Anika Buster-Singleton was named the acting principal at Francis C. Hammond Middle School (FCH) during the 2022-23 academic year. Mrs. Buster-Singleton previously served as an academic principal at FCH. She joined the leadership team as a dean of students during the 2018-2019 academic school year. Prior to entering school administration, Mrs. Buster-Singleton served as an instructional coach, language arts teacher, department chair, and team leader at George Washington Middle School (GW).
Mrs. Buster-Singleton is a proud graduate of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), having attended Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, FCH and T. C. Williams High School now Alexandria City High School.
Mrs. Buster-Singleton earned a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in English and history and a Master of Science in education from Old Dominion University. She has also earned a Master of Science in educational leadership from George Mason University.
Mrs. Buster-Singleton was a GW Teacher of the Year nominee for The Washington Post Outstanding Teacher Award in 2016, highlighted as a Portrait of Success for The Scholarship of Alexandria in 2007, and received the Alexandria Education Partnership: Excellence in Education award during the 2005-2006 academic year. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
6th Grade Academic Principal
Dr. Miyoshi Byrd has been appointed as the Academic Principal to Francis C. Hammond Middle School. She joined Alexandria City Public Schools as a previous school administrator. Dr. Byrd brings a wealth of experience to her role. She has led and served as teacher and teacher leader having been honored as Teacher of the Year and County Teacher of the Year nominee during her teaching tenure. As her career advanced, she led as a middle and high school administrator as well as an acting principal. In addition, she worked on many district projects that included tasks with secondary schools to obtain full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education.
In her dedication to education, Dr. Byrd sought to gain collegiate experience by preparing future educators for the profession as an adjunct professor as well as a student teacher supervisor with Marymount University prior to joining Prince William County Schools. She provided middle level instruction as well as held several supervisory roles as an administrative intern, collaborative learning team lead, grade level content lead, formal lead mentor, and membered various teams. Dr. Byrd also served as an adult basic education and community based instructor for PWCS. In addition, she led as summer school assistant principal at Rippon Middle School and summer school principal at The Nokesville School K-8.
Her formal preparation began with Virginia State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She continued her education with Old Dominion University by obtaining a Master of Science in Elementary/Middle Education and returned for an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership. Overall, she aspired to earn a Doctorate of Education in K-12 Education Leadership with Jones International University which culminated her formal preparation. In sum, she holds professional educator certifications in Middle Grades 6-8 and K-12 Administration and Supervision.
Dr. Byrd brings an abundance of energy, excitement and expertise to Francis C. Hammond Middle School. She believes in the advancement of students and staff given the appropriate opportunities, resources and support to attain and sustain success. Her belief is that all students can learn where they are chosen, challenged and championed….every student, every day. In her spare time, Dr. Byrd enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends. She is humbled and honored to serve the students, parents, staff and community of The Admirals. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
7th Grade Academic Principal
Quanda Fudd is the 7th Grade Academic Principal at Francis C. Hammond Middle School (FCH) in the 2022-23 academic year. Ms. Fudd previously served as instructional coach at FCH. She began her tenure in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in 2012. She joined the school division as a seventh grade language arts teacher at FCH and then became the instructional coach from 2020-2022.
Ms. Fudd earned a bachelor’s degree in English language arts from Virginia Union University, a master’s in educational leadership/administration and supervision from Virginia State University and a second masters in special education from Grand Canyon University. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
8th Grade Academic Principal
Tenicka Strown Frye is the academic principal of Francis C. Hammond Middle School. In Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), Ms. Strown has also served as dean of students, MTSS liaison, student resource coordinator and instructional coach.
Serving as an educator for more than 20 years, Ms. Strown began her career as a teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools where she taught math and science. She also served in leadership roles such as team leader, science department chair, summer school principal, and academic dean/assistant principal and principal, while serving in DC Public Schools and in Maryland.
Ms. Strown earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Mississippi Valley State University. She also earned a Master of Arts in secondary education from Johns Hopkins University and Master of Arts in education administration from Trinity Washington University.
International Academy Academic Principal
Mr. Brannon was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He has 10 years of experience in education, all of those years in Alexandria at Hammond Middle School. He taught social studies for 7 years at Hammond, while adding National Board, NETS*T, and ELL certification. Since 2014, he has worked as an administrator to plan and run the International Academy. His passion lies in ensuring that all students receive an equitable education and that Hammond becomes a world-class middle school.
Dean of Students
Annette Lee has been named the dean of students at Francis C. Hammond Middle School during the 2022-23 academic year. She previously served as an administrative designee at Chance For Change Academy (CFC) from May 2021-August 2021 and has been a professional school counselor at CFC since 2019. She previously held the same position as counselor at both the former T.C. Williams High School main and Minnie Howard campuses. She joined Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in 1996 as a professional school counselor at George Washington Middle School. Prior to her tenure with ACPS, Ms. Lee taught seventh-grade social studies from 1993-1996.
Ms. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She holds a Master of Science in school counseling from Brooklyn College. She also completed the George Mason University, Prince William County Cohort Educational Leadership program.
Ms. Lee has served as building liaison for PBIS, Restorative Practices, and MTSS. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Dean of Students
Kobe Jackson has been named the dean of students at Francis C. Hammond Middle School during the 2022-23 academic year. Mr. Jackson joined Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) as a trades and industry instructor at the former T.C. Williams High School now Alexandria City High School (ACHS) in 2012.
Mr. Jackson has served as a lead teacher, department chair, and positive behavior intervention support lead. He also served on the ACPS 2025 Strategic planning committee. As a student mentor and after school club sponsor, Mr. Jackson worked to support students outside the classroom.
Mr. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Nyack College. He earned his master’s in organizational leadership from Nyack College and is currently completing his second master’s degree from George Mason University in education leadership.
Mr. Jackson is a member of several educational advisory boards where he is committed to improving positive academic outcomes for all students.