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Our Leadership Staff

Pyper Davis, Executive Director
As executive director, Pyper Davis is responsible for the 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 MBA from Harvard Business School. She served as a trustee of Princeton University from 2011-2015. She was recently selected for the prestigious Pahara-Aspen Fellowship (Fall 2018 cohort) supporting high potential leaders who are reimagining public education.

Jamal Berry, School Director
Mr. Jamal Berry joined Educare DC as an infant and toddler master teacher and became associate director in 2014. 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 a master’s of education and human growth and development in early childhood education from George Washington University and graduated from Bowie State University with a bachelor’s of science in pedology (child and adolescent studies). He is pursuing his specialist of education degree in leadership and early childhood special education from George Washington University.

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.


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