Vice Principal-Brookland Campus
Tolisha Hopkins is a exuberant and hands on leader who is driven by creating access to opportunity for students, increasing student achievement, accountability to families, and working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to design the most effective, supportive, and engaging learning experience and learning environments for our students. With 14 years of experience in education her roles include lead teacher, TAG teacher, cheerleading coach, department chair, instructional coach, assistant principal, interim principal, director of distance learning, and IB coordinator.
Graduating from State University of New York College at Old Westbury with a BA in Literature and Language with a specialization In Multi-cultural Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies. She went on to attend Howard Divinity School earning credits but eventually transferring to the graduate English degree program at Bowie State earning a MA. Next, attending Trinity Washington University and earning a MSA in Educational Administration and graduating at the top of her class.
Her experience has led to working with students across the district and collaborating with teachers through The PARCC Readiness Project, DC Common Core Collective, Learnzillion, and Teachfest. She has served as a mentor teacher for student teachers and CityYear Corps. She has served students from PreK-4 through 12th grade and still maintains mentoring relationships with past students who are in college and beyond.
Mrs. Hopkins had received the ANET spotlight award, teacher of the month awards, perfect attendance awards, and recognition for being in the top 25% of teachers in a charter school network and the number one teacher for student growth in a school year.
Mrs. Hopkins is an inspirational leader. She believes in the power of human connection and community as forces for good in the world but especially in education. This work is “people work”. We have to rely on one another, build trusting relationship, and foster community norms such as respect, accountability, honesty, investment, dedication, and loyalty to move students forward. This work is sacrificial, demanding, and unrelenting but the rewards are numerous and invaluable. We are educators.