Our Team

Elizabeth Torres, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder

Elizabeth has extensive teaching, administration, and education policy experience. She began her career in education as a DC Teaching Fellow in DCPS where she taught special education reading and mathematics. She then served on the administrative team of a specialty Title I DCPS/Big Picture Learning secondary school. In this role, she oversaw special education administration and compliance. Elizabeth was recognized by DCPS as the top special education administrator for the 2008-2009 school year. Since 2009, Elizabeth has also taught courses in education policy at The George Washington University to teachers and administrators throughout the DC area. Prior to founding Washington Global, Elizabeth was a Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services where she focused her work on K-12 and higher education special education policy and performance management. Elizabeth holds an Ed.D. in Neuroscience and Special Education from The George Washington University where she was a 2009-2010 Dean’s Merit Scholar, an M.A. in Transition Special Education from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in History from Vassar College. Elizabeth also studied History at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.


Howard Mebane


Howard is an experienced educator who has experience at the primary and secondary school levels. Prior to joining Washington Global in 2014 as its Chief Student Affairs Officer, Howard taught in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) for approximately ten years at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Most recently he served as a lead teacher at a DCPS/Big Picture Learning, Title I high school. Additionally, Howard has held lead roles on student support teams, school restructuring teams, and community outreach groups. Howard holds a B.S. from Virginia State University, a M.S. from Walden University in Education and Teacher Leadership, and also has completed graduate work in education at The University of Maryland and Trinity College. Most recently, Howard completed a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program at Georgetown University.

Omolara Magassouba

Director of Intervention

Omolara Magassouba is the Director of Intervention. She has been an educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools and Charter Schools for over 20 years with experience teaching second and third grade. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Magassouba was an Instructional coach for several years with a focus on K-8th grade teachers and an Assistant Principal for over 10 years in the Elementary and Middle School setting.Mrs. Magassouba attended Bowie State University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Social work and Trinity University where she earned a Masters of Science in Educational Administration. She also holds professional educator certifications in Educational Leadership (All Levels) and Elementary Education (K-6).

Modestine Davis

Instructional Coach

Modestine Davis serves as Washington Global’s Instructional Coach, supporting the school in all facets of academics, including curriculum design and implementation, coaching and feedback, and data and assessment. She teaches ELA and writing classes, serves as an SST member, and helps maintain a variety of school-level systems.

Contact List


Name Title Contact
Elizabeth Torres, Ed.D. Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder eltorres@washingtonglobal.org
Howard Mebane Principal hmebane@washingtonglobal.org

Business and Operations

Name Title Contact
Lynell Gray Business and Facilities Manager lgray@washingtonglobal.org
Diana Gabriel, PHR, SHRM-CP Director of Operations dgabriel@washingtonglobal.org
Alexis Levien Development and Special Projects Associate

Student and Teacher Support

Name Title
Malene Kambon Dean of Students mkambon@washingtonglobal.org
Fredy Loran Dean of Culture floran@washingtonglobal.org
Modestine Davis Director of Curriculum and Instruction mdavis@washingtonglobal.org
Victoria Makell Instructional Coach vmakell@washingtonglobal.org
Astarsia Young Student Recruitment Director/High School Prep Teacher ayoung@washingtonglobal.org
Shannon Palka ELA Curriculum Specialist and Coach
D’Vore Brittingham Special Education Coordinator
Taneeka Jackson Social Worker
Sandra Barton Special Education Teacher
Tia Beaubrun Dedicated Aide/Operations Assistant
Deloreis Berry Master Math Teacher
Nylea Bivins Special Education/Reading Teacher
Ayana Dread ELA/Humanities Teacher
Jua Fletcher ELA Teacher
Keoirah Greene Math Teacher
Shalonda Hutchins ScienceTeacher
Michael Jean Health and Physical Education Teacher
Noah Martini Social Studies Teacher
Deepa Mistry Math Teacher
Angela Moten Special Education Teacher
Hunter Pearce 8th Grade Math Teacher
Andre Priester Paraeducator
Kiara Roberson Social Studies Teacher
Lizette Saveedra Mitchell Spanish Teacher
Kevin Smith Paraeducator
Narenta Summers Special Education Teacher
Meaghan Thomas 8th Grade Science Teacher
Andrea Whittner 6th Grade ELA Teacher