Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is a dynamic center of history and politics.
Picture of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial
Dean Brooke James
Students in class
Students engaged in class

About Relay Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a dynamic city at the heart of the nation. It’s an ideal destination for history buffs, political junkies, activists, and anyone looking to make an impact. Relay Washington, D.C., currently offers the following programs: Relay Teaching Residency and Master of Arts in Teaching.





RESIDENT SALARY RANGE: $30,000 – $40,000 (varies by school partner and role)


Relay Teaching Residency
Master of Arts in Teaching



Special Education
Brooke James

Dean Brooke James

As founding dean of Relay Washington, D.C., Brooke James leads all aspects of teacher preparation for the region. In the six years that Brooke has been with Relay, she served as a founding assistant professor of practice of Relay, NYC, and led the research, design, and review of over 80 graduate-level courses used in Relay’s Master of Arts in Teaching program nationally. James started her teaching career at English High School in Boston, MA, and then excitedly moved back to D.C. to join D.C. Public Schools, teaching social studies for two years at Columbia Heights Educational Campus, where she served as social studies department chair, and two years at Alice Deal Middle School, where she served as a cross-curricular team leader.  In 2007-2008, Brooke was named DCPS Outstanding First Year Teacher and, in 2009, Brooke served in the first group of Teachers Central to Leadership Fellows. James holds a B.A. from The George Washington University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

City Highlights

Get to know Washington, D.C.

City Population: 705,749

City Fun

Washington, D.C. offers everything that you remember from your middle school field trip, and a lot more.

The National Mall is a 2 mile-long greenway spanned by museums and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum are classic favorites, while the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the new Museum of African American History and Culture provide powerful windows into human history. 
For those looking to get away from the main tourist spots, head west to catch a show at the majestic Kennedy Center on the Potomac, and continue on to Georgetown to walk the historic, cobblestone streets and do a little shopping. Pop into a bar during a State of the Union address to experience a town that takes politics as seriously as sports.

Getting Around

D.C. has a highly regarded subway system called Metro, and bus routes that span the city, including the Circulator. A car is usually not needed to get around. Learn more.

Contact Information


Relay Graduate School of Education, Washington, D.C.
1140 3rd Street, NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002