Ms. Shawna Carter
Shawna Carter is a Kindergarten teacher at Randolph. This year is her first year at Randolph. Prior to coming to Randolph, she was a teacher at Carlin Springs. Ms. Carter was a special educator for over twenty years. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland-College Park and her graduate work at The George Washington University. Shawna enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Ms. Amanda Mayfield
Amanda Mayfield is a Kindergarten teacher at Randolph. This is her first year at Randolph Elementary School. Before Randolph, she was a Kindergarten teacher at Triggs Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended college at the University of Oklahoma where she studied Early Childhood Education. In her free time she likes to travel and spend time with her family. When she is not doing that she enjoys reading and exploring Washington D.C.
Ms. Naziha Niazi
Naziha Niazi is a kindergarten teacher at Randolph. This will be her first year at Randolph. Before Randolph, she was working in Prince William County as a pre-k Title I teacher. She attended The College of William & Mary for undergrad and Teachers College-Columbia University for grad school. In her free time, she enjoys playing the drums, going to rock concerts, writing and performing poetry, and hanging out with friends.
David Siu teaches kindergarten and serves as Randolph’s instructional lead teacher. He started working at Randolph in 2009. Prior to coming to Randolph, David taught in District of Columbia Public Schools as well as Harvard University. He did his undergraduate work at Oberlin College and graduate work at Harvard and American University. David enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with his family.
In Kindergarten, students work together with teachers and peers to expand their knowledge and master the kindergarten curriculum. Through daily guided reading children are exposed to book handling and reading text. Children learn techniques to help them enhance their reading abilities. Our Lucy Calkins inspired writing program encourages creativity through daily storytelling and supportive illustrations. Handwriting without tears, read alouds and word study round out our language arts curriculum.
In math we develop a strong foundation in numbers to 100, shapes, sorting and patterns. We build upon this foundation to develop children’s problem solving skills, including basic addition, subtraction and graphing. In science and social studies instruction focuses on inquiries into the world around our young students. Topics include communities, magnets and living things. As part of an IB Primary Years Programme of instruction we cultivate thoughtful and caring students ready to grow into responsible global citizens.