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Our Principal

Kortni Stafford is the principal of McKinley Middle School and McKinley Technology High School. Prior to joining McKinley, Ms. Stafford was the Principal of Kelly Miller Middle School in Washington, DC.  As Principal of Kelly Miller, she has increased parent participation in-home visits and Student-led conferences by 6%. Previously, she was an Assistant Principal at McKinley Technology High School, where she is the instructional leader over the Math, Science, STEM, and World Language departments.  Kortni Stafford has completed the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship, which is an intensive 18-month program to build DCPS leaders into extraordinary principals. As a fellow, she attended executive leadership sessions at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, received personal leadership coaching, was mentored by two high-performing DCPS principals, and completed principal residences at West Education Campus and Columbia Heights Education Campus during the 2013-2014 School year.


Prior to being a Mary Jane Patterson Fellow Kortni Stafford has managed an array of initiatives in her role as an Assistant Principal at Ballou Senior High School. Among her primary responsibilities, she managed the Freshman Success Academy, which has the imperative task of boosting school retention and promotion rates. Ms. Stafford also led Ballou’s academic leadership team in the creation and implementation of a school-wide literacy plan and professional learning community that works together to increase literacy skills for the students of Ballou. In addition to her responsibilities at Ballou, she also served as the District Director for the renowned AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) for Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School. Further, she is a selected participant in the ASCD Emerging Leaders program, which prepares promising leaders on a national level.

Principal Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2024-2025 School Year at McKinley Technology High School!

We are thrilled to begin another year of learning, growing, and discovery with your children. As we

embark on this exciting journey together, we want to extend our warmest greetings to both returning and new families. We are honored to have you as part of our McKinley community. This school year, we have many exciting initiatives and events planned. From engaging classroom activities to enriching extracurricular programs, there will be plenty of opportunities for your child to explore their interests and passions. we encourage you to stay involved In your child's education by participating in school events and maintaining open communication with teachers and staff. As planners in your chosen education. We value your input and feedback. We believe that by working together, we can create an environment that supports une no sic deve cement or each student Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have throughout the year. We look forward to a year filled with growing, learning, and memorable experiences. Inank you for entrusting us with the privilege of educating your child at McKinley Technology High School. Let's make the 2024-2025 school year a truly exceptional one!


Kortni Stafford

Principal, McKinley Technology High School

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