Montgomery Blair High School
Instructional Leadership Team, 2022-2023
United We Soar
Renay Johnson, Proud Principal
Mrs. Renay Johnson has worked in Montgomery County Public Schools for over 30 years. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and Johns Hopkins University, Mrs. Johnson has served as a teacher, School Counselor, Resource Counselor, Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, and in 2011, after 77 years of male leaders, she became the first woman principal of Montgomery Blair High School -- the largest high school enrollment in Maryland with over 3200 students and 320 staff members!
Mrs. Johnson is a recipient of the 2019 Takoma Park United Unsung Hero Award, 2018 Silver Spring Links, Leadership Award, 2018 Every Girl Can Ambassador Award, 2017 Montgomery County Media Association, Nancy Walker Award, 2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha, Outstanding Community Service Award, 2015 Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, and the 2013 National Board Certified Teachers Network Principal of the Year.
Mrs. Johnson serves on Montgomery County Public Schools Advisory Committees and she is an Instructor at McDaniel College, Graduate Programs. She is married to James and they have two adult children, Jamie and Jordan. She is excited to begin her 12th year as the leader of Montgomery Blair High School. Go Blazers!
Claudine Biggs, Principal's Administrative Secretary
Ms. Biggs has worked for MCPS for 28 years; 18 years at Montgomery Blair High School- first as a main office secretary and then as the school’s Administrative Secretary. She also worked at Silver Spring International Middle School and at the Northeast Consortium office. Prior to her employment with MCPS, she worked as a convention coordinator for trade associations in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Biggs’ two children graduated from Montgomery Blair HS, and her family are all proud Blazers! She loves to spend time with her grandchildren, who know her as DeeDee. Ms. Biggs is a worldwide traveler, a voracious reader, loves to cook, entertain, garden, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends.
Ms. Biggs is Lebanese/Armenian American, has lived in Libya and England, and shares her love of languages with students and staff, often helping them with Arabic translations and homework. She thrives on the diversity and cultural richness of the school. Ms. Biggs LOVES her job!
Ms. Biggs is the recipient of the 2020-21 MCPS Supporting Services Employee of the Year. She is looking forward to another great year serving the Montgomery Blair community!
Adriana Burgos-Ojeda, Assistant Principal
Winter Bingham, Assistant Principal
Dr. Bingham is a native of Richmond, Virginia and proud alumnae of Radford University with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She began her educational journey at Durham Public Schools (DPS) as an Exceptional Children (EC) Teacher in the Occupational Course of Study Program. She earned a double Masters in Special Education and School Administration and Education Leadership from North Carolina Central University (NCCU).
In 2015, she began her tenure in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as a Special Education and Resource Teacher (RTSE) while completing her doctoral studies at Bowie State University under the Culturally Responsive Education Leadership in Special Education Grant (CRELSE). In 2020, she received her doctoral degree in Education Leadership after defending her dissertation research study titled, Are Principals Really Serving the Gifted Students? An exploratory study investigating secondary principals’ perceptions of their leadership practices and attitudes towards culturally and linguistically diverse students’ participation in gifted education.
Dr. Bingham has a daughter named Autumn Journey and a Labrador retriever named Jackson Boomer. She looks forward to building meaningful relationships and fond memories with the Blair community.
Lavina Carrillo, Assistant Principal
Joseph Fanning, Assistant Principal
Peter Ostrander, Magnet Coordinator
Tracy Pettis-Jones, Assistant Principal
Rahman Culver, Assistant School Administrator
James Funk, Business Administrator
Jacqueline Armstead-Thomas, Fine Arts Resource Teacher
Mrs. Jacqueline Armstead-Thomas is beginning her 12th year at Montgomery Blair and her 16th year in Montgomery County. Along with being the Resource Teacher for the Fine Arts Department, she also teaches all four levels of Digital Art. Mrs. Armstead-Thomas holds a BA in Graphic Design and Business from West Virginia Wesleyan where she played D2 volleyball, and a master's degree in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her after-school hours, Mrs. Armstead-Thomas is the co-sponsor for the National Art Honor Society and the assistant coach of the Co-ed Varsity Volleyball team. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, reading true crime, and snuggling with her two cats. Blair has one of the best Fine Arts departments in the county and Mrs. Armstead-Thomas cannot wait for students to share their talents with the Blazer community.
