Brandon Eatman was born and raised in Hampton, VA. In 1993, he graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In August of 1993, he began his career in DCPS as a paraprofessional at Scott Montgomery Elementary School under the leadership of Principal Ann Thomas. For the next seven years, Mr. Eatman served as a Kindergarten teacher at Scott Montgomery ES. In 1995, Mr. Eatman earned his Early Childhood Teaching Certification from Trinity University. From 1998 until 2000, Mr. Eatman also worked part time as a personal trainer and competed in two local and one national bodybuilding contest.
In 2001, Mr. Eatman earned his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. That same year Principal Thomas assigned Mr. Eatman to the position of No Child Left Behind Coordinator. In March of 2003, Mr. Eatman accepted a position as an Assistant Principal at the Capitol Hill Cluster School. After two years serving under the leadership of Principal Jennifer Smith, Mr. Eatman interviewed and was selected for the position of Principal for the Capitol Hill Cluster School. Mr. Eatman served as the Principal of CHCS for six years. During his time there, student achievement increased at Stuart-Hobson (13% increase in ELA and 14% increase in Math) and Watkins (9% increase in ELA and 8% increase in Math). The Montessori program also expanded by adding a primary classroom. Under Mr. Eatman’s leadership, Stuart-Hobson MS became the second highest performing middle school in DCPS and students were able to earn Carnegie units for Algebra and Spanish. Mr. Eatman informed Chancellor Rhee that he wanted to leave the Cluster School to become the Principal of Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan. In 2011, Mr. Eatman was appointed by Chancellor Henderson, to serve as Principal of Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan. Mr. Eatman has been an administrator for this Montessori program for over 10 years.
Ms. Nashid holds an AMI Elementary Montessori Certificate from Loyola College in Maryland, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Education, with a Graduate Certificate in Leadership from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Nashid taught Lower and Upper Elementary, as well as Adolescent Science for seven years. She has also spent time sharing the beauty of science with primary students. Ms. Nashid enjoys spending time with her husband and her four children who have all benefited from the Montessori experience. It brings her joy to see a child smile with laughter and a child beam with excitement from learning.
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