As Learning Coordinator for the Ward 6 Achievement Center, Alexis creates and fosters relationships between youth and our volunteer mentors and support our scholars academically, emotionally, and mentally through the hardships of middle school.
“I work at Higher Achievement because of their mission to close the education opportunity gap by providing knowledge and information.”
Learning Coordinator, Ward 4 DC Metro
Director of High School Placement and Alumni Programs
Breylon leads the strategy around our High School Placement and Alumni Programs. He believes our scholars and alumni have meaningful things to contribute to their communities and society now and in the future. As they matriculate through our program, he wants to demonstrate his commitment by leveraging opportunities and empowering them.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I am a change agent for good and an active member of the solution.”
Bri Wallington Ferguson
Learning Director, Brookland DC Metro
AmeriCorps Program Support Fellow DC Metro
Program Coordinator DC Metro
AmeriCorps Achievement Fellow, Brookland DC Metro
Brittany ensures that our 8th graders are placed in schools that best fit their needs. Her goal is to help ease the application process for our scholars, so they can achieve their academic goals in an environment that best suits them.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I want to see every child succeed no matter their circumstances.”
Learning Director, Ward 4 DC Metro
Chavonte is leader of the Ward 4 Achievement Center, she works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Ward 4 Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I get to have a strong impact on the academic, social, and emotional development of middle school youth.”
Learning Director, Ward 8 DC Metro
As the Learning Director for our Ward 8 site Chris works with school staff, families, and scholars to make the Ward 8 Achievement Center an intentional learning environment that supports scholars’ academic and social growth.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I get to support students in the pursuit of their lifelong goals.”
Emena manages mentoring at the Ward 8 Achievement Center and work with the Ward 8 center staff to create a safe, impactful, and positive learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I enjoy having an impact on the scholars and the city I grew up in!”
Jacob assists in running programming at the Ward 4 Center. His primary responsibility at Ward 4 is making sure that the mentoring component of our programming is fun and engaging for mentors and scholars alike.
“I work at Higher Achievement because being of service to our scholars is an immensely gratifying and rewarding experience.”
Director of Program Operations DC Metro
James oversees the Ward 8, Ward 1, Greenbelt, Ward 6, and Brookland Achievement Centers, support the implementation of strategic programming, and manage Summer Academy teachers.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I enjoy collaborating with scholars, families, and schools to support scholars’ academic and social growth.”
Manager of Programs and Operations DC Metro
Johanna manages field trips, electives, seminars, overnight college trips, center meals, center supplies, and transportation for DC Metro scholars. “I work at Higher Achievement because it takes an organization like Higher Achievement to create and foster opportunities that will build the future in my community.”
Mike is responsible for the recruitment, supervision, training, and support of volunteer teaching mentors, ensuring that they are able to implement the curriculum and actively engage scholars in learning. As a VSC, he also plans and executes center events, field trips, and other activities to enhance the scholars’ learning experience.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I am passionate about Higher Achievement’s mission, and this is the perfect position that will allow me to continue working with youth in the DMV area so that I can be an ally.”
As the leader of the Alexandria Achievement Center, Stephanie works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Alexandria Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I appreciate that we focus on preparing middle school youth for long term success and opportunities”
Executive Director, External Affairs DC Metro
As Executive Director, Thalia has operational responsibility for the DC Metro affiliate where we serve 550 scholars at eight centers in DC, Alexandria, and Prince George’s County, MD. She engages in senior staff management, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and organization-wide leadership.
“I work at Higher Achievement because as a first-generation American this mission is personal – the middle to high school transition launched my path to college and it’s an honor to help other young people do the same.”