Brenda Barrera Mercado, World Languages Resource Teacher
Leslie Blaha, Testing Coordinator
Rita Boulé, Blair Athletic Specialist
Rita Boulé has been in MCPS for 28 years as an athletic specialist, teacher, coach, and academy lead. She spent the first 17 years at John F. Kennedy High School where she coached 44 teams including boys and girls varsity soccer, basketball, and softball, before coming to Montgomery Blair to be the Athletic Specialist. This is her 12th year at Blair as Athletic Specialist. She also teaches the New Coaches Seminar for the county, is chairperson of the MCPS Coaches Committee, and serves on the Equity and Social Justice committee. She is the District 2 (MCPS) Representative for the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA). She is very proud of the Blazer Athletics program and all of its success in both academics and athletics. In her free time, she highly enjoys the outdoors, being physically active, traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, landscaping, cooking, and learning.
Crystal Brown, Acting Mathematics Resource Teacher
Mrs. Crystal Brown has been teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools for 17 years and is entering her 7th year at Montgomery Blair High School. She has a B.S. in Pure and Applied Mathematics from Howard University, a MAT in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University, and a Certificate in Administration from McDaniel College. One thing she loves and values, just as much as teaching, is learning. She is a member of the MCPS Doctoral Cohort and is pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Bowie State University. Crystal is married to Christopher Brown and has two children, Kennedy and Kendrick. She enjoys spending time with her family, hand lettering, and styling natural hair in her spare time. She is excited to serve the Math Department and collaborate with the dynamic leadership team at Montgomery Blair High School.
Michael E. Burnell, Elected Faculty Representative
Michael E. Burnell is an accomplished educator, counselor, athletic administrator, and coach in the field of educational and career counseling. He has worked in Montgomery County, Prince Georges County , and the District of Columbia in areas of high affluence and Title 1 schools. He brings experience and wisdom being dual certified as classroom teacher and a professional school counselor. For over two decades, he has worked with administrators, parents, students, coaches, local officials of various cultured backgrounds where his career encompasses the diverse Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area. As an African American man, born in the city, raised in the suburbs, schooled at Howard University, and receiving his masters degree from a top 20 academic program at George Washington University, Michael brings a unique, socio-political perspective to his work. Today, Michael continues to follow his passion of teaching Advanced Placement classes, counseling students and athletes as they prepare life, leading clubs, and coaching multiple sports at the secondary level, while working to unify school officials and parents of various backgrounds for the common goal of inclusion and success for every family.
Emily Callaghan, Social Worker
Dr. Andrew Fields, Staff Development Teacher
Sarah Fillman, Communication Arts Program, Blair Publications Coordinator
Ms. Fillman is beginning her 20th year as a teacher, all of which have happened at Blair. She received a B.A. of English Education from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University), an M.A. of Education in Human Development from The University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. in Equity and Excellence in Education from McDaniel College. Ms. Fillman is a National Board Certified Teacher and received the Board of Education Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education Award in 2019. In addition to teaching, Ms. Fillman runs a photography business and a tumbling summer camp. She is married to another teacher in the county, Kevin Corpuz, and together they have three cats, Bentley, Cooper and Poppy, and two dogs, Penny and Watson. Her love for animals extends to her volunteer work for City Dogs and Kitties Rescue DC as an adoption counselor. Ms. Fillman looks forward to continuing her equity work in the upcoming school year.
Donna Franklin, Financial Specialist
Ryan Gerasimowicz, Elected Faculty Representative
Jody Gil, Elected Faculty Representative
Tess Hiller, ESOL and Reading Resource Teacher
Kati Holmes, English Resource Teacher
Kati Holmes has worked at Blair for five years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Master’s degree from George Mason University. Prior to working in MCPS, Kati taught English and served as On-Time Graduation Coordinator in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has also worked in Curriculum Development, both in FCPS and at the University of Maryland. Kati is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Pear Deck Coach who loves helping teachers learn new tech. She and her husband enjoy DIY house projects, rock climbing, and biking.
