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Leadership Team

Banner welcoming the 2022–23 Francis C. Hammond Leadership Team, with anchor logo
Anika Buster-Singleton
Acting Principal

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.

Email: anika.buster-singleton@acps.k12.va.us

Quanda Fudd
Acting 6th Grade Academic Principal

Quanda Fudd has been appointed as the acting 6th 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.

Tenicka V. Strown
7th Grade Academic Principal

Tenicka Strown 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.

Email: tenicka.strown@acps.k12.va.us

 

Ms. Kanika Dorsey
8th Grade Academic Principal

Ms. Dorsey, a 15 year veteran of public education, has worked in New York State, Virginia, D.C., and Maryland public schools. In addition to teaching English Language Arts (ELA) at the middle school level, she has served as a literacy coach, testing coordinator, and resource teacher.  Ms. Dorsey worked at the Maryland Department of Education as an ELA Specialist where she helped school districts develop formative assessments and written lessons for grades 7 and 8. She also served as the ELA Specialist on the Maryland Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) team. Ms. Dorsey is a graduate of Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, where she earned an undergraduate degree in English. She earned a Master of Secondary Education degree from Bowie State University and is currently working on her Ph.D. at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Email: kanika.dorsey@acps.k12.va.us

Tim Brannon
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. 

Email: timothy.brannon@acps.k12.va.us

Annette M. Lee
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.

Kobe Jackson
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.