Montgomery Blair High School
Instructional Leadership Team, 2020 - 2021
Renay Johnson, Proud Principal
Mrs. Renay Johnson has worked in Montgomery County Public Schools for over 25 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 10th year as the leader of Montgomery Blair High School. Go Blazers!
Adriana Burgos-Ojeda, Assistant Principal
Ms. Adriana Burgos-Ojeda is entering her 16th year in Montgomery County Public Schools, having served as a Library Media Specialist at Newport Mill Middle School and at Kennedy High School before joining the team at Montgomery Blair High School as an Assistant Principal in 2017. She holds a BA in Spanish Literature from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Library Science with a concentration in School Library Media from Drexel University and a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from Hood College. Outside of work, she is passionate about running, reading, yoga, food, and family. Ms. Burgos is thrilled to continue leading, learning, and growing as a part of the MBHS community.
Dirk Cauley, Assistant Principal
Mr. Dirk Cauley has worked for Montgomery County Public School System for twenty years as an assistant principal. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from Bowie State University. He is married and has four adult children. He is charged to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness.
Lavina Carrillo, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Lavina Carrillo has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for six years, four of which have been at Montgomery Blair High school as an Assistant Principal. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Miami and a Master’s in Education from George Washington University. She earned her Administrative Certification from George Washington University. Lavina has a wide range of experience in education, from elementary, secondary, to adult. Working in Title I, bilingual schools, and schools abroad have given her insight in addressing the needs of all students, from different backgrounds. Lavina is married to Charlie and has three wonderful children. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling around the world. She looks forward to continuing to serve the Montgomery Blair High School Community.
Joseph Fanning, Assistant Principal
Mr. Joseph Fanning has worked for MCPS since 2009 and began his career with MCPS as an English teacher and Silver Chips advisor at Blair from 2009-2013. Prior to starting with MCPS, he worked as a teacher in Worcester County (MD) from 1999-2004, and as a teacher in Brevard County (FL) from 2004-2009. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Fanning also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in Social Studies education from Salisbury University and completed his Educational Administration certification through Hood College. Prior to returning to Blair in 2019 as a school administrator, he worked as Co-Lead of the Consulting Teacher team in the Department of Professional Growth Systems in MCPS. He is married and they have three daughters: 14 year old twins and a 12 year old. He is an avid reader and enjoys traveling with his family. Mr. Fanning looks forward to continuing to serve the Montgomery Blair Community.
James Funk, Business Administrator
Peter Ostrander, Magnet Coordinator
Mr. Peter Ostrander has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for 25 years. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Prior to working in MCPS, Mr. Ostrander taught math, science and computer science in California, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He joined MCPS in 1995 as a computer science teacher at Takoma Park Middle School. After eight years at TPMS, he became the coordinator of the newly created magnet programs at Roberto Clemente Middle School and then a program supervisor with the Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction before joining Montgomery Blair High School as the magnet coordinator eleven years ago. He enjoys baseball, geocaching and license plate collecting. You can find Mr. Ostrander in room 351 – the door is always open.
Tracy Pettis-Jones, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Tracy Pettis-Jones has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for twenty-four years. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Norfolk State University, Master's Degree from University of Maryland, College Park, and Administration Certification from George Washington University. She has worked as a Special Education teacher at RICA and White Oak Middle Schools, and as a teacher and administrator at Paint Branch High School for 17 years. Most recently, Tracy was the Acting Principal at Paint Branch High School. Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our school. She is married to Gary and has three adult children and a 13 year old daughter. Tracy enjoys reading and family road trips. She looks forward to serving the Montgomery Blair High School community.
Candace Wilkerson, Assistant School Administrator
Mrs. Wilkerson has worked for MCPS for four years, most recently as a Special Education Teacher at Northwood High School. She has fourteen years of education experience in Georgia, working with Students with Disabilities, Career Technical Education, STEM and Debate Team. Candace received her Bachelor of Science from Brenau University, in Gainesville, Georgia; Master of Education Administration from Troy College, Troy Alabama; Master of Special Education, Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and she has an Advanced Graduate Degree/Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction, from Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is married with four adult sons and enjoys reading, fishing and spending time outdoors with her family. She is looking forward to serving the Montgomery Blair High School Community.