ReBecca Hughes, Social Studies Resource Teacher
Adrian Kelly, Security Team Leader
Mr. Adrian Kelly has worked for MCPS for 23 years, 20 at Montgomery Blair High School. He worked as a paraeducator for five years and a security assistant for the last 15, as well as the JV Football head coach (2005-2012) and JV Lacrosse coach (2007-2012). Adrian has a great knowledge of the Blair students and community not only from his extensive work experience but as a proud Blair alum. He is excited to continue serving the Blair community as the Security Team Leader. Adrian attended Bowie State University and is married to Yolande; they have two awesome children: Adrian Jr. and Asia. He enjoys family, sports, exercise, and travel.
Andrea Lamphier, Media Specialist
Celita Lewis-Davis, Diversity and Inclusion Instructional Coordinator
Dr. Celita Lewis-Davis has been teaching for 29 years and has worked for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) since 1997. Prior to starting with MCPS, she worked as a mathematics teacher in DC Public Schools. It was there that she won the First Class Sallie Mae teacher of the year for DC. She began her MCPS journey at Montgomery Blair and transitioned to middle school as the Math IRT at Silver Spring International Middle School. She also taught mathematics at Paint Branch High School before returning to Montgomery Blair High School. Dr. Lewis-Davis believes that equity and diversity are the foundation for increasing student achievement. She has worked to diversify the mathematics department, used data to increase the number of minorities teaching upper-level mathematics, and increased minority participation in upper-level math classes. She has worked with the Algebra Project, founded by Dr. Bob Moses. It is an equity initiative in mathematics literacy, and Dr. Lewis-Davis had the opportunity to speak about the math inequities for marginalized students. She has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of the District of Columbia, M.Ed. in Urban Education from Trinity University, an Ed.S. from Walden University in Teacher Leadership, and an Ed.D. from Trident University International in Educational Leadership. She is the co-director of Blair’s Sankofa production and co-sponsor of the Blair Society for Minorities in STEM. Her research has been centered around infusing literacy in the mathematics curriculum, specifically, the Algebra 1 classroom. She has been honored by MBHS with the Stickley-Stant Faculty Service Award (2021) and has been spotlighted in the Mathematically Gifted and Black Profile (2021). Celita is married to Tim Davis and has two sons, ages 22 and 19. She is a professional musician and loves playing piano and organ, as well as drawing and figuring out math problems!
Robert J. McMahon, Jr., Health and Physical Education Resource Teacher
Terel C. Reid, Resource Teacher of Special Education
Summer Roark, Science Resource Teacher
Beth Sanchez, Academy Coordinator
Kira Scott, SEIU Representative
Kira Scott (Curry) is a paraeducator/support to the Science Department at Blair High School. She has been employed with MCPS for 10 years and at Blair going on 7 years. She will assume the role of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Representative in the coming academic year. She is also ECA after-school monitor and supervisor. She is confident that all will quickly realize her ability to be the voice of the Blair Support Team.
Makeyda Soriano, Resource Counselor
Karen Taylor-Boone, Career and Technology Education Resource Teacher
Mrs. Karen Taylor-Boone has been an educator for 22 years. For twelve years, Karen has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools as a classroom teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Southern University, a MS of Education in Curriculum Assessment from Troy State and Educational Specialist in Special Education from Augusta State University. Karen's classroom experience is in the CTE Department for over 20 years and co-teaching in the Special Education Department in the area of Autism. Karen's vision or purpose as an educator is to facilitate a culture of learning and exploration that allows students to be risk-taking in a challenging yet physically and emotionally safe educational setting. All the while, preparing students for their next chapter in life beyond high school, including in the workforce, higher educational institutions, and his/her personal relationships. Karen has been married for 19 years to Nicholas. Together, they have two sons ages 13 and 17 years old. Karen enjoys spending time relaxing on the beach surrounded by family and friends.
Her favorite motto is "“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
—Dr. Mae Jemison, first African American female astronaut