Shaunte Edmonds is the Principal of the Edgewood Elementary Campus. She joined DC Prep in 2012 and served as the campus’ Assistant Principal – supporting school culture and instructional initiatives. Previously, she served as Principal at a DC charter school and Assistant Principal at Bronx Prep in NY. At Bronx Prep she also served as a middle school teacher, grade level lead, and history coach. Shaunte’s career in education started in DC as a 5th grade teacher at C.W. Harris Elementary School through the TNTP DC Teaching Fellows program. Shaunte received a BA from Columbia University, an MA from American University, and an EdM from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Avise Hayes, Assistant Principal of Culture, joined DC Prep in 2013 and serves as a lead on building student culture at Edgewood Elementary School. After completing her time as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in Philadelphia, she stayed in the city to teach in a public middle school. She then became a Reading Curriculum Coordinator and TFA’s Professional Learning Community Coordinator. At KIPP Philadelphia Charter School she was also a 7th grade teacher and Chair, as well as the Assistant Principal. Avise’s BA is from Spelman College, and she holds two MS degrees from Chestnut Hill College and National Louis University.
Laura Ressler joined DC Prep in 2012, originally as the Special Education Coordinator where she ensured that DC Prep’s Edgewood Elementary campus provided appropriate programs in the least restrictive environment for all students with special needs. In 2013, she took on a leadership role as an Assistant Principal of Academics. Prior to DC Prep, Laura taught Special Education in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA. She has also been involved with TNTP since 2007. Laura received a BA from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York and a master's degree from Eastern University.
Terica Alleyne joined DC Prep in 2007 as a founding member of the Edgewood Elementary Campus. She spearheads the student culture and character development efforts for Early Childhood. Prior to that, she taught inclusion 1st grade and has also taught in Queens, NY. Terica holds a BA from Syracuse University, an MEd from St. John’s University, and an MSA from Trinity University.
Andrew Baca, Special Education Coordinator, joined DC Prep in 2013 and works closely with the Director of Special Education to provide appropriate programs in the least restrictive environment for all students with special needs. During his time with DC Teaching Fellows, he assessed candidates and prepared teachers for their new roles, and then became a DCPS Teachers Central to Leadership Fellow. For five years he was also a special education teacher and academy coordinator at Ballou Senior High School, which involved managing the Special Education department. He earned his BA and MA from The George Washington University.
Megan Gentzler joined DC Prep in 2011. She works with 1st through 3rd grade literacy teachers to develop curriculum and improve their instructional practice. After completing two years as a Teach For America corps member in San Jose, CA, Megan taught literacy at Rocketship Hybrid Charter School and participated in a network-wide leadership development program. She received a BA from Tufts University.
Angel Hendricks joined DC Prep in fall 2007 as a founding faculty member and Resident Teacher at the Edgewood Elementary Campus where she served as a 1st grade literacy teacher and grade level lead. In 2013, she transitioned to a leadership role as the Edgewood Elementary Campus Dean of Student Support where she leads school culture and character education efforts. She came to DC Prep with experience as a social work intern, and Boys & Girls Club counselor. Angel received a BA from Xavier University of Louisiana and an MAT from American University.
Sarah McGrew joined DC Prep in 2013 as its School Counselor. Prior to DC Prep, Sarah taught special education in Baltimore. She earned a bachelor's degree from Towson University, and received a master's degree in school counseling from Loyola University.
Dana Polmateer joined DC Prep in 2007 as a founding faculty member at Edgewood Elementary Campus. She works with early childhood teachers to develop curriculum and improve their instructional practice. Prior to that, she was a kindergarten teacher at DC Prep. Dana has experience teaching elementary reading, daycare students, and preschool. She also taught in Australia through a program at Boston University, where she has a BS.
Drew Snodgrass joined DC Prep in 2010. Drew works with the 1st through 3rd grade Math teachers to develop curriculum and improve their instructional practice. He also served as a 2nd grade lead teacher at DC Prep for two years before moving into the Math Coordinator role. Drew was named a finalist in the 2012 DC Teacher of the Year competition as well. Prior to joining DC Prep, he taught for three years in the Mississippi Delta Region as part of the Teach For America program. He has taught 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades and has a BS from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Ayamba Ayuk joined DC Prep in 2013 from the KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy where she served as its Director of Operations and Operations Manager. Ayamba has over five years of experience in non-profit urban education. She received her BS from Gwynedd-Mercy College.
