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Assistant Principal of IB

Dear Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Families,


My name is Francise Fernandez, and I am the new Assistant Principal of IB here at Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy. I am so excited to be working with the staff, students, and community of MMBDA this year!


I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wilmington University; and most recently, completed my Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Leadership, through George Washington University.


My goal as an educator has always been to create an environment in which students are not only an active part of their own learning, but one in which they are able to see themselves reflected in the community and curriculum through which they are being taught.


I am coming to Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy from Alexandria City Public Schools, where I previously taught second and fourth grades, and served as IB Coordinator at a PK-8 school.


As IB Coordinator, I led the school through reauthorization of the PYP program; as well as, the authorization process for the MYP program.


I created and fostered relationships with community organizations in order to facilitate partnerships between staff, students, and the surrounding community; created and planned opportunities for students to engage in diverse, real-world experiences that encouraged and promoted curiosity and knowledge of the world around them; as well as coached teachers around integrating cultural diversity into the curriculum and their instruction. 


I  have led and facilitated collaborative team meetings in both elementary and middle school; professional development around classroom management and behavior; and worked with students on social engagement through the completion of service learning projects.


I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with everyone here, and continuing the IB journey with the Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy community this year!


Thank you.


Francise Fernandez

Assistant Principal of IB

Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy