Staff and Administration

The greatest strength of CMI is the teachers and staff that really love their job and support the school’s mission. That should never change.

Our leaders and teachers are passionate, child-centered individuals dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic success of our students. They believe in the importance of creativity in the teaching and learning process and respect students’ individual differences.

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Program Directors

Nayamka Long
Director of Elementary School & Interim Director of Teaching and Learning

Nayamka holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Kinesiology from The College of William and Mary.  She has been teaching students from Pre-Kindergarten through elementary level for the past 12 years in a variety of educational settings, including public, private, and charter schools.

Nayamka has extensive experience in general and special education curriculum and program implementation. She is an expert in designing instruction to meet a wide range of student abilities, maximizing students’ learning potential by addressing individual learning challenges and supporting exceptional talents. She is able to differentiate instruction to help a class of diverse learners reach standards based curriculum objectives. She has received training as an IPC Coordinator and has been supporting the CMI leadership team as an Instructional Coach.

Maura Hoyson
Lower School Special Education Coordinator

Maura is an experienced educator who has served students with differing abilities for the past eight years. She holds an MEd in special education and a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from George Mason University, and a BA in special education from the University of Kentucky. She has primarily worked in a specialized nonpublic setting, with additional experience providing home-based therapy to families and teaching English as a foreign language in Spain.

Maura is passionate about designing instructional programs that maximize student engagement, empowering her fellow educators, and forming collaborative relationships with families. She has worked as an educator, instructional coach, behavior coach, and program coordinator.

Kelly (Birdie) Vergamini
Middle School Special Education Coordinator

Kelly (Birdie) holds an MS in special education teaching from Capella University and a bachelor’s in French/Yiddish from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been teaching students from kindergarten through high school for the past ten years in a variety of settings in the DC Public Schools system. She has worked with low- and high-incidence disabilities as a self-contained classroom teacher, resource teacher, reading specialist, and LEA representative. She has also been a 504 coordinator and RTI coordinator.

Birdie has extensive experience in special education program design and implementation. She differentiates instruction to meet the needs of all learners, maintains compliance for all special education cases, works with all stakeholders to ensure students meet their potential, and works with teachers and staff to build the capacity to support diverse learners.

Before teaching, Birdie served in the US Army for fifteen years as a French and Arabic linguist. She has lived throughout the United States and the Middle East. In her spare time she enjoys running, teaching yoga and meditation, and working in the garden.

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