Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is an annual celebration that highlights the many accomplishments and contributions women have made to society throughout the course of history. This year Arlington Public Schools (APS) celebrates some of the women who have left an indelible impact on the local Arlington community. The women featured this month on the APS Women’s History Page, and across APS’ social media platforms, are educators, athletes, artists, law enforcement officers, and most of all, APS graduates. APS is honored to have the opportunity to recognize these women for their contributions to their local community and society as a whole. During this month, we celebrate the achievements of women everywhere, and especially how these women serve as an inspiration to our students. Check back for additional APS graduates throughout the month.

Shirley M

Shirley Maclaine– Class of 1952

Schools Attended: Thomas Jefferson and Washington Lee

Present Position: Television & Theatre personality

How are they making a difference: Shirley’s lifetime contributions to American culture through her roles in the performing arts.


Donna FFDonna Floyd Fales – Class of 1958

Schools Attended: Wakefield

Present Position: Former American tennis player

How are they making a difference: Donna was inducted into the Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.


Joan TMJoan Trumpauer Mulholland – Class of 1959

Schools Attended: Barrett

Present Position: Social and Civil Rights Activist & ESOL teacher

How are they making a difference: Joan’s influence in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s was made into a documentary film.


Heather McHugh, Victoria, British Columbia, Sept 18, 2009
 

Heather McHugh – Class of 1965

Schools Attended: Yorktown

Present Position: Poet, Educator and Translator

How are they making a difference: Heather started the non-profit CAREGIFTED to provide tribute to long-term caregivers of the severely disabled and chronically ill. She also taught for 40+ years at American colleges and universities.


Lynda VD   Lynda Van Devanter – Class of 1965

Schools Attended: Yorktown

Present Position: Deceased

How are they making a difference: Lynda was an Army surgical nurse and veteran advocate. She helped create the Vietnam women’s memorial.


Dawn CDawn Chatty – Class of 1965

Schools Attended: Wakefield

Present Position: Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration at Oxford

How are they making a difference: Dawn is an academic anthropologist and a practitioner in universities in the USA and internationally. She was Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.


Holly H  Holly Hawthorne – Class of 1968

Schools Attended: Walter Reed, Swanson and Washington Lee

Present Position: Principal at Arlington Traditional School

How are they making a difference: Holly’s hope and dream is that every child is healthy, safe, supported and academically engaged and challenged.


 Jeanne DDJeannemarie Devolites Davis – Class of 1974

Schools Attended: Yorktown

Present Position: American Politician

How are they making a difference: Jeannemarie served in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia.


Cathy Hix update   Cathy Hix – Class of 1975

Schools Attended: Jackson (now ATS), Ashlawn, Swanson and Washington Lee

Present Position: K – 12 Social Studies Supervisor for APS

How are they making a difference: Cathy’s vision has been focused on creating challenging and engaging learning experiences that allow all students to become informed and reasoned citizens of a democratic society and an interdependent world.


Joyce J Joyce Jordan – Class of 1978

Schools Attended: Drew, Gunston and Wakefield

Present Position: Randolph Extended Day Supervisor

How are they making a difference: Joyce serves on several committees in her neighborhood such as Nauck Civic Association, member of NAACP, OST (Out of School Time) and NAA (National Afterschool Association, After School Alliance.)


Theresa FTheresa Flynn – Class of 1981

Schools Attended: Glen Carlin, Barcroft, Washington Lee and H-B Woodlawn

Present Position:  Supervisor of Library Services

How are they making a difference: Theresa is a trailblazer who has been working alongside APS staff in the first integrated classes at the elementary level in 1968. She has helped initiatives at Doorways, AFAC and Whitman Walker.


sandra bullockSandra Bullock- Class of 1982

Schools Attended: Washington-Lee High School

Present Position:  Actress, producer, philanthropist, an d founder of Fortis Films

How are they making a difference: Sandra continuously excels as an actor.  She is known to the world as America’s Sweetheart.


BridgettBridget Doles – Class of 1987

Schools Attended: Drew Model, Randolph, Thomas Jefferson and Washington-Lee

Present Position: Technology Support Specialist

How are they making a difference: Bridget volunteers with Arlington Food Assistance and Manor Care.  She is the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Leader and webmaster for St. John’s Baptist Church in Arlington, VA.  She also gives back by preparing lunches for Martha’s Table in Washington, DC.


JessicaJessica Panfill – Class of 1988

Schools Attended: Williamsburg, and Yorktown

Present Position: Principal, Claremont Immersion

How are they making a difference: I am honored to serve the Arlington community as principal of Claremont Immersion Elementary School, one of the four dual language immersion schools in APS. As a student in APS, I learned to speak Spanish.  Now, I am proud to be part of a school community which values the language heritage of all of our students and supports their academic achievement in two languages.


