. she graduated in primary education from aberdeen college of education in 1973. she taught 1st grade for several years in the south of scotland before moving to england where she was the main teacher in a small private school near london, for four years. she has taught english privately in germany and kenya.she joined the nha staff in 2000 as a reading teacher for k-2nd grade and also supported in the office until 2013. after spending 3 years in new york with her family, she and her husband decided to move back to maryland. since the fall of 2016 she has been teaching reading in the kindergarten and working in the main office.


    Janelle Hartley,
Office Manager, Registrarr

    Janelle Hartley
    Office Manager, Registrar


    janelle hartley is the "hub" of new hope academy. a native of guyana, raised in brooklyn, ny, and married to a jamaican, her multi-cultural background and family exemplify nha's diverse school culture. she attended pace university to pursue accounting and spent the majority of her career working for financial institutions. this allowed her to develop her strengths in management and customer service while fostering her desire to help those in need. "mrs. janelle" joined the school in 2006, along with her son, after transitioning her family to maryland. "to be in a state without any relatives nearby is difficult," she said, "especially when you have a child. however, being at new hope fills that void and has helped instill rare qualities in my son that are hard to find in today's society: respect, unity, ambition, and compassion. everyone here is our extended family and has treated us as such." mrs. janelle wears many hats at nha. she is the office manager, registrar, medical technician, international student representative, host family contact, and more. she is always willing to answer any questions or provide assistance when needed. if she doesn't have the answer, she will find it!


    Mary Oben, Pre-school Teacher

    Mary Oben
    Pre-school Teacher


    mary oben has taught the preschool class for 4 and 5 year olds since 1994. she is also the preschool director. this minnesota farm girl realized early in life that she wanted to be a teacher. she received her bachelor's degree from iowa state university in home economics with a child development emphasis. known as "mrs. mary", she believes that preschool children need to be able to play freely choosing from a wide range of materials that stimulate and teach in developmentally appropriate ways. "over the years i've come to appreciate the special opportunity it is to work with 4 and 5 year olds. they are extremely open, and i am able to witness their tremendous growth," she said.


    Kim Dadachanji,
Pre-school Teacher

    Kim Dadachanji
    Pre-school Teacher

    皇冠hg代理体育 kim dadachanji teaches the preschool class for 3 year olds. she joined nha as a substitute before she began teaching preschool in 1996. she is a graduate of the university of vermont, and she attained her bachelor's degree in elementary education from apex, an innovative teacher education program for developing experiential education. "mrs. kim's" experience includes working at the vicarage school of montessori/kindercare in hamden, ct. the school's founders were montessori teacher trainers, and mrs. kim was exposed to a variety of montessori materials and training. her knowledge enables her to provide a joyful environment that stimulates her student's innate sense of wonder and develops their enthusiasm to discover, learn, and grow.

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Board of Directors


Diallo Crenshaw

diallo crenshaw has been on the board of directors since 2015. his two children attended new hope academy from pre-k through 8th grade. mr. crenshaw is an intellectual property attorney whose firm specializes in obtaining patent, trademark, and copyright protection for its clients.


Shawn Fenstermacher

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Shelia Merriweather

皇冠hg代理体育sheila p. merriweather is the mother of carla renee merriweather, a 9th grader at new hope academy (nha). the merriweather’s have been a part of the nha community for 10 years and sheila has served for two-years as the parent teacher organization (pto) president; one year as the pto treasurer; and several years as room parent.

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Beverly Berndt

beverly berndt teaches high school algebra 1 as well as core subjects for the sixth grade. she was born in massachusetts where she earned her bachelor's degree in sociology at northeastern university in boston. berndt has taught at nha since 1990

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Kim Dadachanji

皇冠hg代理体育kim dadachanji teaches the preschool class for 3 year olds. she joined nha as a substitute before she began teaching preschool in 1996.

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Aisha Faison

皇冠hg代理体育aisha faison teaches upper level math and computer science classes along with elementary & middle school technology courses. she also coaches after-school robotics and engineering teams. “ms.aisha” has been with nha since 2006.

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Joy Morrow

joy morrow is the school's principal and president of the nha board of directors. her academic background in psychology and in social work informed her practical experience with group homes for delinquent teenagers as well as her extensive work with preschools.

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Karen Wilkening

karen wilkening has taught kindergarten at nha since 1992. she was born in denver and spent most of her adolescent years in kansas city, mo. known to all as "mrs. karen," she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in education from the university of massachusetts at amherst.

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