Get to Know Our 2nd Grade Teachers

Sheena Styles is a second grade teacher and certified urban gardener. She is a D.C. native and currently lives in Brookland where she has high hopes that her vegetable garden will yield a crop. She is a graduate of Messiah College (go Falcons!) where she originally majored in Theater. She even auditioned for Teen Summit, a talk show for youth that aired on BET. Sheena keeps her performance skills ready in hopes that one day she’ll join a Spice Girls (or Backstreet Boy) reunion tour as a backup singer and dancer. When she is not practicing her dance moves or wow-ing    audiences at karaoke, Sheena is on a quest to find for the best ramen and pho in the DMV (suggestions are welcome).

Chloe Houston is a second grade teacher. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but lived in NYC before moving to the waterfront neighborhood of D.C. with her fiancé and Penelope & Persephone (two of the most amazing felines you’ll ever meet). She is a graduate of Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. Prior to teaching, Chloe was part of avant-garde theater company called Dzieci. In her spare time Chloe enjoys traveling, hiking, and eating vegetables. She’s been a vegetarian her whole life. This summer Chloe and her fiancé explored Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Parks.

Steven King is a second grade teacher, an HSA Teacher Representative, and the Drama Club Coordinator. Steven is from Michigan where he grew up with his seven sisters and three brothers. This summer he drove over 3,000 miles to explore the U.S. and visit family. He currently lives in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of D.C. – you can often see him going for a run along Connecticut Avenue. Our resident car mechanic, Steven once worked at a GM factory building Buicks, Oldsmobiles, and Cadillacs. He is a music aficionado, which is evident during drama club performances.

Nancy Nickel is second grade teacher. She is originally from the rust belt in Warren, Ohio but has lived in the Lafayette neighborhood as long as she’s been teaching at our school – nearly 20 years. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and the Washington Montessori Institute. Prior to working at Lafayette, Nancy ran her own Montessori School for 18 years. This summer she paddled down the Missouri River and explored Glacier National Park. Adventures on the Lewis and Clark Trail, however, ended when Nancy slipped on a patch of grass and broke her ankle. When she’s not teaching, Nancy enjoys gardening, travel, cooking and eating. Nancy is planning to retire in June of 2019 at the conclusion of her 42nd year of teaching.

Candie Copeland is a second grade teacher. She is originally from Maryland and currently lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her family. Candie is a proud graduate of Howard University. She wanted to pursue a career as a nurse; however, her stomach had other plans – eating! Candie is currently making her way through the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. This summer she took her oldest child to college then basked on the beaches (and ate in the Michelin starred restaurants) of México. Candie also enjoys attending concerts; has seen Prince up close and personal multiple times (front row seats!!).