Tania VelezTania Velez – Class of 1988

Schools Attended: Key, Swanson and Washington Lee

Present Position: Arlington County Police Officer

How are they making a difference: Tania is able to communicate in Spanish and in American Sign Language (ASL), allowing for further outreach to all citizens. She is currently the only female motor officer and enjoys the opportunity to be a positive role model to young girls throughout our community.


Charlotte HallCharlotte Hall  – Class of 1989

Schools Attended: Thomas Jefferson and Wakefield

Present Position: Dental Careers Teacher at Falls Church Academy, Fairfax County Public Schools

How are they making a difference: In the community, Charlotte and her dental students have served Arlington County pre-schoolers at “Give Kids a smile” at Northern Virginia Community College.  She provides aide to the under served in Haiti and is a Parent Leader with Boy Scout Pack 505. She thanks APS for providing a strong foundation.


Chummy GChantal Gill – Class of 1990

Schools Attended: Oakridge, Thomas Jefferson, Wakefield High School

Present Position: Co-Owner of Momentum³ and Co-Founder of 110 Foundation

How are they making a difference: I’m making a difference each day through my work in youth development. Through mentorship and coaching I have the pleasure of sharing my life experiences to enrich and inspire greatness in the next generation. I’m giving back to a community that gave a great deal to me and sharing those experiences with the world.


Joanna York

Joanna York – Class of 1991

Schools Attended: Drew Model School and H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program

Present Position:  Assistant Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware

How are they making a difference: She teaches Marine Biology and related topics to undergraduate students.  She also mentors and advises students.  Her research is focused on tracing human impacts from coastal watersheds to estuarine and coastal waters.


Vanessa CVanessa Cardenas – Class of 1992

Schools Attended: Washington Lee

Present Position: Communications Director at EMILY’s List

How are they making a difference: Vanessa works towards recruiting  women to run and get elected into office for the democratic party.


EbonyDayEbony Day – Class of 1992

Schools Attended: Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown

Present Position: Preschool Teacher at Kinhaven School; Director of the Ebony Day Dance Company

How are they making a difference: Ebony is making a difference in the world by providing preschool students with engaging educational experiences that are full of inquiry as they explore their place in the world around them!


Gladis B.Gladis Bourdouane – Class of 1993

Schools Attended: Washington-Lee and Wakefield

Present Position: Integrated Project Planner

How are they making a difference: She believes that developing relationships results in increased trust, which is a key component in engaging our community and ensuring the success for all our students. She believes that all students can learn in environments with high expectations for all. She also believes that “It Takes a Village.”


Lynne WrightDr. Lynne Wright – Class of 1993

Schools Attended: Taylor, Williamsburg and Yorktown

Present Position: Principal

How are they making a difference: I partner with children, staff and families to create a friendly learning community where all students receive an equitable education, one focused on communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.


robinson Casey Robinson – Class of 1995

Schools Attended: Page Elementary and H-B Woodlawn

Present Position: Principal at H-B Woodlawn

How are they making a difference: Casey welcomes five of her former students joining APS this year as teachers and administrative support staff.


VeronicaCovarrubiasVeronica Covarrubias – Class of 1996

Schools Attended: Key, Barrett, Swanson and  Washington Lee

Present Position: Professional School Counselor at Wakefield High School

How are they making a difference: Veronica works as an advocate for all students and supports students in areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development.  She is an active member of Latinas Leading Tomorrow, a 501(c) 3 non-profit established at Wakefield High School in 2011.


S.D. RawlingsDr. Shakina Dunbar Rawlings – Class of 1998

Schools Attended: Drew and H-B Woodlawn

Present Position: Pastor of Kingdom Fellowship Church, Alexandria, VA

How are they making a difference: Dr. Shakina strives to empower and equip individuals for greatness through ministry, outreach, consulting and positive apparel.


Nekya BallNekya Ball – Class of 2000

Schools Attended: Barrett, Swanson, and Yorktown

Present Position: Business & Technology Teacher, Minority Achievement Coordinator

How are they making a difference: I am making a difference by teaching students useful business and computer skills that prepare them for the world and provide them with a platform to be creative using technology. I am an advocate for students of color, supporting them in their academic achievements and enrichment by providing college visits, field trips, and connections to opportunities such as scholarships, college prep and other programs.


Dr. Levita RobinsonDr. Levita Robinson – Class of 2001

Schools Attended: Barrett, Thomas Jefferson, and Washington-Lee

Present Position: Internal Medicine Physician

How are they making a difference: As the lead primary care physician at a small community health center clinic in Dixwell-Newhallville, a neighborhood of New Haven, CT., I help to improve the health of my patients, many of whom did not have access to medical care prior to the introduction of the Affordable Care Act.


