Our Teachers

Each of the four classrooms has a lead teacher working alongside assistant teachers to foster age and developmentally appropriate learning environments and experiences for the children. 


Caterpillar Classroom Teaching Team

Ms. Diamond Powell

Lead Teacher of the Caterpillar Purple Group.  Ms. Diamond has significant experience teaching two year-olds, as well as infants and toddlers. She holds a Child Development Associate Credential and is working to complete her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education at North Hampton Community College. As an educator, Ms. Diamond describes herself as compassionate, devoted, and knowledgeable. She has been a wonderful addition to our Caterpillar teaching team.

Ms. Keyonta Silas

Lead Teacher of the Caterpillar Blue Group. Ms. Keyonta holds a Child Development Associate Credential and is finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education at Central Texas University. Most recently, she worked as an Age-Level Coordinator for an infant program. She has worked for over ten years teaching two year-olds, toddlers, and infants. Ms. Keyonta is known for her nurturing relationships with children and has a genuine passion for providing high quality care and education for the youngest learners.

Ms. Brenda Cowles

Assistant Teacher of the Caterpillar Purple Group.  Ms. Brenda's flexibility and warm energy is always noted and greatly appreciated by families and staff alike!  She is looking forward to gaining additional early childhood knowledge and growing professionally as she completes her Child Development Associate Credential.  Previously, Ms. Brenda was the Multi-Age Assistant Teacher, providing a critical link in ensuring the success of each classroom.

Ms. Pamela Thomas

Assistant Teacher of the Caterpillar Blue Group.  Ms. Pamela has years of experience in the early childhood field and has worked with a wide-range of age groups from infants to preschoolers.  Ms. Pamela has lived in a variety of locations over the years and has enjoyed various cultural experiences and the diverse people she has met through her travels. Ms. Pamela's husband has recently retired from the military, and she is thrilled to be back in the DC area where she spent her early years.


Bumblebee Classroom Teaching Team

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Ms. Shaniqua Briggs-Dubose

Lead Teacher for the Bumblebee Classroom. Ms. Shaniqua Briggs-Dubose is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and earned a Masters of Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. She has worked as a classroom teacher with two and three year olds for several years. Most recently she has worked on programming for the USDA dealing with issues of education, family and consumer economics, and child obesity.

Those who know Ms. Shaniqua describe her as warm, positive, professional, and committed.

We are so excited to welcome her as the newest member of our teaching team!

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Ms. Tatianna Peak

Bumblebee Assistant Teacher.  Ms. Tatianna has been with HPS for the past 5 years working with a variety of age groups. She currently holds a 90 hour child care certificate combined with several years of classroom experience. Ms. Tatianna is currently completing her Child Development Associate Credential. She is best known for her positive outlook and passion.

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Ms. Nisha Murphy

Bumblebee Assistant Teacher.  Ms. Nisha recently joined HPS. She holds a Child Development Associate Credential in Preschool and has worked with two and three year olds for the past five years. Ms. Nisha loves engaging young children in socio-dramatic play and encouraging their creativity and imagination.

Butterfly Classroom Teaching Team

Ms. Tasha Brown

Butterfly Lead Teacher. Ms. Tasha holds a Child Development Credential Certificate in preschool and has currently earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at Trinity Washington University. Tasha is very passionate about the field and truly enjoys the rewards of teaching young children. She is committed to staying current in the field of ECE in order to create fun, educational and developmentally appropriate learning environments for her students. She absolutely loves music, dancing, storytelling and bringing stories to life!

Ms. Charlett Hodgson

Butterfly Assistant Teacher.  Ms. Charlett has been an assistant teacher at HPS for 7 years. As a native from Nicaragua, Charlotte brings her love of her native language and culture to the students of HPS. She is highly energetic and thoroughly enjoys the fast paced environment of the classroom.


Grasshopper Teaching Team

Ms. Jill Barefoot

Grasshopper Lead Teacher. Ms. Jill holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Florida International University. She also holds a Child Development Credential for preschool. Jill's teaching style is greatly influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. She loves integrating elements of nature and real world materials into the classroom! Jill also has a passion for providing young children with opportunities to explore their creativity, and has turned one side of the Grasshopper Classroom into an atelier!

Ms. Nicole (Nicky) Boyers

Grasshopper Assistant Teacher.  Ms. Nicky recently completed her Child Development Associate Credential with a focus in preschool development. Nicole has several years of experience working with children of all ages; primarily with preschoolers for the past five years!


Multi-Age Assistant Teacher

Ms. Dewi Fallon

Multi-Age Assistant Teacher.  She has worked with a variety of age groups throughout her tenure at HPS over the past 15 years. Originally from Thailand, Dewi can often be heard singing traditional songs from her native country with the children. Dewi is known throughout the school for her steadfast and quiet nature.