Janeece C. Docal found her passion for education while serving at a Freedom School in Milford, Ohio and abroad in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and then while co-organizing the Common Futures Forum for the non-profit International Development Conference in Washington, DC. She then worked as an Assistant Principal, the Math, Science, Business Academy Coordinator and English Department Chair at the Columbia Heights Education Campus–Bell Multicultural Senior High School in northwest Washington, DC, where she had been an educator for nine years. She has enjoyed being a Fulbright-Hays scholar to New Zealand (studying curricular frameworks and reform efforts) as well as being the Washington Post Cultural Ambassador and Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar to Japan. She completed her Ed.S. (2007) at The George Washington University in Educational Leadership and Administration and has been an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education. She graduated with her Masters of Education (2000) from The George Washington University and undergraduate Honors-BA (1998) from Xavier University, OH. She also graduated from Georgetown University’s Executive Masters in Leadership, McDonough School of Business (December 2013) and is completing her Doctoral Thesis with the University of Vigo, Spain. She is a New Leader for New Schools (cohort 2008) and became the proud principal of powerful Powell Bilingual Elementary School in July 2009. They are pleased to announce that they are an International Spanish Academy, the recent winners of the Fight for Children Quality Schools Initiative Rising Star Award 2012 and second place bilingual school of the year for the Embassy of Spain’s Colegio del Año 2013 award. During her time with DCPS, Ms. Docal was awarded the First Class Teaching Award for excellence in education and the Monarch Award for commitment to academics and service learning. She is a 2013 Rubenstein Award winner for excellence in leadership.