Our Leadership Staff
Pyper Davis, Executive Director
As executive director, Pyper Davis is responsible for overall leadership of Educare Washington, DC, including the partnership, policy and funding strategies. Ms. Davis joined Educare DC in September 2014. Previously, she spent more than 10 years as the chief operating officer of The SEED Foundation, where she helped build the nation's only network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools. Prior to joining SEED, Ms. Davis spent nine years in the television business, primarily as an executive with The News Corporation, working in both a strategic and operational capacity in London, New York, Los Angeles and Asia. While at News Corp., she helped create two successful joint ventures in Asia, launched and managed operations for Fox's new cable sports business, Fox Sports Net, and served as president of a cable network, FIT TV. After leaving News Corp., she provided consulting and private equity fundraising for early-stage technology companies as a principal with Katalyst LLC. Ms. Davis started her career as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. She has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She served as a trustee of Princeton University from 2011-2015.
Jamal Berry, School Director
Mr. Jamal Berry joined Educare Washington, DC, as an infant and toddler master teacher and became associate director in 2014. Currently he is serving in the role of school director. He has worked with a variety of age groups as an early childhood educator since beginning his professional career in 2006. As a persistent learner, role model and mentor to aspiring teachers, Mr. Berry is an adamant believer in Fredrick Douglas' quote, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Mr. Berry earned an Ed.S, Specialist of Education Degree in Leadership and Early Childhood Special Education and an M.A. in education and human development and early childhood education from George Washington University and graduated from Bowie State University with a B.S. in pedology (child and adolescent studies).
Shaunda Clark-White, Family Engagement Supervisor
Ms. Shaunda Clark-White, joined Educare Washington, DC, in 2014 as a Family Engagement Specialist and became Family Engagement Supervisor in 2017. She has worked in the field of family services for 13 years serving families in early childhood programs and providing home visiting services. Prior to joining Educare, Ms. Clark-White worked for the District of Columbia Early Intervention Program where she served parents of children birth – three with special needs. She worked with families to help them understand, navigate and become advocates for their children. Ms. Clark-White holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pedagogy (Child and Adolescent Studies) from Bowie State University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling Psychology.
Dianna Duckett-Washington, Administrative Manager
Dianna Duckett-Washington is currently a member of the administrative team for Educare Washington, DC, with over 12 years of experience in the area of administrative management. With school operations as her center focus, Ms. Washington has extensive experience with all aspects of administration. Having held positions in public schools, nonprofits and governmental agencies, Ms. Washington has tailored her skills to meet the needs of various organizational models. Since joining Educare DC in May 2012, Ms. Washington has been responsible for coordinating and facilitating school tours, management of school facilities, food service coordination, vendor relations and procurement. She has over 10 years of prior administrative experience with public charter schools in the DC area. Ms. Washington is a native of Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Delaware State University and a M.A. in early childhood administration from the University of the District of Columbia in partnership with the Early Childhood Leadership Institute. She is an active member of the International Association for Administrative Professionals and the National Black Child Development Institute.
Talia Newman, Assistant School Director
Ms. Talia Newman joined Educare Washington, D.C. in June 2014, as one of the preschool master teachers. She has served in the educational field for 13 years and has worked in various child care centers and elementary schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Prince George's County, Maryland. Ms. Newman has experience working with children from newborn to eighth grade. She has taught, tutored and mentored high school students who aspired to become early childhood educators. Ms. Newman graduated magna cum laude from Towson University where she earned her B.S. in early childhood education, received her M.Ed. in elementary education from Bowie State University, and enrolled in an Administrator I certification program through the Instructional Leadership Professional Development Department at Towson University. As the Assistant School Director, she plans to model and utilize the best instructional practices, support staff in their professional growth, and provide high quality compliance monitoring in order to promote optimal learning and meaningful professional development at Educare Washington D.C.
Amanda Tuck, Instructional Coach
Prior to joining Educare in August 2017, Ms. Tuck coached teachers within the DC Public Charter School Network. In addition to experience coaching teachers, Ms. Tuck has taught both general and special education in public and public charter schools across the city. In addition to teaching experience, Ms. Tuck also has professional experience in early intervention and neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Ms. Tuck holds a B.A. in Psychology from Penn State University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from The George Washington University. She is also certified by Georgetown University as an Early Interventionist.
Hannah Urrey, Director of Development
Hannah Urrey is the director of development at Educare DC where she manages all aspects of the organization’s charitable fundraising activity, as well as external communications and marketing. Prior to joining Educare DC in 2016, Ms. Urrey served as associate for communications in the Office of Gift Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park, and in various fundraising and communication capacities at Friends of the National Arboretum. She has a bachelor’s degree in theatre with a certificate in nonprofit management from Hollins University.