Our Team

DC Prep attracts the best and brightest. Our team is passionate, analytical, energetic, and uncompromising – united in the fervent belief that learning has no limits. As a public Charter Management Organization, DC Prep is a supportive, innovative, and collaborative community that has the flexibility to adapt to the needs and priorities of its staff. Student learning is the primary focus of DC Prep, and all aspects of the organization exist to enable that outcome.

Campus Teams

Every day, DC Prep's elite group of hardworking school leaders and teachers are making a difference in their students' lives. They are the heart and soul of our organization. Get to know our principals and their awesome teams!

Shaunte Edmonds | Principal | Edgewood Elementary Campus Team

Cassie Pergament | Principal | Edgewood Middle Campus Team

Raymond Weeden | Principal | Benning Elementary Campus Team

Sally Houston | Resident Principal | Benning Middle Campus Team

Maria-Teresa Duvall | Founding Resident Principal | Anacostia Elementary Campus Team

Home Office

DC Prep’s Home Office team establishes, supports, and ultimately oversees each campus as well as the health and stability of the organization – all while striving to support terrific teaching and learning in every classroom.


  • Emily Lawson | Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • Beth Berwick | Chief of Staff
  • Clarice Ulu | Special Assistant to the CEO

Finance and Real Estate

  • Wendy Scott | Chief Financial Officer
  • Ryan Aurori | Director of Finance and Real Estate

Academic Support

  • Katie Severn | Chief Academic Officer
  • Nicole Bryan | Managing Director for Early Childhood
  • Monique Cooke | School Psychologist
  • Maya Ekus | Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Deborah Hanmer | Director of Student Support Services
  • MaryKate Hughes | Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Tara O’Flaherty | Leadership Support Specialist
  • Danielle Palmer | School Psychologist
  • Rebecca Yerman | Director of Special Education

Talent, Human Resources, and Operations

  • Katie Rouse | Chief Operating Officer
  • Jake Custer | Director of Recruitment
  • Francesca Gibson | Talent Recruiter
  • Jonathan Host | Director of Operations
  • Keisha Jackson | Director of Human Resources
  • Gregor Kelsey | Talent Recruiter
  • Catherine Nwosu | Director of Extended Learning
  • Sindy Tavarez | Enrollment and Data Systems Associate

Data Analysis and Technology

  • Dan Englender | Director of Academic Technology
  • Hilary Dauffenbach-Tabb | Assessment Associate
  • Linton McGahee | Technology Associate
  • Heather Nadolny | Technology Associate

Development, Marketing, and Communications

  • Ibby Jeppson | Director of Resource Development
  • Amber Walker | Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Kenny Wang | Director of Data and Accountability
  • Shannon Zeimetz | External Relations Associate


  • James Kelly | PrepNext College Counselor
  • Ira Luke | Alumni Support Counselor
  • Jill Salisbury | Alumni Support Counselor


DC Prep’s School Leaders build a unique and close-knit learning community at each school campus.

  • Maria-Teresa Duvall | Founding Resident Principal
  • Shaunte Edmonds | Principal of the Edgewood Elementary Campus
  • Sally Houston | Resident Principal of the Benning Middle Campus
  • Cassie Meltzer Pergament | Principal of the Edgewood Middle Campus
  • Raymond Weeden | Principal of the Benning Elementary Campus


What our Leaders are Saying

“I wanted to be in a place where teaching and developing my craft would be valued, where I could work with like-minded people to change students’ lives for the better, and where I could someday have a larger impact on our city. The reasons I came are the same reasons I stay – I still love teaching, and I was right about the impact a school can have when like-minded people work together to help students’ change their lives! We are changing the face of education in DC.”
MaryKate Hughes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; 2006 Milken Educator Award Winner