Who We Are

Meredith Gooch


Meredith is a North Carolina native and Elon grad, who, after teaching in her home state, decided to make the move to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to teach in DC Public Schools.

Meredith has held numerous leadership positions within schools, and in tandem with full-time teaching, has been an instructional coach for LearnZillion and the DC Common Core Collaborative.

Meredith enjoys time spent with her husband and son, and their dog, Bantry. Favorite activities include exploring trails and running to local coffee shops!

Meredith can often be found with her head in a book (Children’s Lit is her favorite genre, if you can believe it).

Damon Gooch

Book Busy’s
Financial Manager

Gooch Family

Our Academic Specialists

Ashley Boyle

Ashley grew up in Manassas, Virginia. When she is not teaching, Ashley can be found hiking and/or traveling- usually these hobbies overlap! Some of her favorite trips include Peru and Zion National Park. Ashley is an avid historian, reader, and pizza-eater.

Carly Smith

Carly is from Fairfield, Connecticut, a small suburban beach town just outside of New York City. She can be found practicing and teaching yoga at Yoga Del Sol in Georgetown, attending musicals at the Kennedy Center, or laughing with friends over coffee at one of DC’s cozy cafes. She also loves dogs of all kinds.

Erica Geppert

Erica grew up in a few states, but spent most of her childhood in Maryland. She enjoys fitness, yoga, listening to ’80s music, and attending concerts. She thinks The Doobie Brothers have put on the best show so far!

Gemma Pearson

Gemma was born in England, but was raised in Williamsburg, Virginia. She came to the D.C. area to complete her degrees from George Mason University. Gemma enjoys reading and Zumba, and she is not afraid to do anything to make her students smile!

Jose Martin

Jose is from Salamanca, Spain, the city with the third oldest university in the world. He moved to Washington, DC to work as a Spanish teacher. In his free time, Jose plays and coaches soccer. He loves traveling, and has visited more than 75 countries!

Meaghan Walsh

Meaghan is from Manchester, Connecticut and went to UConn. She lives in Arlington with her rescue dog, Finley. Meaghan and Finley love to run around the National Mall and go on hikes (when they are not hosting costume parties)!

Ross Coneybeer

Ross is from San Francisco, California.  After graduating from UC Berkeley, he made the cross-country trek to DC, visiting many iconic spots along the way. He loves animals, and in his spare time he can be found reading or exploring Rock Creek Park.