Colin Powell K-8 Academy
Meet Your New Principal
Hello CPA Community,
My name is Nina Lattimore and I am excited to introduce myself as the school principal of Colin Powell K-8 Academy. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead alongside a great staff (YOU) to birth a school full of new traditions that provides excellence in education. I am enthusiastic about building a great community where we can share our passion for teaching and learning, instill virtues, and empower our students to seek their full potential.
The 2023-2024 school year will mark my 24th year in education. Since graduating, I have served in a Title One school community in Washington DC, in a diverse English Language Learner population in Glen Burnie, Maryland and most recently in a Dual Language Model and Talented and Gifted Center (Capitol Heights) in Prince George's County.
Although I have always felt at home in the classroom, it is in my position as a school principal where I have been most fulfilled in my life’s work. School principalship provides me the chance to work collaboratively with teachers on a daily basis, while also remaining connected to students learning and growing in the classroom. I firmly believe that every child can excel and that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their powers to shape their future and the future of our community and our nation.
Great schools are a result of great teachers, staff, parents and community members. It is my goal to help grow our community through purpose, collective efficacy, communication, professional development and collaboration with all stakeholders to foster a school culture embedded in our PGCPS Proud mantra.
Colin Powell once said "If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."
I look forward to working with all of you to help enact our school mission and vision with the ultimate goal of budding a school community in which students, teachers, and our families thrive.
Ms. Nina Lattimore
I am a daughter, sister and godmother. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends; moments together bring me great joy.
I grew up in Anne Arundel County, MD in a unique neighborhood, Pumphrey. Fun fact, my great grandfather built many of the homes in the community.
My First Teaching Job
After a few years working in Public Relations (The White House, OWN Network, etc.) I started my career as an ESOL Teacher at Raymond Elementary School in Washington, DC in 2000.
My Professional Journey
- Earned my BA in Spanish & Communications from Towson University in 1998
- Earned my MA in Spanish from Howard University in 2002
- Earned my MA in Education (ESOL) from American University in 2003
- Received National Board Teacher Certification in 2007
- Currently pursuing Doctoral Degree from Walden University
- Served as a Behavior Specialist and Assistant Principal in AACPS
- First Year as Principal 2010, Marley Elementary, AACPS
My Philosophy of Education
We all share unique skills and passions. Working together helps us to not only grow professionally but it also strengthens our school community.
Innovative Instructional Practices
Our students live in a world full of color and vitality. Our school and classrooms should provide a space that allows our youth to "own their learning" as our educators serve as facilitators for their success.
Successful schools value community partners. Through partnerships we find connections to help meet the needs of all learners. Developing practices that promote our social and emotional well being leads students to respect one another, their teacher, their classroom and the world around them.
Innovative Instructional Practices
What I'm Reading (Professionally) This Summer
Few More Tidbits
Things I Can't Get Enough Of:
- Music-- From Chaka, Lionel, New Edition, Yolanda, to Tribe Call Quest (Hip Hop All Day)
- Laughter-- Warms My Heart & Soul
- Mental & Physical Wellness- Love a H.I.T. or Pilates Class, and of course Retail Therapy