 Claudia  Claudia Mercado  – Class of 2002

Schools Attended: Glen Carlyn, Kenmore and Washington Lee

Present Position: Deputy Clerk/Communications Liaison, School Board

How are they making a difference: Claudia is proud to work for Arlington Public Schools and support its vision to create an inclusive school community. She is passionately driven by a quote from Mona Megahed, “If I’m having a positive impact on one person, I’m doing my job”.


Suzie PollardSuzy Pollard  – Class of 2004

Schools Attended: Abingdon and H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program

Present Position: Instructor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, John Hopkins School of Medicine

How are they making a difference: Suzy is a public health researcher in the field of global health. As part of her research, she develops strategies to improve health outcomes and access to evidence-based treatments for individuals with chronic, non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.


ClaudiaClaudia Santiago – Class of 2004

Schools Attended: Kenmore and Wakefield

Present Position: Conagra Brands’ Government Affairs team, Senior Specialist

How are they making a difference: Claudia aims to foster a safe space for millennial women to engage and exchange ideas – topics varying from personal to professional development.


Jesica Briley Jessica Briley  – Class of 2007

Schools Attended: Washington Lee

Present Position:  Nanny for 7 years. She is in the process of  starting her own nanny placement agency in the Washington, D.C., metro area, opening fall of 2018.

How are they making a difference: Jessica loves investing time  into the lives of children! She enjoys  seeing their growth while helping their parents build their child in the most crucial years of their lives.


KaritaRichardsonKarita Richardson – Class of 2007

Schools Attended: Drew Model, Gunston and Wakefield

Present Position: Configuration Management/Data Management Analyst with Alion Science and Technology Inc.

How are they making a difference: Karita serves Northern Virginia communities as a member and volunteer for organization such as AFAC, Project Giveback, Community Service Committee and Northern VA section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.


Molly Haines HeadshotMolly Haines – Class of 2007

Schools Attended: Claremont, Drew, Kenmore and HB Woodlawn

Present Position: General Music and Chorus

How are they making a difference: Molly is making a difference by teaching her students to appreciate and understand the world around them with music.


 

Isela_Melendez-CarpioIsela Melendez – Carpio – Class of 2008

Schools Attended: Hoffman- Boston, Gunston and Wakefield

Present Position: Posse D.C. Career Program Manager

How are they making a difference: Isela’s passion for higher education extends beyond access and enrollment. Her role as an educator has afforded her the opportunity to expose underrepresented students to various career paths.


MadalineTorresMadelaine Torres – Class of 2008

Schools Attended: Barcroft, Kemore and Wakefield

Present Position: Account Manager for Nestle Waters North America

How are they making a difference: Madelaine loves representing Women and Hispanics in corporate America. She began speaking at high school and college panels to share her background, experiences and help inspire young future business leaders of tomorrow.


Sam Taggart PictureSamantha Taggart – Class of 2010

Schools Attended:  Campbell and H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program

Present Position: Science Teacher at H-B Woodlawn

How are they making a difference: Samantha is encouraging our world’s next generation of scientists to be lifelong learners and to always keep wondering about the fascinating, beautiful world around us.


Isabelle OrozcoIsabelle Orozco – Class of 2012

Schools Attended:  Taylor, Williamsburg, and Yorktown

Present Position: Spanish, French, and English Translator

How are they making a difference: Isabelle is tolerant, patient, and educating as many people as she can. It is important to be open-minded in attempting to understand the hardships and upbringings of many people in order to understand their perspectives and opinions. My aim is to empower children from under served communities so they too can have the same resources and opportunities I was fortunate to receive. What is the best form?  Education, an educated person can broaden their horizons and break down barriers.


Francheska SandovalFrancheska Sandoval – Class of 2012

Schools Attended: Arlington Traditional, Williamsburg, and Yorktown

Present Position: Case Manager

How are they making a difference: I am making a difference by working with undocumented immigrants to reintegrate back in the community after being detained in an ICE facility.


Alum RecognitionRachel Narcho – Class of 2013

Schools Attended: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown High School

Present Position: Senior at University of Delaware- Major – Elementary Education

How are they making a difference: I am the pioneer for making a long lasting connection and relationship between the Cayman International School and the University of Delaware.


Carrie CVCarrie Cochran Vaughn

Schools Attended: Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown

Present Position: Farmer at Clagett Farm

How are they making a difference: Carrie provides local organic produce through community supported agriculture as well as providing fruits and vegetables to people in the area that are in poverty or near-poverty.