Cassie Meltzer Pergament joined DC Prep in 2006 and has served in a variety of roles including Instructional Coach, Chair of the English Department, and member of the school Leadership Team. She began her teaching career with Teach For America in Compton, California where she designed and implemented a program for Gifted and Talented students. Cassie also taught at the KIPP: Bridge Charter School in Oakland. Cassie holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester and an MAT from Loyola Marymount University. During the 2010-11 school year, Cassie earned an MEd in School Leadership and participated in an intensive residency program at High Tech High in San Diego.
Tara Iqbal joined DC Prep in fall 2008. In 2013, she transitioned to a leadership role as an Assistant Principal at the Edgewood Middle Campus. Prior to that, she served as the campus' Dean of Academic Support and science department chair, where she supported academic intervention initiatives. Tara taught for several years at The SEED School in Washington, DC, where she also served as an instructional coach and department chair. Tara received a BS from the University of Michigan.
Rachel McClam joined DC Prep in 2010 after completing two years as a Metro DC Teach For America corps member. In 2013, she transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal at the Edgewood Middle Campus. Prior to that, she taught 5th grade math, and supported math teachers on curriculum and instruction. Rachel’s previous experience includes teaching 3rd grade at a DC charter school and student teaching experience in Durham, NC. Rachel holds a BA from Duke University and an MAT from American University.
Phil Cimbak joined DC Prep in 2012. Phil leads school culture and character education efforts at the Edgewood Middle Campus. Prior to joining DC Prep, Phil worked at YES Prep Public Charter School. Phil started at YES Prep through the Teach For America program and was a Special Education Teacher, History Teacher, Arts and Humanities teacher, Grade Level Lead and Athletic Director during his tenure there. He received a BA from Georgetown University.
Julie O'Malley Moeller joined DC Prep in 2005 and works to ensure that all DC Prep graduates secure placement in a competitive high school. Prior to directing the High School Placement program, Julie taught Math in the upper grades at DC Prep. Before joining DC Prep, Julie was the lead Math teacher at Mother Caroline Academy, an independent school for inner-city girls in Boston. Before entering teaching, she spent five years in business, primarily with Mercer Management Consulting. Julie received a BA from Northwestern University and an MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Kate Terrill | Special Education Coordinator and Department Chair
Kate Terrill came to DC Prep in 2011. She works to ensure that DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus provides appropriate programs in the least restrictive environment for all students with special needs. Kate began her career in teaching as a Teach For America corps member in Charlotte, NC. While in Charlotte, she supported students with IEPs and was recognized as the J.W. Wilson New Teacher of the Year. Kate received a BA from Hendrix College and a JD from Catholic University.
Alisha Watts Burr joined DC Prep in 2009 as a junior academy special education math teacher at the Edgewood Middle Campus. In 2013, she transitioned to a leadership role as the campus' Dean of Academic Support. Prior to DC Prep, she was an 8th and 9th grade special education teacher at The SEED School of Washington, DC. Alisha holds a BA from Princeton University and an MA from the University of Arizona.
Sarah Wilson joined DC Prep in 2012. As the Edgewood Middle Campus School Counselor, Sarah provides a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program of counseling and guidance for students. Prior to joining DC Prep, she served as School Counselor at the Friendship Public Charter School, where she implemented a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program for over 500 students in grades preschool through 8th grade. Sarah received a BA in Psychology from James Madison University and an MA in Education and Human Development and School Counseling from The George Washington University.
Emily Johannsen, Operations Manager of the Edgewood Middle Campus, joined DC Prep in 2013 and handles the majority of business affairs at EMC including payroll and benefits. While with Chicago Public Schools as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow, she improved the supplier performance review system and streamlined procurement processes. Her past business experience includes a project management position at Deloitte Consulting LLP, and she has also promoted the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School through volunteer recruitment and fundraising events. Emily has a BS from the University of Illinois.
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.
George Carter joined DC Prep in 2013 and is the Edgewood Middle Campus school nurse. He is affiliated with Children’s National Medical Center. George attended Coppin State University, where he received an MSN in Nursing.
