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.

CEO

  • 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
  • MaryKate Hughes | Director of Adult Learning
  • 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
  • Ryan Aurori | Director of Finance and Real Estate

Talent

  • Laura Maestas | Chief Talent Officer
  • Danielle Bryant | Human Resources Associate
  • Jake Custer | Director of Recruitment
  • Rachel Dias | Director of Recruitment
  • Alyssa Goodman | Director of Human Resources
  • Catherine Nwosu | Director of Extended Learning
  • Mary Frances Smyth | Associate Director of Recruitment

Operations, Data, and Technology

  • Dan Englender | Senior Director of Data, Technology, and Enrollment
  • Hilary Dauffenbach-Tabb | Director of Analysis, Data, and Enrollment
  • Dwayne Ford | Technology Associate
  • Emily Johannsen | Director of Operations
  • Malaika Khafra | Technology Associate
  • Natalie Mufarrige | Data and Enrollment Associate
  • Heather Nadolny | 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
  • Amber Walker | Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Shannon Zeimetz | External Relations Associate

PrepNext

  • James Kelly | Director of PrepNext
  • Maliza Kalema | Alumni Support Counselor
  • Maria Lawson | Alumni Support Counselor
  • Jill Salisbury | Associate Director for College Counseling

Principals

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

“The words that come to mind when I think of my relationship with DC Prep are commitment, creativity, and flexibility.”
MaryKate Hughes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; 2006 Milken Educator Award Winner