Danna Johnson  
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Welcome to SY 2021-22!  We are excited about being mostly in-person this school year with 5 days of face-to-face instruction.  This school year presents many unique challenges but working together we can handle any challenge that comes our way!

My journey in education began 26 years ago in Washington, DC public schools. I was a classroom teacher in grades 1-5 for 19 years before I became an administrator. I taught in both public and private schools--in DC, North Carolina, and in Prince William County. This is my 16th year in PWCS.  I taught at Triangle, Fannie W. Fitzgerald, and Bel Air Elementary Schools. I served as an Administrative Intern for one year and an Assistant Principal for three years at Featherstone Elementary before coming to Mary Williams ES.

My many years of service to diverse elementary school students and their families has taught me much about the importance of differentiation and student engagement. I am a firm believer in educational equity and equal access for all children.  I believe that schools must create opportunities for both students and their parents to be actively engaged in student learning, both digitally and face-to-face.  Technology supports both engagement and differentiation by allowing teachers to create more personalized instruction and assessment, and to create lessons that are engaging, interactive, collaborative, and designed for multiple learning styles. I also value the role of the teacher and the importance of relationship and embrace the words of Dr. James Comer, “No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.”

Personally, I am the mother of two children.  I have a 23-year old son who recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, NY, and a 20-year old daughter, who is studying Elementary Education at Old Dominion University.  I also have a 32-year old stepdaughter and son-in-law, and five “grand-girls,” ages, 4, 3, and 1.  My stepdaughter and her husband have two sets of twins, and live in GA.

Mrs. Garcia and I are here to respond to the needs of students and parents.  We simply ask that whenever issues arise, you first seek assistance from your child's teacher, and that you always assume positive intent about our staff, as we do about you.  Remember, we are all working together to make sure our MWES Panther Cubs succeed...and we can be "excellent together!"

#MWESExcellentTogether.
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We are excited about the school year and here to serve the students and families of the Mary Williams ES community!  Don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of any assistance.