Anna Bernanke

Anna Bernanke

Founder and Executive Director

A seasoned bilingual education leader, Anna holds 30 years of diverse and varied teaching experience ranging from pre-kindergarten to college level.  Experienced in teaching, Social, Emotional Learning curriculum development, education administration and management, and visionary leadership, Anna has taught Spanish at the National Cathedral School and served as the Foreign Language Department Chair at the César Chávez Charter High School, Capitol Hill Campus, in Washington, DC.

Recognized for her fluency in Spanish, Anna holds a Superior Rating from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and was selected to participate in structuring Foreign Languages Standards for the District of Columbia.  Anna is trained in Mind Body Medicine, is a regular speaker and guest on local television and radio shows, was featured as a speaker for the Jump$tart Coalition and served as the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Gateway Community Development Corporation 20th Anniversary Gala (located in the Greater Washington, DC area).

Anna is currently finishing modules and curricula in Social Emotional Learning for teachers, parents and students based on her 30 years of experience. A former Foreign Language Department Chair in both private and public schools, Anna is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a MA in Latin American Literature from Stanford University. Anna was born in Rome, Italy, and raised in Denver, Colorado.

Leadership, Staff and Administration

Anna Bernanke, Founder and Director

Issa Lara Combs, Accounts Manager and Financial Liaison

Dr. Elizabeth Johnson – Science Instructor, Leadership Team Member, Director of Programming and Schedule

Barbara Owens, Lead Mentor, Leadership Team Member

Geeta Raj, Leadership Team Member, Advisor for Global and Cultural Literacy




Crystal Adair, Upper Level English Language Arts Instructor, Creative Performing Arts Director

Robert Butler, English Language Arts, Social Studies and Visual Arts Instructor

Shaheed Dixon, Physical Education, Capoeira, Tai Chi, and African Drumming Instructor

Caleb Fabio, Assistant Instructor for Children Ages 5-8

Virginia Fabio, Upper level History Instructor, Restorative Practices Facilitator

Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, Science Instructor, Leadership Team Member, Director of Programming and Schedule

Jessica LaGarde, Arts and Mindfulness Instructor, Scholars Ages 5-8

Edwin Spinks, Lead Instructor, Scholars Ages 6-8, Restorative Practices Facilitator

Susan Spring, Mathematics and Science Instructor

DeLeon Ware​, ​Upper level Mathematics Instructor

Marquita Williams​, ​Lead Instructor, Scholars Ages 5-6

Guest Instructors

Dr Nadarjan Sethuraju, Restorative Processes Consultant, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Dr. Sabrina N’Daiye, Consultant, Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Jared Parks, Lead Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor

Albert Nimley, Videography Instructor

Heather Santiago, Nature Studies Coordinator, Scholars Ages 5-8, Field Trip Co-Facilitator