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!

Avise Hayes | Resident Principal | Edgewood Elementary Campus Team

Rachel McClam | Resident Principal | Edgewood Middle Campus Team

Maura Englender | Principal | Benning Elementary Campus Team

Erin Waldron | Principal | Benning Middle Campus Team

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

Sheneil Christian | Founding Resident Principal | Elementary Campus #4
(opening Fall 2017 or Fall 2018)

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 | Founder and CEO
  • Clarice Ulu | Special Assistant to the CEO
  • Raymond Weeden | Senior Director of Policy and Community Engagement

Academic Support

  • Katie Severn | President and Chief Academic Officer
  • Nicole Bryan | Senior Director of Elementary Programming
  • Maya Ekus | Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Deborah Hanmer | Senior Director of Student Support
  • Michelle Hess | Director of Special Education
  • Tara O’Flaherty | Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment
  • Mary Pendleton | ELA Curriculum Writer
  • Cassie Pergament | Senior Director of Middle School Programming

Finance and Real Estate

  • Wendy Scott | Chief Financial Officer


  • Laura Maestas | Chief Talent Officer
  • Danielle Bryant | Human Resources Associate
  • Rachel Dias | Director of Recruitment
  • Marilyn Edmunds | Associate Director of Recruitment
  • Catherine Nwosu | Director of Extended Learning
  • Suraj Patel | Director of People Operations
  • Mary Frances Smyth | Associate Director of Recruitment

Operations, Data, Technology, and Enrollment

  • Dan Englender | Chief Operating Officer
  • Hilary Dauffenbach-Tabb | Director of Analysis, Data, and Enrollment
  • Dwayne Ford | Technology Associate
  • Emily Johannsen | Director of Operations
  • Natalie Mufarrige | Data and Enrollment Associate
  • Roy Smith | Technology Associate
  • Emily Swain | Data and Enrollment Associate
  • Sindy Tavarez | Associate Director of Enrollment
  • Ricardo Troncoso-Ramirez | Director of Information Technology

Development, Marketing, and Communications

  • Ibby Jeppson | Chief Development Officer
  • Heather Nadolny | Development and Communications Associate
  • Amber Walker | Director of Marketing and Communications


  • James Kelly | Director of PrepNext
  • Jameela Anderson | Associate Director of Post-Secondary Success
  • Maria Lawson | Alumni Support Counselor
  • Jill Salisbury | Associate Director for College Counseling
  • Deandra Smith | Alumni Support Counselor
  • Satin Young | PrepNext Public Ally


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

  • Sheneil Christian | Founding Resident Principal (Upcoming Elementary Campus)
  • Maria-Teresa Duvall | Founding Principal
  • Shaunte Edmonds | Senior Principal
  • Maura Englender | Principal
  • Avise Hayes | Resident Principal
  • Rachel McClam | Resident Principal
  • Erin Waldron | Principal



What our Leaders are Saying

“I feel so much richer in spirit knowing the work I’m doing is changing lives in my community.”
Wendy Scott, Chief Financial Officer