Michael Brooks joined DC Prep in 2009. He provides building and grounds security at both Edgewood Campuses. Prior to that, Michael worked for Construction Labors Contractor, where he participated in the total renovation of the Pentagon.
Kiara Jewette joined DC Prep in 2012. While studying at George Mason University, Kiara operated the campus switchboard. She also volunteered for several youth organizations. Kiara has a BA from George Mason University.
Cynthia Parry has been with DC Prep since 2009 and is the Edgewood Elementary Campus school nurse. She is affiliated with Children’s National Medical Center. Cynthia attended the Howard University College of Nursing, where she earned her BSN and RN.
Amanda Barragan came to DC Prep in 2011. She previously taught Spanish at Friendship Public Charter School in DC. In addition, she has studied in Colombia and Spain. Amanda has a BA from the National Pedagogical and Technical University of Colombia.
Judith Bhatia joined DC Prep in 2008. She got her start in education through the DC Teaching Fellows program in 2001. She has taught both early childhood and elementary students throughout Washington, DC and in Montgomery County public schools. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Judith gained experience in legislative affairs while working at a bi-partisan lobbying firm in DC. She received a BA from the University of Maryland and an MAT from American University.
Andrea Conway joined DC Prep in 2013. Recently, she taught at Meridian Public Charter School, and she was also a teacher, Student and Family Services Coordinator, and Technology Administrator at Potomac Lighthouse. Andrea holds a BA from Virginia Union University.
Victoria Davies joined DC Prep in 2012. Before coming to DC Prep, Victoria was a Kindergarten teacher through the Urban Teacher Center at a DC charter school. She has a BA from Franklin & Marshall College.
Erin Flynn | Special Education/Intervention Teacher
Erin Flynn joined DC Prep in 2012. She previously student taught in a 4th grade classroom in Connecticut. For five years, Erin mentored a teen with special needs by teaching life skills and helping establish positive social interactions. She received a BS from Central Connecticut State University.
Rose Frumkin joined DC Prep in 2013 through the DC Teaching Fellows Program. Before joining DC Prep, she worked at a financial management organization. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jared Gallow joined DC Prep in 2012. Prior to DC Prep, Jared was a Teaching Fellow at AppleTree Institute. He also taught art for three years at SAIL Public Charter School. He received a BA from Baylor University.
Marie Hinds joined DC Prep in 2008 where she came from Jamaica through Teachers Council. While in Jamaica, she taught music education and Math to students in preschool through 4th grade and provided private tutoring to students in 5th and 6th grade. Marie received a BS from Western Carolina University and is currently pursuing an MA in curriculum and instruction.
Francesca Hoffmann joined the DC Prep team in 2013. Through Teach For America in Miami, she was the Kindergarten-1st grade Chair and taught 1st and 4th grade reading and writing. Her BA is from Purdue University and her MEd is from the University of Miami.
Jordan Kerstetter joined DC Prep in 2012 after five years of teaching at an early childhood charter school in DC, where she started there as a Teaching Fellow and after several years became a Master Teacher. Jordan has a BA from the University of Northern Iowa.
Matthew Krummert joined DC Prep in 2012 with six years of elementary teaching experience. He previously taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in Fairfax County Schools where he also served as a mentor to novice teachers. Matthew received a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MEd from George Mason University.
Alexandra Legutko joined DC Prep in 2012. As a 2010 Teach For America Chicago corps member, she taught preschool for two years. Alexandra also served as an Education and Outreach Chair for Operation Educate Children in Ann Arbor Michigan. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS from Dominican University.
Kayla Locklin joined DC Prep in fall 2008. She has experience with youth at the National Head Start Association, with Southeast DC Partners, as a daycare teacher and as a camp counselor. Kayla received a BA from the College of William and Mary.
Charlotte Lysohir joined DC Prep in 2012 as a member of Teach For America’s Metro DC cohort. Charlotte was a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club and the staff photographer for Project Eye-to-Eye, a network of youth mentoring programs for those with learning differences. She has a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Nate Mallove joined the DC Prep team in 2013. He taught 5th grade math at Bronx Lighthouse Charter School with Teach For America, and then was a 4th-6th grade associate and lead teacher at Success Academy Harlem 1. He earned a BA from Loyola Marymount University and an MA from Hunter College.
