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Leadership Team

Meet our Principal and Assistant Principals

Michael J. Routhouska

Michael Routhouska has been principal of William Ramsay Elementary School (William Ramsay) since 2015. He had previously served as an assistant principal at Patrick Henry K-8 School and William Ramsay.

Mr. Routhouska also was an administrative intern between Matthew Maury Elementary School (now Naomi L. Brooks Elementary School), George Mason Elementary School, and William Ramsay. He also served as a high school English teacher at the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center from 2000 to June 2009. 

Before joining Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), Mr. Routhouska taught GED classes at the Potomac Job Corps Center in Washington, DC and had been a middle school language teacher in North Carolina. Mr. Routhouska earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in religious studies from Nazareth College of Rochester and a master’s in educational leadership from George Mason University. In 2022, Mr. Routhouska was named ACPS’ Principal of the Year, a finalist for The Washington Post’s Principal of the Year, and awarded The School Bell Award by the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His.


Nefertiti Hunter-Holbeck
Assistant Principal

Nefertiti Hunter-Holbeck has been an assistant principal at William Ramsay Elementary School since 2012. Previously, Mrs. Hunter-Holbeck was a teacher for over 10 years at William Ramsay and for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mrs. Hunter-Holbeck earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Charleston. She received a Master of Education degree from Winthrop University. She also has an academically or intellectually gifted graduate certificate from the University of Virginia, K-12 school administration certificate from Wingate University and National Board Certification- middle childhood generalist, 2004-2014. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.


Mariela Garcia-Maria
Assistant Principal

Mariela Garcia-Maria has been an assistant principal at William Ramsay Elementary School since 2015.  Previously, Mrs. Garcia-Maria was a 5th grade teacher at William Ramsay Elementary School for 3 years.  She also served as  a 2nd and 5th grade teacher in Miami Dade County Public Schools, Florida for 5 years and a 1st-2nd grade teacher in Perth Amboy Public Schools, New Jersey for 3 years. Mrs. Garcia- Maria earned earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early and Middle Childhood Education at Montclair State University and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership at Florida International University. Preferred Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers.