Adolescent Teaching Staff

Alicia Chambers

Science Teacher 

A native of St. Louis, MO, Ms. Chambers attended Howard University and graduated with a degree in chemistry. She began her career as a volunteer in the Mississippi Delta teaching high school students chemistry, physics, and algebra. After spending four years immersed in southern culture and a few more years exploring her Midwestern heritage, Ms. Chambers returned to the DC area where she worked as a science editor, curriculum developer, and grants manager for a global technical society. It was there, after seeing the underrepresentation of women and minorities majoring in science, that she decided to return to the classroom to share her love of science and encourage students to consider STEM careers.  She believes that while not every student will go on to pursue a career in science, all students can learn to appreciate the benefits of science and scientific thinking. Ms. Chambers has taught in charter schools and joined DCPS as a middle school science teacher two years ago. In 2015, she was selected to serve on the Chancellor’s Teacher Cabinet as well as a Teacher Selection Ambassador for the district. Ms. Chambers also holds a Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri and a Master of Education degree in Secondary Science from George Washington University. In her spare time, Ms. Chambers enjoys exploring historical sites, watching documentaries, and dancing.

 

 

Benjamin Steinberg

Benjamin Steinberg

Math Teacher
Mr. Steinberg graduated with a bachelor degree in political science and economics from Towson University, and a master degree in urban education from Johns Hopkins University. In Baltimore City, Mr. Steinberg taught in an alternative setting for students seeking a second opportunity to graduate from high school. He also taught AP World History in a more traditional Baltimore City school setting. Mr. Steingerg’s experience includes the opportunity to design a freshmen seminar elective, where students guided the curricular goals. The units surrounded nutrition, economics, and effective interviewing skills. He has also served as the high school basketball varsity coach. He is originally from the Washington DC area and is excited to be back home teaching DC students! Mr. Steinberg is an avid runner and enjoys biking, camping, hiking, and most anything involving science, nature, and the outdoors.

 

 

Kimberly Ross

English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
Since 2003, Ms. Ross has taught Montessori at the secondary level focusing on the Humanities. Ms. Ross began her Montessori career in 2002, at Henson Valley Montessori School in Maryland, where she was the Directress of the Middle School program. From 2012 – 2014, Ms. Ross taught at John Hanson Montessori School, where, in 2013, she became the Chair of Reading Language Arts and Social Studies. She holds an M.A. in Literature from American University, a B.S. in Mass Communication from Towson University, a Montessori certification in Secondary Education from the Houston Montessori Center and a certification in Training and Development from Georgetown University. Her greatest career achievements has been to see her students excel, not only academically but as wonderful, purposeful human beings. In her spare time, Ms. Ross enjoys reading, being a sometimes writer and artist, teaching dance and spending time with friends.