Getting to Know the Specialists Team



Edie Stanton is a Math Specialist that works with grades 1-5. Her favorite part of the week is Math Team on Friday mornings where students discuss challenging math problems. She is from the Chevy Chase, MD area and currently resides there with her family. Edie attended Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. When not at school, Edie enjoys hanging out at the beach with her wife and daughters. She also loves playing games and puzzles.





Erin Duchinsky is a Math Specialist working with grades 1-5 and Mathletes of all ages. She is originally from Pennsylvania and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut before moving to the DC area. She lives in Petworth with her family, one member of which is a Great Dane named Maude. She enjoys puzzles of all kinds: logic, jigsaw, and crossword. Erin enjoys listening to and talking about music; she hosted a radio show in college and can often be found strumming a guitar.





Erika Pereira teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to students in grades PK-5th.  She lives in Silver Spring, MD; however, has lived in New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and Chile (to name a few). She’s a graduate of George Mason and American Universities. When not at school, Erika loves to travel, dance, and cook. Last summer she danced until 5 a.m. at a wedding in Colombia.






Laura Pajor is a Reading Specialist, children’s book aficionado, and former “bad speller.” Although she moved to several states during her childhood, she thinks of North Carolina as home. This summer she climbed to the top of a mountain in Maine and enjoyed the beautiful scenery: trees, lakes, and the Canadian border. An avid biker, Laura often spends her weekends biking with her sons.





Kathy Echave is a Reading Specialist and proud mother of two cool sons in their early 30s who both attended Lafayette. She is originally from Indiana; however, she lived in Englewood, New Jersey for ten years where she taught high school English and Journalism. She has lived in the Chevy Chase, DC neighborhood for many years. She is a graduate of Indiana State University and Wroxton College in England When she is not at school, Kathy often spends time playing with her one-year-old grandson, gardening, and cooking. She’s always up for finding new paths in Rock Creek Park with her dog, Jack. During her travels she has been to many ‘off-the-beaten-path’ places like Newfoundland and Labrador.​