Avise Hayes, is Principal of the Edgewood Elementary Campus (EEC), and joined DC Prep in 2013. Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Principal of Culture leading student and team culture efforts throughout EEC. After completing her time as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in Philadelphia, she stayed in the city to teach in a public middle school. She then became a Reading Curriculum Coordinator and TFA’s Professional Learning Community Coordinator. At KIPP Philadelphia Charter School she was also a 7th grade teacher and Chair, as well as the Assistant Principal. Avise’s BA is from Spelman College, and she holds two MS degrees from Chestnut Hill College and National Louis University.
“I went to another school before DC Prep. It was loose and sloppy with very little structure. We got a mediocre education and had too much free time. Then my mother heard about DC Prep – and in 2nd grade my sisters and I changed schools. Now, I am an excelling 8th grader who has limitless options for high school and my future. DC Prep has helped me find the potential I didn’t know I had.”