Kanita Mason joined DC Prep in 2013. Prior to that, she was a 2nd grade lead teacher at William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts and Capital Teaching Resident at E.L. Haynes. She earned her BA at Howard University and an MEd at Trinity University.
Heather Murphy came to DC Prep in 2013. She spent three years as a 3rd grade teacher in Connecticut and also taught 2nd and 3rd graders in Hawaii during the summer. Her BS and MA are both from the University of Connecticut.
Terri Myaing joined DC Prep in fall 2008 with several years of experience in early childhood education. Prior to joining DC Prep, she served as a Director at LaPetite Academy. Terri has a BS from Columbia Union College and an MAT from American University.
Reese Ornellas joined DC Prep in 2012. Prior to DC Prep, Reese taught 4th grade in San Francisco, CA. He also spent a summer teaching English in China. Reese has a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MAT from the University of San Francisco.
Nina Oropeza joined DC Prep in 2012 as an Intervention Teacher, working primarily with 3rd grade students. Prior to DC Prep, Nina was a Teach For America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley region for two years, where she was a Sue Lehman Teaching Award nominee. Nina has extensive experience in the classroom and volunteering at the high school and elementary levels. She received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sharon Podobnik joined DC Prep in 2012. After teaching middle school math in Miami-Dade Public Schools for two years as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member, she became an instructional coach. Sharon has also done some independent contract work for TFA. She has a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS from the University of Miami.
Lily Portlock joined DC Prep in 2013. She has worked as a student teacher in Alabama, and as a prekindergarten Capital Teaching Resident at E.L. Haynes. Her BS is from Samford University, and she earned an MA from American University.
Melissa Rich joined DC Prep in 2012. Prior to DC Prep, Melissa taught 3rd and 5th grades as a member of Teach For America’s 2010 Miami Corps. Melissa also coached a girls’ high school basketball team. She has both a BA and an MEd from Lehigh University.
Camilla Schaeffer came to DC Prep in 2011. Prior to joining DC Prep, she completed a year of volunteering at Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia through AmeriCorps’ City Year program. Camilla has a BA from Albright College.
Ellen Shupe came to DC Prep in 2011. She previously student taught in a 3rd grade classroom in Gettysburg, PA. She also spent time volunteer tutoring students receiving special education and ESL services. Ellen has a BA from Gettysburg College.
Nicole Small joined DC Prep in 2009 as a Resident Teacher. She first came to DC Prep as an intern at the Edgewood Middle Campus and a Prep EX! teacher at the Edgewood Elementary Campus as well. Nicole has a BS from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Daniel Sprouse came to DC Prep in 2011. Previously, he taught at Charter School of the Dunes in Gary, IN, as a physical education teacher for eight years. In addition, he also served as the athletic director for the Boys & Girls Club of America in Gary. Daniel holds a BA from Indiana University Northwest.
Grace-Ann Taylor joined DC Prep in fall 2008 from Jamaica through Teachers Council. Before coming to DC Prep, she taught for seven years in Jamaica at the kindergarten level. Grace-Ann has a BA from the University of the West Indies, and an MA from the University of South Florida.
Alexa Teevens joined DC Prep in 2012 as a DC Teaching Fellow. Alexa was also a member of an AmeriCorps cohort in California where she worked with an early childhood program. She received a BA from Claremont McKenna College.
AnnMarie Thomas joined DC Prep in 2007 as a founding faculty member at the Edgewood Elementary Campus. She came to DC Prep from Jamaica through Teachers Council. She taught for several years in Jamaica and has served as an early childhood teacher and a child development tutor. AnnMarie has both a BA and an MA from the University of the West Indies.
Shay Tichnell joined DC Prep in 2010 as a Center For Inspired Teaching Fellow. She completed her student teaching at Capital City Public Charter School. Prior to teaching, Shay worked as a senior case manager at a foster care organization. She has a BA from Seton Hill University.
Kimberly Tomlinson came to DC Prep in 2013 as a DC Teaching Fellow. Previously, she was a creative mentor at the Las Américas ASPIRA Academy. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.
“Just the other day, I overheard Diamond, a student who started the year far behind in Reading, and her classmate Nytalia arguing about which author was better: Roald Dahl or William Steig. This is why I am a teacher. It surprises me every day how flexible a child's mind can be. If given the opportunity and challenged in the right ways, all kids can take ownership of their learning and become passionate critical thinkers.”