Oriel Robinson-Taylor | Principal
This passionate educator and former Teacher of the Year has led an extensive career in education. Her professional experiences range from grades Pre K-12; serving formerly as a high school Language Arts teacher, AVID Site-Coordinator, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal after earning her Master’s degree in Administration and Leadership from Cambridge College.
Her experience began in Alternative Education over 19 years ago and has led her to a host of rewarding opportunities while working and advocating for children. Taylor has supervised a variety of school-based and division initiatives and departments, including Testing and Remediation, work with the Career Academy Team, English/Language Arts instruction, Reading and literacy, S.T.E.M education, and ESL student support and intervention. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at Old Dominion University.
Her favorite quote is by Rita Pierson,
"Every child deserves a CHAMPION: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be."
She strives daily, to be that Champion!
Dr. Kourtney Miller Principal
Dr. Kourtney Miller is a native of Columbia, SC and has been in the District of Columbia for the past twelve years. She attended the extraordinary South Carolina State University located in Orangeburg, SC. While at SCSU, she was involved in a number of activities which included playing on the Lady Bulldogs Tennis Team, holding various offices in the Student Government, joining the Devastating Divas of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and being crowned the sixty-fifth Miss South Carolina State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from SCSU in 2004 with a B.S. in Mathematics. She relocated to the DC area to attend Howard University and taught undergraduate mathematics courses after earning her Masters of Science in Mathematics in 2007. One year later, she founded her own company Fulton Tutorial Services, LLC where she worked full-time serving over 100 clients while working at schools in Prince George’s County and charter schools in the district until August 2011. She then transitioned to teaching full-time on the high school level at Cesar Chavez where she served as the senior class advisor, pageant coordinator, instructional coach and assistant principal.
She has since earned her doctorate and settled in Maryland with her loving husband and her two sons. They are members of the Silver Spring Church of Christ where they teach bible study and serve. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and friends, playing sports and games, traveling, and teaching at all levels. She knows that God has truly blessed her with a great family, church home, good health, and career that she loves. She understands that “To whom much is given, much is required.”
In 2016, she transitioned to Chavez Prep Middle School as their principal for the 2016-2017 school year. Her vision is that she will be the inspirational leader among leaders who exhibits the highest level of excellence; creates systems, conditions, and a culture that encourages scholastic achievement; and defines and monitors the work that must be done, while building the capacity of those who engage in this work.
Parkside High School
As the new high school leader, William Massey brings with him years of urban high school experience and strong instructional leadership to our Tier 1 School. He has a passion for eliminating the achievement gap and building the next leaders of our future. Parkside High School, with its dedicated staff and supportive parents, will be the beneficiaries of his experience as a “turnaround” leader.
Not only did he successfully guide the school through shifts in curriculum and instruction, Mr. Massey also developed and implemented an effective New Teachers Academy at H. Grady Spruce High School in Dallas, Texas. With a proven record of improving student and teacher performance, he comes with the highest recommendations from administration, teachers, parents and students.
Parkside Middle School
Erin Fisher | Principal
Erin Fisher will lead Parkside Middle School. Ms. Fisher comes to us from Memphis, Tennessee, after completing her Ryan Fellowship, where she led major program initiatives and enhanced learning opportunities for students.
She is known for creating joyful and innovative learning environments for the school communities she has served. Data driven decision-making is at the core of her leadership and she has turned around low performing and failing programs. She has served as a highly regarded coach and instructional leader here in The District and in Prince George’s County Public Schools.