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 is a member of Princeton University's Board of Trustees.
Jamal Berry, Associate Director
Mr. Jamal Berry joined Educare Washington, 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 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). He is pursuing his Specialist of Education Degree in Leadership and Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University.
Talia Newman, Master Teacher
Ms. Talia Newman joined Educare Washington, DC, in June 2014, as one of the preschool master teachers. She has been in the educational field for 11 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 newborns to eighth graders. 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, and received her M.Ed. in elementary education from Bowie State University. She plans to model and utilize the best instructional practices in order to promote optimal learning and meaningful professional development for the children and teachers at Educare Washington, DC.
Dawn Smith, Master Teacher
Dawn N. Smith is a preschool master teacher at Educare Washington, DC, and a member of the Educare Learning Network's Educare Practice Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Educare in April 2012, Ms. Smith worked for the District of Columbia Public Schools where she taught preschool to third grade for more than 14 years. In addition to teaching, her previous professional experience includes parent educator for the Teen Parent-Independent Living Program of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington. When working for the Student Support Center, Ms. Smith served as a Reading First Literacy Coach. She holds a B.A. in sociology with a minor in education from Xavier University of New Orleans and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from The George Washington University.
Lorre Taylor, Family Engagement Supervisor
Ms. Lorre Taylor, LCSW, joined Educare Washington, DC, as the family engagement supervisor in 2014. She has worked in various child and family settings during her 25 years career as a social worker, which includes Head Start, military, foster care, child and family mental health private practice, homeless, consultant, program management, family policy and advocacy. Ms. Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Taylor earned her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's of social work from the University of Toledo. Ms. Taylor believes that building on families' strengths will increase their capacity to create effective and long-term changes. Ms. Taylor is a Head Start Alum.
DaNaya Washington, Master Teacher
Ms. DaNaya Washington serves as an infant and toddler master teacher at Educare Washington, DC. She has a team-oriented attitude and leadership role expertise with resolving social issues. Her experience in areas of communication, early childhood education, business management and social service support stems from her 11 years of adult and early childhood education and behavior management training for children from infancy to 12 years old. Ms. Washington holds a B.S. in business management and an M.B.A. from Phoenix University. She is constantly seeking ways to expand her knowledge base through various courses and programs that promote interpersonal and mentoring abilities.
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.