Keisha McLaurin joined DC Prep in 2012. Prior to that, Keisha was an Administration Assistant for the Maryland Department of Education. During the 2009-2010 school year, Keisha was the office manager for Leadership Prep Brownsville Charter School. She has a BA from Penn State University.
Adriana Antunez de Mayolo joined DC Prep in 2012. She began her career in education through Teach For America and taught in DC charter schools for five years before coming to DC Prep. Adriana received a BA from the University of Miami and an MEd from American University.
John Becker, who first joined DC Prep in 2005, has enjoyed careers in engineering and teaching. He was a Teach For America corps member in Washington, DC, where he taught 4th grade. He has since taught math, science, guitar, and debate to 4th-8th grade students in both DC and St. Louis, MO. John received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MAT from American University.
Courtney Clark joined DC Prep in 2004 and has worked as an Art Teacher and Enrichment Coordinator, and Prep EX! Coordinator during her tenure. Before coming to DC Prep she taught English as a Second Language for two years to prekindergarteners at Truesdell Elementary School in Washington. Courtney has a BA from Grinnell College and an MSA from Trinity University.
Tonya Combs joined DC Prep in 2012 with ten years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching Language Arts and Social Studies in Ohio, Tonya was the Reading Curriculum Coordinator for her school district. She has a BS from Capital University and an MA from Antioch-McGregor University.
Milisa Cutlip joined DC Prep in 2012. Prior to being a Legislative Correspondent for a United States Senator, Milisa taught 7th and 8th grade science in Arkansas. She was a member of Teach For America’s 2008 Delta cohort. Milisa holds a BA from West Virginia University.
Araceli Flores came to DC Prep in 2013. She was a research assistant at various education policy organizations before coming to teach 6th-8th grade math in DC through Teach For America. She has a BA from Stanford University.
Jaime Goldman joined DC Prep in 2010 after teaching 9th grade English at the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance. She began her teaching career after working as an Associate Publisher at Simon & Schuster, a position that fed her love for children’s literature. Jaime holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MA from Columbia University.
Matthew Guerrero joined DC Prep in 2012 as a member of Teach For America’s Metro DC cohort. Prior to DC Prep, Matthew volunteered in various high school classrooms. He has a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Hollis Hyland joined DC Prep in 2011 with over seven years of teaching experience. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta and Boston and has taught English at the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels. Hollis received a BA from Hamilton College and an MEd from Harvard University.
Maliza Kalema joined DC Prep in 2011 as a Prep EX! teacher, literacy support specialist, and substitute teacher. She has also been an AmeriCorps member and worked at a charter school in Minneapolis. She received a BA from Howard University and an MA from Trinity University.
Eliza Kiplinger joined DC Prep in 2013. For five years before that, she worked as a 6th-8th grade literacy teacher at E.L. Haynes. Her BA is from Wesleyan University.
Dan Kipperman | Physical Education and Health Teacher, 6th Grade Level Lead
Dan Kipperman joined DC Prep in fall 2007. Prior to that, he wrote about health and the environment for the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, VA, and was a writer and copy editor at a newspaper in Latrobe, PA. Dan has a BA from Duquesne University.
Brianne Kopecky joined DC Prep in 2009. Before that, she taught science and related subjects to 7th and 8th graders in Massachusetts and Washington, DC. She also has several years of experience working in community and social service programs. Brianne has a BS from Loras College.
Laura Kravis joined the DC Prep team in 2013. With Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools, she was a founding teacher, literacy coach, curriculum developer, and teacher mentor. She got her BA at Williams College and MS at Bank Street College of Education.
Allison Lashley joined DC Prep in 2010. Her previous experience includes teaching middle and high school math and 3rd grade. She has committed extensive time to tutoring and mentoring youth. Allison holds a BS from Union University.
Rebecca Mann came to DC Prep in 2013. At Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy, she was a teacher, curriculum writer, and interim assessment writer for 6th grade science. She received her BS from the University of North Carolina and MA from North Carolina State University.
Erica Manoatl came to DC Prep in 2013. She has taught 8th grade math, English, and special education in New Orleans as a Teach For America corps member. She holds a BA from The George Washington University.
Bill McDermott joined DC Prep in 2009. Before joining DC Prep, he had experience working in general and special education in middle and high schools in DC, NY, and VA. Bill holds a BA from Western Connecticut State University and an MEd from The George Washington University.
