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Questions? Contact Ms. Nettie Christian, Special Education Department Chair(nchristian@bcps.org) or Ms. Louise Coakley, IEP Team Chair (lcoakley@bcps.org)

 Candace Brown
Candace Brown: Communication & Learning Support (CLS)

cbrown12@bcps.org 
Greetings Titan family! I am a former student turned teacher. In 2016, I began working at NTHS and I am currently in my second-year of teaching. I graduated from the illustrious North Carolina A&T State University, followed by a master's degree in Special Education. I have a huge passion for education and children and I look forward to my continued career in education.

Nettie Christian
Nettie Christian, Special Education Department Chair
nchristian@bcps.org 
 Louise Coakley Louise Coakley, IEP Department Chair
lcoakley@bcps.org
 Gerrod Dixon Gerrod Dixon
gdixon3@bcps.org
 Taylor Dorr Taylor Dorr
tdorr@bcps.org 
 Todd Dunn Todd Dunn
tdunn3@bcps.org 
 Michellaine Fields
Michellaine Fields: English 11

mfields@bcps.org
I just realized I have been a special educator for over 30 years. I enjoy the challenge. My family is from South Carolina, but I was born and raised right here in Baltimore. Prior becoming an educator, I was in the entertainment industry working as a vocalist. That was interesting. I love to travel out of the US, but I hate flying because I always manage to get on flights that have a lot of turbulence. The pandemic has put a stop to my travels. My less costly hobbies include reading and doing needle crafts. I still try to spend as much time as possible with my family. They are my first true love.

 Mary Grant Mary Grant
mgrant2@bcps.org
Karen Hunt-Reynolds
Karen Hunt-Reynolds: Life Skills

kreynolds2@bcps.org
Hi, I am Mrs. Hunt-Reynolds! I teach Life Skills in the Communications Learning Support (CLS) Program. I also, work with my students with reading, math, and vocational job skills training. I’m a native New Yorker but have lived in Maryland for 30 years. I attended the University of Delaware and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I also attended Coppin University where I received my training to become a certified Special Educator. In addition to working with my awesome students in the CLS program I’m also the coach for the Allied Sports Program (soccer, bowling, and softball), I’m a mentor with the Sisters of Synergy Female Mentoring Group, and a class advisor for the magnificent, dope class of 2023. My passion is working with students to cultivate their gifts and talents so that they will reach their full promise.

 Latoya Jackson Latoya Jackson
ljackson9@bcps.org
 Ethan Nikiel Ethan Nikiel
enikiel@bcps.org
 Nicole Powell Nicole Powell
npowell@bcps.org 
 Kimisha Robinson Kimisha Robinson
krobinson14@bcps.org
 Rebecca Sanna
Rebecca Sanna: Science/Special Education
rharris10@bcps.org 
I was originally born in Scotland, and a few years later my parents and I moved to the States. I grew up in Maryland, specifically Montgomery County. I went to Montgomery College and was a part of the Montgomery Scholars Program. After earning an associate degree, I then transferred to Towson University to earn a bachelor’s degree in teaching science in a special education setting. Besides getting a degree, I met my husband at Towson and we married this past summer in August 2020.

After graduating from Towson, I began working at New Town. I have been working here for 3 years and I have been enjoying connecting and developing relationships with students as they learn about the incredible world of science. My goal as a teacher is to empower students with their abilities and knowledge as they grow into the adults they are meant to be.

 LaKeisha Smith
Lakeisha Smith: Special Education Science

lsmith27@bcps.org 
Born LaKeisha LaShawn Galloway in March of 1979 in Trenton, New Jersey at Mercer Memorial Hospital to a Pastor and Educator, I am the second oldest on my mother’s side, and baby girl out of 7 on my father’s.

I am an honor graduate of Pendleton High School, Bachelors from the University of Phoenix with a majoring in psychology. I took up Education as a career after discovering my oldest faced disabilities. I have now been in education for over 23 years. I have always had a passion and heart for children. I have also completed my master’s program in special education from Grand Canyon University. I currently live in Maryland with my 3 beautiful children, Destiny, Majesty, and Liberty. I lost my first-born son, Legacy in 2014 to a drunk driving accident. All my children have some type of disability with gives me the drive to pay it forward to all children.

Academically, I am interested in reading and writing, specifically news, current events, and science. I also love writing music. I believe in the power of a village to help induce change personally and globally. Just like one took time for me, I too want to take time for others.

I dedicate myself in providing help to students of all walks of life and backgrounds. I provide efficient lessons and exercises that help students develop.

It is my vision for all people to once again appreciate the art of education and following their DREAMS. Determination, Respect, Education, Attitude, Mendability, and Success. With the rapid development of technology, young people are losing skills, and I want to help assist in getting them back.

I look forward to my next endeavor in education.

 Kathy Vall
Kathy Vall: Special Education English

mvall@bcps.org 
I am a mother of four children, three boys and one girl. My two oldest boys are United State Marines, my third son is very successful in Sales, and my daughter is completing her Senior year at Towson University. In my sixteen years of teaching experience, I have taught English, Reading, Alternative Education, and Special Education. One of my most memorable and exceptional experiences of a lifetime, was during the year between 2018-2019 when I taught English to the Afghanistan Air Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. Teaching abroad, in a war zone, opened opportunities for me that I'd never thought I'd experience in my life. I am forever grateful for this experience, for I will never forget the trials, tribulations, and complete success that I had undergone while living in Afghanistan. It afforded me the chance to work with and befriend people from all over the world who shared in this experience with me. I am a better mother, teacher, and person because of this incredible adventure. Furthermore, that opportunity opened other doors for me to travel to other countries which include: Kuwait, Dubai, Istanbul, Prague, Germany, France, and Canada. I have two passions in life that go hand and hand together. One is being a mother, and the other is being a teacher.