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

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 | CEO
  • Beth Berwick | Chief of Staff
  • Clarice Ulu | Special Assistant to the CEO

Operations, Finance, and Real Estate

  • Wendy Scott | Chief Operating Officer
  • Ryan Aurori | Director of Finance and Real Estate
  • Brian Bickerton | Director of Information Technology
  • Thomasin Franken | Director of Extended Learning
  • Jonathan Host | Director of Operations
  • Sindy Tavarez | Enrollment and Data Systems Associate

Academic Support

  • Katie Severn | Chief Academic Officer
  • Nicole Bryan | Managing Director for Early Childhood
  • Monique Cooke | School Psychologist
  • Hilary Dauffenbach-Tabb | Assessment Associate
  • Maya Ekus | Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Dan Englender | Director of Academic Technology
  • Deborah Hanmer | Director of Student Support Services
  • MaryKate Hughes | Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Tara O’Flaherty | Leadership Support Specialist
  • Danielle Palmer | School Psychologist
  • Kenny Wang | Director of Data and Accountability
  • Rebecca Yerman | Director of Special Education

Talent Recruitment

  • Katie Rouse | Chief Growth Officer
  • Jake Custer | Director of Recruitment
  • Heidi Dull | Talent Recruiter
  • Chase O'Brien | Talent Recruiter

Development, Marketing, and Communications

  • Ibby Jeppson | Director of Resource Development
  • Amber Walker | Director of Marketing and Communications


  • Kathleen Dunn | Director
  • James Kelly | PrepNext College Counselor


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

  • 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 Alumni are Saying

“I learned focus and stamina. I learned to dream big. And I learned that everyone at DC Prep wants me to succeed. I’m ready for what comes next but DC Prep will always be a big part of who I am.”
DaeShawn, DC Prep Class of 2011