James Nicholas returned to DC Prep in 2012. He has been working in the field of education since 2003 when he was a member of Teach For America’s DC Metro Cohort. He then worked at DC Prep as a Social Studies Teacher and Director of Student Support. Prior to his return, James was a Special Education Advocate for students in DC Public Schools. He has a BS from Winona State University.
Isimemen Ojeabulu joined DC Prep in 2012 as a member of Teach For America’s DC Metro Cohort. Before teaching, Isimemen worked for America Reads/America Counts. In 2012, Isimemen co-founded a project designed to address needs and visions of DC Metro-area minority women through entrepreneurship, mentorship, and internship opportunities. Isimemen has a BS from the University of Maryland.
Lauren Orzechowski joined DC Prep in 2010. Her previous experience as an educator includes five years as a Reading and English teacher at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus. In addition, she worked as a soccer/writing coach with DC SCORES, a program that combines creative writing, soccer, and service learning in public schools. Lauren has a BA from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland and an MAT from American University.
Crystal Gould Perrott joined DC Prep in 2012. Before joining DC Prep, Crystal taught science in Washington DC as a Teach For America Corps Member and served as a data analyst for Excel Academy Public Charter School. She earned her BA from Florida State University and her MAT from American University.
Kara Piccirilli joined DC Prep in 2011. She began her teaching career as a DC Teaching Fellow in 2009. Prior to teaching, she worked for the United Nations and the International Rescue Committee. Kara received a BA from Saint Louis University and an LLM from the University of Nottingham (UK).
Heidi Reed | 4th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Social Studies Department Chair
Heidi Reed joined DC Prep in fall 2009. Prior to that, she worked in community and education initiatives in both Chicago and Washington, DC. Heidi started her teaching career with Teach For America (TFA) as a 4th grade teacher at a charter school in Washington, DC. Prior to joining TFA, she did recruitment for The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and was a research assistant at Chaplin Hall Center for Children, both in Chicago. She has also served as a tutor and afterschool teacher. Heidi holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA from American University.
Meredith Rosenberg | Senior Academy Spanish Teacher, 4th Grade Math Teacher, Grade Level Lead
Meredith Rosenberg came to DC Prep in 2011 after completing two years as a Teach For America corps member in Metro DC. She has experience teaching Spanish in a Prince George’s County high school. Prior to teaching, Meredith was a supervisor at a camp for 3rd through 5th graders. She received a BA from Colgate University and an MAT from American University.
Kelly Schrepfer joined DC Prep in 2012 with extensive teaching experience. She began her teaching career as a member of the 1999 Teach For America cohort in Baltimore. Just prior to joining DC Prep, Kelly taught Math at North Star Academy Public Charter School in New Jersey. She has a BA from the University of Illinois and an MAT from Johns Hopkins University.
Amanda Silva | Junior Academy ELA Special Education Teacher, English Department Chair
Amanda Silva first joined DC Prep as a Resident Teacher. In addition to teaching, Amanda works with the Reading and Writing teachers to develop curriculum and improve their instructional practice. Previously, she worked in the New York City public school system for three years as a mentor and a tutor for elementary school students on the Lower East Side. Amanda received a BA from New York University and an MAT from American University.
Susanne Sparks came to DC Prep in 2011 as member of the Teach For America corps Metro DC region. She previously student taught at a charter school in Brooklyn, NY. Susanne has a BA from St. Joseph’s College, New York.
Cristina Strunk joined DC Prep in 2013. At a New Orleans charter school, she was a reading teacher as well as a middle school interventionist and ELA data leader. She received a BA from Tulane University.
Emily Thomas joined DC Prep in 2012 with five years of teaching experience. She was a member of Teach For America’s 2007 NYC cohort. Before coming to DC Prep, Emily was a 6th grade Reading Teacher at Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School. Emily received a BA from Columbia University and an MS from Pace University.
Ashli Wilson joined the DC Prep team in 2011. Prior to DC Prep, Ashli taught 5th grade at Washington Latin School, where she served as an English Teacher and Team Leader. She received a BA from Spelman College and an MA from Tufts University.
“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