Staff

STAFF

Our staff are highly-qualified professionals who are dedicated to promoting student success. Our staff come from a range of professional backgrounds in the public and private sectors.

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Vanessa Anderson – Principal and Faculty in American Social Sciences; BA, Yale University; PhD, Columbia University.      Read BioDr. Vanessa Anderson (Principal) has had a lifelong passion for learning and the academic and personal development of young people. She spent her college years as a tutor and mentor to middle and high school students and after earning her master’s degree, became a high school French teacher. After earning her doctorate, she began a career in education research and has worked at the City University of New York, the Bard Early College network, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, where she was a project officer on the What Works Clearinghouse and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). She has also taught at Columbia University, City College and Lehman College. Her areas of research include the psycho-social and academic predictors of college choice for students of color and closing racial, gender and income related achievement gaps.

Latisha Chisholm – Dean of Students/ Assistant Principal; BA, Stanford University; MSW, University of California — Berkley.      Read BioLatisha began her career with DCPS in 2011 as a New Heights Coordinator at Ballou STAY High School, where she provided case management services to expectant and parenting students. From there, she transitioned to Ballou High School as an English and special education teacher and also served as the English department chair. In 2015, Latisha moved to Anacostia High School where she was a teacher, special education coordinator, and then Connected Schools (full-service community school) manager. In 2016, she participated in the last cohort of the CityBridge Education Innovation Fellows, where she and a fellow teacher redesigned special education teacher support and the teaching pedagogy implemented in the self-contained special education program at Anacostia. She has played an integral role in systems development and implementation of health and wellness services for students, academic interventions, partnership management, and family and community engagement. Latisha earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and health and development with honors in education from Stanford University. She earned a Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) with a concentration in children and families from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a student in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s doctoral program in educational leadership.

Brian Gloor – Dean of Studies/ Assistant Principal and Faculty in Chemistry; BS, Texas State University — San Marcos; MS, PhD, University of Notre Dame.      Read BioDr. Brian Gloor has been involved in the education for 14 years. Dr. Gloor has taught at the high school, college, and university level. He is currently the Director of Academic Programs at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM). While in this role, he still actively teaches his students in the Chemistry Classroom, where he is most excited about his unit of Coffee Chemistry. Dr. Gloor has been involved in and chaired many committees throughout his career and has played an integral part in the daily operation of GSSM. He is a current member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM schools, the American Chemical Society, the Division of Chemical Education, the Association of Chemistry Teachers, and a Wakonse Fellow. He has received both service and teaching awards throughout his career in academics.

Liana Conyers – Faculty in Performing Arts; Associate Dean of Studies, BHSEC DC. BA, Bennington College; MFA, University of Oregon.      Read BioLiana Conyers is an artist and educator in the mid-Atlantic region. Most notably she was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching for the 2020-2021 academic year and will conduct scholarly research in Singapore. Before joining Bard DC as the Associate Dean of Studies, Liana served as a faculty member at BHSEC Newark for five years, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year, and a Bard Early College Faculty Fellowship. Conyers has received several residencies for her creative work at notable venues including New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, and The Kitchen. In addition, she has performed with several choreographers and her work has been presented at Emory University, Spelman College, U of O, the ACDF NW Conference, Big Range Festival, Philadiction Movement, and Movement Research at the Judson Church.


STAFF

Malcolm Battle – Athletics and Activities Director;    Read BioLifelong DC. Love my city and love being from East of the River. Proud father of 2 lovely young ladies. Worked in education And youth services last 23yrs Mostly in ward 7 and 8.

Zyer Beaty – School Counselor; BA, Spelman College; MA, PhD, University of Georgia.      Read BioZyer Beaty is an Atlanta native, by way of several countries, because of her upbringing in a military family. Zyer Beaty’s energy and passion for international travel, education and mental health, led her to pursue a terminal degree in counselor education and has influenced her experiences and current research with Black women and girls. Zyer Beaty’s research interests include international travel among Black women, college experiences, and mental health in Black communities. Zyer Beaty worked as a high school counselor for three years in Atlanta, before moving to DC to work at Bard High School Early College DC.  

David Bardach – Social Worker; BS, James Madison University; MSW, Howard University.      Read BioI’m a native Washingtonian and I love my city, though I must admit with gentrification, much isn’t recognizable these days. I am an avid golfer and on most 80 plus degree days, you will find me on someone’s golf course in the area. I have worked in education and social work in particular for many years and still have the passion and desire to help our students navigate through difficult situations. I remain humble that youth still intrust me to help them when they’re struggling, it is an absolute honor to do what I do in service to young people and one I don’t take lightly.  

Chenine Dyson – Social Worker;     Read Bio  

LaVerne Green – Administrative Aide;      Read Bio  

Patrick Harhai – Assistant Director of Student Supports; BA, Portland State University; MA, Brandeis University.

Tonya Hawkins – Administrative Aide;   Read Bio  

Chandrai Jackson-Saunders – School Psychologist; BS, University of Pittsburgh; MEd, Howard University.     Read BioAwarded the 2020 National School Psychologist of the Year by National Association of School Psychologists, CJS is a 34 year practitioner in the area of School Psychology working in DC Public Schools. Committed to public service, CJS is the recipient of the NAACP Frontier Award, the Archdiocese of Washington’s Caritas Distinguished Alumnus Award as well as the Dr. Annie Lane Lawrence Fellowship Award in the area of Mental Health Services. A graduate of Howard University and Univ of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, CJS has a penchant for gifted curriculum, social emotional learning and prevention. Born in Georgia, and raised in Washington DC, CJS considers herself privileged to be able to serve the students and families of Washington, DC  

Pamela Mason – Clerk;     Read BioMy name is Pamela Mason, I have retired from the federal government (43 years). I was born in Washington, DC. I am the mother of two wonderful children . I am a veteran of the United States Army reserve.  

DeWhitney Upchurch – College Transfer Officer; BA, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; MEd, University of North Florida.      Read BioDeWhitney is a Tar Heel native who received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of North Florida. DeWhitney’s previous professional experience has seen her in various roles of student development within the K-12 and higher education arenas. In particular, her interests lie in college access, multicultural advising and counseling, and cultural competency in education. When she’s not assisting students in actualizing their dreams, you can find her cheering on (more like yelling at) her UNC Tar Heels and Philadelphia Eagles, reminiscing on some good Eastern NC BBQ, playing Jeopardy from her couch, or on a deep dive of a random Google search. As a recent transplant to to the DMV area, DeWhitney hopes to immerse herself in the local community through intentional relationship-building and being of service to the Bard students and their families.  

Amanda J. Washington – Admissions Coordinator; BA, Spelman College; MS, American University.      Read BioAmanda is a graduate of Spelman College, where she truly fell in love with the field of education. While at Spelman, Amanda participated in Habitat for Humanity and enjoys serving her community. She taught in Fulton County Public Schools for two years before making her way back home to the DC Metro area. Amanda has always shared a love for news and hearing the unique stories so she went back to school to obtain an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. In addition to working at Bard, Amanda is also a freelance journalist that loves reporting on politics, entertainment, and the African- American community. In her spare time you can find her searching for a new place to eat or binge watching a new show on Netflix.