Literacy Department

 Literacy 2018

Ms. Linda (Kim) McCabe - Content Specialist, 7th Grade English - email

I am Kim McCabe (Linda K. McCabe). I am the Literacy Content Specialist and I teach Advanced 7 English and Academic Literacy 8. I grew up in Florida and attended the University of South Florida. I have also attended Gallaudet College and Johns Hopkins University. I am the very proud mom of two sons and the grandmother of an amazing grandson. I have been teaching for 34 years for MCPS- and I still love what I do! When I am not grading papers or attending meetings I like to read, travel, entertain and play trivia. If I am not in school I am likely on a beach somewhere reading! 

Ms. Cecilia Bolton, 6th Grade English - email

Ms. Adrienne Calhoun, 8th Grade English - email

I am  Ms. Calhoun, a veteran teacher of 14 years with combined experience in elementary, middle school, and high school teaching. I earned my Bachelor's in English at Columbia College for women in Columbia, South Carolina. I believe in the potential of every child and strives for excellence not only in her own teaching, but also encourages the same work ethic from my students. While I began working as a Prekindergarten teaching assistant, my journey to full time teaching has been the most rewarding experience I have ever encountered. Teaching middle school has brought me full circle in my journey, and I have my feet firmly planted in the education of this prodigious group of young people. During my summer vacation, I enjoy soaking up the sun at local beaches in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. This rejuvenating experience prepares me for the next school year and the opportunity to have a positive impact on the next group of young people.  

Ms. Melanie Carbine, Academic Literacy - email

Hello, Briggs Chaney Middle School! I am Melanie Carbine and this is my 6th year teaching at BCMS. I have a background in English literature and Math education. I have lived everywhere from Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA and Salt Lake City, UT to Ann Arbor, MI and now the DC Metropolitan area. While I only know a few words in Chinese and my Spanish is only conversational, I do speak Marshallese, which is very useful in the Marshall Islands where I lived for three years. Outside of school, I have been actively promoting bilingual literacy by creating collections of short stories and poems written in Marshallese.  Before teaching, I was very involved in writing and creating art including performance art, photography, and glass fusion. When I'm not teaching, I'm most likely wrapped up in some art project, hiking or watching my cats play on the grass.

Ms. Charmagne Cole, Digital Literacy - email

My name is Charmagne L. Cole and I'm a Reading Specialist. I went to undergraduate school at University of Buffalo and attended graduate school at Howard University. I have been an educator for 20 years and I have been working in Montgomery County for 11 of those years. I'm a native New Yorker and I love traveling, football, rollerskating, reading and the beach. My favorite book is Manchild in the Promise Land. My love for teaching comes from having a family of teachers and knowing that all children can learn!

Ms. Alethea Felton, 8th Grade English - email

Greetings! I am Ms. Felton and I am a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught sixteen years. Besides teaching, I am also an entrepreneur, so I have two businesses related to health, fitness, and wellness. When I am not working and need relaxation, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, bodybuilding, singing, visiting the spa, and going to concerts, various escape rooms, and the movies.

Ms. Hannah Hartman, 6th Grade English - email   

I am Ms. Hartman and this is my seventh year at Briggs Chaney. I currently teach English 6 and Awareness of Language and Culture.  My idea of a perfect day includes snow, plenty of good books, and lots of coffee!  While my favorite books are constantly changing, some of my recent favorites include The War that Saved My Life, When Friendship Followed Me Home, and Mockingbird. I live in Columbia with my two remarkably fluffy cats, Calvin and Hobbes.

Ms. Rochelle Hawes, 6th Grade English and Academic Literacy - email  

Hi! I am Ms. Hawes. This is my 4th year at Briggs Chaney Middle School.  I come from Prince George's County where I have taught both elementary and middle school for 14 years.  I graduated from Morgan State University and Trinity University.  My hobbies include reading, completing crossword puzzles, and spending time with my family.

Dr. Jenise Leach, 7th Grade English and Digital Literacy - email

I am Dr. Jenise B. Leach,  an instructor in the Literacy department at Briggs Chaney Middle School. I have been in the field of education for 31 years. Within those 31 years, I have been an English teacher, reading teacher, adjunct college professor, and literacy coach and served as president of a local education association. I am the author of the children's book Saying Goodbye to Daddy and founder of the KIDS club (Kids Interrupting Disruptions). I believe that within our diverse learning community, all students should be provided the best possible learning experience through a caring, secure, and stimulating environment in order to grow academically, emotionally, and socially.

Ms. Jennifer Lefflbine-White, Digital Literacy and Reading Intervention - email 

Ms. Gursimaran (Simran) Mattu, 6th Grade English - email

Greetings. My name is Simran Mattu. This is my 11th year at BCMS. I enjoy teaching English, and I have a passion for Math (even though I do not teach it anymore). I live in Columbia with my husband and my four year old daughter, Arzoee. I spend most of my time outside of school with my family. I enjoy dancing, eating, and trying to be funny. I hope to have a great school year! 

Ms. Diona (D.D.) Paige, 8th Grade English, STEM, and Academic Literacy - email 

Mr. Sean Palmer, 7th Grade English - email

I am Mr. Palmer and I teach Advanced English to grade seven students. I enjoy writing short stories and poems, and riding my motorcycle.

Ms. Camille Vendemia, 6th Grade English and Digital Literacy - email 

I am Camille Vendemia. I attended the University of Maryland for five years, four to receive my bachelor's in English and one to receive my master's in Secondary Education. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in first grade, and I chose to teach English because I always loved reading. I still really enjoy reading the young adult novels that I read in middle and high school.


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