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Meet our Athletic Trainers

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly educated, multi-skilled, allied health care professionals, uniquely qualified to care for and treat physically active individuals and their injuries. ATs specialize in prevention, emergency care/assessment, clinical diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Trainers must meet the qualifications set by the Board of Certification, Inc., and adhere to state licensing boards. Once certified, ATs must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. All Certified Athletic Trainers possess a minimum of a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree and more than 70 percent hold at least a Master’s Degree.


District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has pioneered the use of full-time athletic trainers nearly 28 years ago. DCPS currently employs 14 full-time Certified Athletic Trainers, one for nearly every high school in the district. Nationally, only 42% of high schools have access to an athletic trainer. DCPS Athletic Trainers are a knowledgeable group of professionals that have a minimum of 10 years experience in athletic training, and many have over 25 years experience. DCPS Athletic Trainers provide medical coverage for nearly all high school competitions and many middle school competitions.

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Meet Our Athletic Trainers


Dawn Bracley

Eastern HS

Cap Hill Montessori @ Logan

Eliot-Hine MS

Stuart-Hobson MS


Jovan Means

Banneker HS

Cardozo EC

Raymond ES


Jennifer Rheeling

Woodson HS

Bard Early College DC

Kelly Miller MS

Sousa MS


Kim Summy

Anacostia HS

Kramer MS

Leckie EC

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Marra Brooks

Ron Brown HS

River Terrance

Excel Academy


Terrill Paulsen

Roosevelt HS

Roosevelt STAY

MacFarland MS

Truesdell ES

John Lewis ES


Xavion Santiago

School Without Walls HS

Hardy MS

SWW @ Francis Stevens


Jamila Watson

Jackson-Reed HS

Deal MS


Kaitlyn D'Annibale

Phelps ACE

Browne EC

Wheatley EC


Valentin Porter

Ballou HS

Ballou STAY

Hart MS

Johnson MS


Rachelle Saunders

McKinley Tech HS

Luke C Moore HS

McKinley MS

Brookland MS


Johnfre Mann

Coolidge HS

Ida B Wells MS


Kendra Prigden

Dunbar HS

Jefferson MS

Walker-Jones EC

Johnson MS


Charmil Spooner

Columbia Heights EC

Oyster-Adams EC

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