Literacy Department (English/ Reading/ ESOL)


Dr. Kellee Jenkins, Content Specialist and English - email

Ms. Evelyne Awundaga, English - email 

I am so excited to be teaching as a Special Educator here at Briggs Chaney Middle School. My experience in teaching spans from middle to high school level and I’ve been teaching for over 13 years. I’m a former parent of BCMS and I’m so proud to be here, giving back to the community that trained and shaped my children. I will be co-teaching 8th and 7th grade English Language Arts this academic year. I look forward to working with your children and to collaborate with you in order to make this academic year a successful one for your child. 

Ms. Sydney Axelrod, English - email

My name is Sydney Axelrod and this is my first year at Briggs Chaney. I am a first-year teacher and I am so excited to start my teaching career with all of you! I grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Richard Montgomery High School. I attended American University and earned my BA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and my MAT in Secondary Education - English. In my free time, I enjoy reading; spending time with my friends, family, and pets; and taking spin classes. 

Mr. David Chrismer, Bridge English - email

My name is David Chrismer and this is my fourth year teaching at Briggs Chaney Middle School. This is also my fourth year in MCPS after spending six years teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools. I am certified in Special Education with additional certifications in Secondary English and History. I have also had experience serving as an IEP Chair and a Transition Monitor. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family & pets, reading, following my Baltimore sports teams, DJ-ing special events for friends, and playing music. 

Mr. Douglas Dell, English - email

Ms. Cindy Fuentes, English - email

Hello, my name is Cindy Fuentes and I am so excited to be teaching here at Briggs Chaney as a Special Education Teacher. I'm a graduate from the University of Maryland where I studied Family Science and Special Education. Go Terps! I have worked with kids in different capacities and for MCPS for the past 13 years. My passion has always been working with kids and their families. I have been married for 8 years and we have a beautiful 3 year old daughter named Dylan who is the light of our lives. I have a little boy on the way and I’m very excited to meet him. It is truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to teach the wonderful students of Briggs Chaney this year!

Ms. Darcy Iordan, ESOL and English  - email

Hi I am Mrs. Iordan. I started teaching in Prince George's County and have been in Montgomery County for 8 years. I am excited to be at Briggs Chaney Middle School and am looking forward to a wonderful school year! My hobbies include spending time with my family, hiking and reading.

Dr. Jenise Leach, Academic Lit  - email

I am Dr. Jenise B. Leach,  an instructor in the Literacy department at Briggs Chaney Middle School. I have been in the field of education for 31 years. Within those 31 years, I have been an English teacher, reading teacher, adjunct college professor, and literacy coach and served as president of a local education association. I am the author of the children's book Saying Goodbye to Daddy and founder of the KIDS club (Kids Interrupting Disruptions). I believe that within our diverse learning community, all students should be provided the best possible learning experience through a caring, secure, and stimulating environment in order to grow academically, emotionally, and socially.

Ms. Jennifer Lefflbine-White, Read 180 - email

Ms. Gursimaran (Simran) Mattu, English - email

Greetings. My name is Simran Mattu. This is my 11th year at BCMS. I enjoy teaching English, and I have a passion for Math (even though I do not teach it anymore). I live in Columbia with my husband and my four year old daughter, Arzoee. I spend most of my time outside of school with my family. I enjoy dancing, eating, and trying to be funny. I hope to have a great school year!

Ms. Latrice Rogers, English - email

Ms. Angela Williams, English - email