Jacqueline Armstead-Thomas, Fine Arts Resource Teacher
Brenda Barrera Mercado, World Languages Resource Teacher
Ms. Barrera Mercado has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for 9 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and culture and a Master of Education from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She was named Teacher of Promise of her class, which is an award given by the Maryland State Department of Education. She completed her teaching Master’s practicum internship at Montgomery Blair High School. Ms. Barrera Mercado has experience teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has also worked as a college professor for Montgomery College teaching Spanish for medical professionals and other degree-seeking undergraduate students. She has worked for public and bilingual charter schools in the District of Columbia. Ms. Barrera Mercado has been a mentor teacher for University of Maryland teacher interns. She enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students. Ms. Barrera Mercado lives in Montgomery County. She is married to Carlos and has two children, Steven and Alessandro.
Leslie Blaha, Elected Faculty Representative
Rita Boulé, Blair Athletic Specialist
Rahman A. Culver, Diversity and Inclusion Instructional Coordinator
Rahman A. Culver is an educational equity advocate who has taught in both the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Public School Systems. He is the former Social Studies Department Resource Teacher and current Diversity and Inclusion Instructional Coordinator for Montgomery Blair High School. Prior to becoming a teacher, Culver worked in the nonprofit sector focused on the opportunity gap, working with national organizations such as College Summit and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Culver earned a B.A. in African-American Studies from the University of Maryland, an M.P.A. from George Mason University, and is certified in secondary social studies and special education. Culver is married to a Blair alumna and they have three teenage daughters. He is also a Blair and Magnet Program alumnus and enjoys sharing his life-long Blazer pride.
Celita Davis, Mathematics Resource Teacher
Dr. Andrew Fields, Staff Development Teacher
Sarah Fillman, Communication Arts Program, Blair Publications Coordinator
Donna Franklin, Financial Specialist
Ms. Franklin has worked for MCPS for twenty-four years. She started as a Head Start Assistant at Broad Acres Elementary School and jumped right to high school working in the Media Center at Montgomery Blair in 2001. Ms. Franklin has been the Financial Specialist at Montgomery Blair since 2004. Though she is a graduate of Northwood High School, she has become a Blair Blazer and fully embraces the Blair community. She is married with two adult children and two precious granddaughters. She enjoys going to listen to live bands and spending summer vacation with her children and grandchildren. She is looking forward to continuing to serve the Montgomery Blair High School Community and hopes to retire from Montgomery County Public Schools and Blair in six years.
Jody Gil, Elected Faculty Representative
Tess Hiller, ESOL and Reading Resource Teacher
Kati Holmes, English Resource Teacher
ReBecca Hughes, Social Studies Resource Teacher
Andrea Lamphier, Media Specialist
Robert J. McMahon, Jr., Health and Physical Education Resource Teacher
Mr. Robert J. McMahon, Jr. has worked at Montgomery Blair High School since 2005. He started college at the University of Pittsburgh but finished as a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. After working for few years in the fitness industry in the Philadelphia area, Mr. McMahon earned his Teacher certificate from Ursinus College and moved to Maryland. He earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Maryland and became the resource teacher of Health and Physical Education in 2012. Mr. McMahon has worked with the county to develop Weight Training curriculum, is passionate about leading an active lifestyle, and wants every student that takes Health and PE to learn to enjoy being active as well. He enjoys lifting weights, martial arts, biking, rollerblading, swimming, playing tennis, volleyball, skiing, and collecting. He resides in Silver Spring with his wife, two daughters, and dog.
Terel C. Reid, Resource Teacher of Special Education
Summer Roark, Science Resource Teacher
Beth Sanchez, Academy Coordinator
Kira Scott, SEIU Representative
Makeyda Soriano, Resource Counselor
David Stein, Elected Faculty Representative
David Stein is one of Blair's three elected faculty representatives. He is also head MCEA building rep for Blair. His primary job, though, is being a math instructor, teaching both Statistics and Calculus. This is Stein's 27th year being in the classroom, and his 19th year at Blair. All three of his children are Blair graduates. In his free time, he enjoys baseball and all sorts of puzzling. He is also an obsessive step-counter so you’ll him walking inside and outside the building.