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was born and raised in Washington DC and currently lives in Olney, Maryland. He studied Political Science and Non-Profit Management at Hood College and previously worked at a nonprofit school in Takoma Park, doing events, fundraising and coaching volleyball. Favorite pastimes include playing pick up volleyball with friends and trying out different restaurants in the DMV area.
grew up in Aspen Hill, MD, a hotbed of espionage activity
during the height of the Cold War. He graduated from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford with a degree in Percussion Performance. Jason writes, "I wear a lot of professional hats. I'm the drummer / percussionist for five working bands, run a music ensemble for adults with developmental disabilities, accompany dance classes, teach private and group lessons, and substitute teach. I like spending my free time with my wife and twin 12-year-old daughters, surfing, hiking, reading, playing more music, cooking, traveling, eating, and riding my unicycle."Jordan S.
grew up in Plano, TX, before attending the College of William & Mary, where he studied Spanish and International Relations, before moving to DC. Jordan writes, "I love all things outdoors, like hiking, kayaking, and road tripping to various National Park sites. I'm also a music lover (especially jazz and classical music) and play trombone every chance I get. The picture you see is me rowing at El Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid [while] studying abroad."Kamilah S.
grew up in cities all over the country such as Detroit, Atlanta, and Las Vegas to name a few. She received a BA in Justice Studies and a BA in African & African American Diaspora Studies from Arizona State University, followed by an MEd in Education Policy & Leadership from American University. Before coming to Burke, Kamilah worked at a nonprofit school for students ages 4-21 with neurodiverse needs in Rockville, MD, teaching courses on cultural engagement, cooking, and social-emotional learning. She writes, "in my free time, I enjoy going to jazz/blues concerts, dancing to Reggae & Soca, reading, writing poetry, kayaking, indoor rock-climbing, taking cooking classes, and eating at different restaurants around the DMV. Everyone at Burke has been very welcoming and I am beyond excited to be here!"Katelyn C.:
grew up in Youngstown, OH. She lives in DC with her partner, 3 children, and a hamster named Cocoa. Katelyn went to Johns Hopkins University for nursing school and previously worked in a pediatric ICU and at a school for medically fragile children. Katelyn writes "In my spare time, I like taking dance classes, hiking, biking, and running, and I am also a photographer."Teisha M.
grew up in Germany, Alexandria, VA, and Fort Washington, MD. She studied Music History & Theory as a violinist at Spelman College. Prior to coming to Burke, she taught in Prince George’s County Public schools for 17 years. In her free time, Teisha loves to create music, travel, and spend time with her family.Taylor "CT" H.
was born in Georgetown and raised throughout Maryland. She graduated from Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, MD, and Loyola University New Orleans with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Forensic Science. Prior to Burke, CT worked for the government and for SOUL Programs, a DC-based nonprofit that serves low income athletes. CT writes, "One thing that I love to do is ride bikes. My goal this year is to create a bike riding club with faculty, staff, and students where we'd ride through the city with lights decorating our bikes!"