Introducing Amidon-Bowen's New Principal

TaMikka Sykes Will Take Over for Izabela Miller

TaMikka Sykes. (Photo: LinkedIn)

Amidon-Bowen Elementary School’s new principal TaMikka Sykes has teaching in her roots — her mom taught at Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., while Sykes was still in elementary school. After Sykes graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human communication studies from Howard University, she spent the first two years of her teaching career as a second grade teacher at Teach for America in Compton, Calif.

Now with more than a decade of experience in the classroom and a few years spent in administration, Sykes, 41, is excited to join the DC Public Schools (DCPS) team at Amidon-Bowen (401 I St. SW) in her second principal position.

“I really love working in the DC area; it’s so rich in culture, very diverse,” Sykes said. “I was attracted to DCPS because I felt that the system is a good match with my own values as an educator.”

DCPS schools work collaboratively and help develop not only the students, but the teachers as well, she said. Building on and adding to other educators’ ideas creates a nurturing environment for student achievement.

She emphasized that she wants to continue the progress already evident at Amidon-Bowen.

Next year, the school will bring in its first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused teacher. The parent teacher association also won a grant of $20,000 from NSC Partners to build a new STEM laboratory. Sykes said she’s looking forward to launching the new ventures.

“A STEM program is really important to the parents,” she said. “It’s exciting to be able to provide high quality education for our kids.”

Sykes was the founding principal of LEARN Charter School’s Campus Seven in Chicago and participated as a 2016 Surge Institute Fellow. She also taught in DC schools for nine years before her stint in Chicago. She has a master’s in school leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Edcuation.

Follow her on Twitter @Sykes_tamikka. 

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