Meet Principal Namba

Meet Principal Elizabeth Namba

Principal NambaWelcome to Hyde-Addison Elementary School!  Thank you for visiting our web site.  We are a diverse, inclusive community dedicated to educating curious, lifelong learners.  Our teachers, staff, and families are all deeply invested in ensuring every child grows academically, emotionally, and socially at or beyond grade level.
I believe I have one of the best jobs in DC as principal of a vibrant and thriving DCPS elementary school.  We are located in a quiet neighborhood in a dynamic city, buzzing with out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities.  And more importantly, our staff, students, and families genuinely care for and support one another to be their best selves, both in the classroom and beyond. 
We are fortunate in so many ways.  We find joy and laughter together each day and we push one another to grow. We set the bar high for our children and help them to develop as students, individuals, and members of the school community. We also set high expectations for our teachers and support their professional growth.  I couldn’t be prouder of this community.
By believing in our children, our teachers, and our staff, we know that we can accomplish great things.  This was evidenced in the vision, mission, and core values that our community recently developed together.   I invite you to read more about this here, and I share our core values below because they speak volumes about the principles and integrity of Hyde-Addison:

  • Kindness
  • Integrity
  • Curiosity
  • Diversity
  • Perseverance

We’re so pleased you are joining us on this web site.  Please use it as a resource for connecting with our community and learning what we all can do—together—to help our children flourish.
Warm regards,
Elizabeth Namba, M.S.Ed.
Principal, Hyde-Addison Elementary School    


Principal Namba's Bio

Principal Elizabeth Namba brings to Hyde-Addison extensive experience as a both a teacher and administrator, here in Washington, DC and abroad.

With a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and a career in education spanning two decades, she provides a style of leadership grounded in the latest scholarship, best practices, and real-world know-how.

Prior to becoming principal of Hyde-Addison, she worked in the Alexandria (Va.) Public School System, where she rose through the ranks to the position of Assistant Principal.  Principal Namba began her career locally as an Americorps volunteer, teaching Environmental Science at Scott Montgomery Elementary School in Washington.  Her classroom experience also includes teaching posts in Boston, Mass.; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and New Delhi, India.

She has won numerous educational awards including recognition as a Skillful Teacher In-District Trainer; AIAA Outstanding Educator of the Year Award; Winning Teacher for the Supreme Court’s Special People, Special City Essay Contest; Alaska Airlines Classroom Connection Winning Teacher/Class; and National Science Foundation Teacher Leader.

Connect with Principal Namba

Principal Namba knows that our community is strongest when we work together.  She values transparency and partnership amongst herself, teachers, staff, and parents.  Please join her at the next monthly “Principal’s Chat,” where you can ask questions and discuss the challenges, triumphs and future of the school:

'We are a diverse, inclusive community dedicated to educating curious, lifelong learners.'

Principal Elizabeth Namba