6008 Georgia Avenue, NW
Grades: PreK3-8th Grade
Principal: Rachel Tommelleo
Assistant Principal: Micah Westerman
The Brightwood Campus offers a close-knit, nurturing, and academically rigorous school environment.
We develop the whole child by offering a wide array of arts and enrichment classes both during and after school. Our motto is “one band, one sound,” meaning that teamwork is essential and that staff, students, and families must work cooperatively to achieve our goal of marching students toward the doors of college. To ensure this partnership between stakeholders, our staff conducts home visits for all families, engages parents in cultural and enrichment events, and provides parents with the tools to support learning at home.
At Brightwood, we have built a safe, inclusive atmosphere by adopting the philosophy of restorative practices as our approach to culture and discipline. Restorative practices rely on relationships, empathy, responsibility and the empowerment of students to resolve problems and to treat conflicts as teachable moments. This culture allows us to hold our students to the highest of academic expectations, creating a space where excellence is the norm and making mistakes is part of the educational journey.
Inclusion specialists work hand-in-hand with general education teachers to differentiate instruction and provide individualized supports to students. We also offer ESL After the Bell, a program that provides targeted academic support to English Language Learners after school.
Our rich enrichment offerings engage students in learning and foster their social, emotional, and physical development. We offer band, vocal music, a dance company, an annual school musical, and a variety of sports teams. In addition, 4th through 8th – grade students have the opportunity to choose elective classes based on their interests. These opportunities support our belief that students learn best when we are focused on educating the whole child.
Grades: preK3 to 8
Student Programs and Activities
Ms. Tommelleo joined Center City Public Charter Schools in July 2013 as an Assistant Principal of the Brightwood Campus.
In 2010, Ms. Tommelleo moved to the Washington, DC area where she worked as a coach with The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and DC Teaching Fellows (DCTF), supporting first-year teachers throughout the city in both DC Public and Public Charter schools. Additionally, while at DCTF, she trained and managed coaches and instructors who were training and supporting DC Teaching Fellows during both their summer institute and throughout each school-year. Ms. Tommelleo is dedicated to doing what’s best for kids every day, preparing students for college and career readiness, and building futures. Ms. Tommelleo enjoys traveling, dining-out, sports, musicals, and spending time with her family!
She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University, and a master’s degree in elementary education from Mercy College. She began her teaching career in the New York City Public Schools as an elementary school teacher, and after several years, a middle school social studies teacher, both in the Bronx.