Emma Harbaugh

Emma, Principal of Benning Middle Campus,  joined the BMC community in 2014. For the next few years, Emma looped every year with the founding cohort of students. Years later, she still maintains strong relationships with this group of students and their families! Over the years, Emma has been a math teacher, the math department chair, and an assistant principal at BMC. Emma attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree in public policy.

Cyrkle Lomax Brent

Cyrkle Lomax Brent joined DC Prep in 2020, and is the Benning Elementary Campus (BEC) Principal. Prior to this role, she served Anacostia Elementary students as the Special Education Coordinator. Outside of DC Prep, Cyrkle served as Principal and Special Education Coordinator at Achievement Prep Middle School in Ward 8 and the Special Education Chair and Special Education & ELA teacher for grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Prince George’s County, MD. Cyrkle earned a BA from Towson State University and a Master’s of Leadership in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland Graduate School of Education.

Brooke Jones

Brooke joined DC Prep in 2017 at our Benning Middle Campus (BMC), after working at and helping open other charters in Ward 7. Brooke wore many hats at BMC, including 6th Grade ELA Special Education Teacher, 8th Grade Gen Ed Teacher, 8th Grade GLL, and Director of High School Placement. In 2020, she joined the AMC founding team as the Community Assistant Principal. Brooke received her undergraduate degrees in sociology and education from Roanoke College, and her Master of Education degree in special education from George Mason University. Brooke is passionate about creating a strong, joyful middle school experience that helps prepare Preppies for high school and beyond.

Brooke will spend SY23-24 working closely with AMC Principal Emma Bivona before becoming the principal of AMC in SY24-25.

Emma Bivona

Emma Bivona, Principal of Anacostia Middle Campus and Director of Schools, is a DMV native and joined DC Prep in 2016. She has served as a second-grade ELA teacher at our Benning Elementary Campus, ELA Department Chair at our Anacostia Elementary Campus, and was the founding Assistant Principal of Academics at our Anacostia Middle Campus. Prior to joining DC Prep, Emma completed Teach for America in Nashville where she taught second grade, was a founding Academic Dean for Achievement First, and was an Instructional Leader Fellow for Ingenuity Prep in Washington, D.C. Emma has received principal training from the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy. Emma attended the University of Maryland, College Park for her undergraduate degree and Lipscomb University for her graduate degree in education.

Katie Kuzma

Katie Kuzma, Principal of our Anacostia Elementary Campus, joined DC Prep in 2013. Throughout her time at DC Prep, she has served as a science and literacy teacher at the Edgewood Elementary Campus, a department chair for science across all three elementary campuses, and as an Assistant Principal of math and science at AEC. Before joining the DC Prep team, Katie was a science and social studies teacher in Atlanta, where she completed Teach for America. Katie attended Harvard University for her undergraduate degree in developmental psychology.