Dear Parents and Families of Langley Elementary School,
As we begin to look toward School Year 2020-2021, I am excited to announce that Kristina Kellogg has been selected as the next principal of Langley Elementary School. I want to thank Langley families and community members for participating in this process and providing compelling feedback in the selection of our new school leader.
As a proud Washingtonian and product of DC Public Schools, Kristina Kellogg brings 19 years of education experience to her work in DCPS. Kristina earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of the District of Columbia, her M.Ed in Elementary Administration at Concordia University, and has completed field studies at American University. After earning the Presidential Math and Science Teaching Award, Kristina was a member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for two consecutive years and most recently participated in the first DCPS Leadership and Innovation Program for Assistant Principals.
Kristina has served DCPS in many capacities over the years which include, a highly effective elementary teacher, a STEM coordinator that enhanced teaching and learning, and a Math Instructional Coach that developed teacher best practices. Most recently, Kristina was Assistant Principal of John Burroughs ES while performing duties as the interim principal at Langley ES from August through November 2019.
I am confident that under the leadership of Principal Kellogg the next phase of excellence at Langley Elementary School will guide our scholars to continued development and success. I look forward to supporting Principal Kellogg and the entire Tiger community in preparation for the next school year. Should you have any questions, please contact me via email at Elizabeth.Namba@k12.dc.gov.
Instructional Superintendent, Cluster III
Spring is spectacular at Langley Elementary! Langley students now have beautiful raised beds full of growing food to enrich their FoodPrints lessons.
During a typical FoodPrints class, kids receive a short lesson from their FoodPrints teacher and engage in a hands-on food-preparation activity, followed by a tasting! After the snack, the FoodPrints teacher takes the students outside to the school garden for another hands-on lesson on growing food.
Langley Elementary's Baxter O'Brien was honored with the Rubenstein Award for Excellence in Teaching. Pictured above are Baxter O'Brien, from left, pre-K 4 teacher Anna Zinkgraf, Principal Vanessa Drumm and reading interventionist Christina Saavedra as they attend the Standing Ovation award ceremony.
This week, the whole Langley family was bursting with pride and excitement as our own Baxter O’Brien was recognized with one of DCPS’ highest honors! The Rubenstein Awards for Excellence in Teaching are presented to just a handful of teachers each year, at a ceremony for DCPS’ finest teachers, leaders, and school staff.
Mr. O’Brien teaches grades 3-5 Communication and Education Support, leading a classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Langley family knows Mr. O’Brien by his dedicated attention to his students, his enthusiasm for family engagement, and by his leadership in implementing socio-emotional learning through Conscious Discipline. Check out his Instagram, or catch a glimpse of him teaching in this WJLA feature!
As Mr. O’Brien explains: “Socio-emotional learning is woven throughout the school day. It is a transition in the way we think about teaching and utilizing moments throughout the day as teachable moments. We teach our students how they can independently work through conflict, both internally and externally whenever it arises. This can be seen proactively through targeted instruction of skills for conflict resolution, breathing techniques, strategies to utilize when overwhelmed, as well as in the moment, providing students with the language to effectively work through daily challenges and hardships.”
Mr. O’Brien says “What I love best about my job is being able to work with students day-to-day - the ups and downs, the daily challenges and successes. Every day is a new day with different challenges that come with it. There is never a dull moment.”
We could not be more proud of Mr. O’Brien, his students, and all of our students, teachers and staff in Langley’s six self-contained program classrooms. We’re so lucky to have you!