Kiki Butler: Payne Elementary

“Coach B” is bringing her experience as a mentor and camp counselor to Playworks DC as an AmeriCorps coach! Her thoughtful approach to facilitation and leadership reflect her favorite Playworks core value, respect, throughout everything she does. When she’s not playing Everybody’s It Tag, you can find her cheering on her favorite team, the Washington Redskins.


Emily Goldhammer: Bancroft Elementary

“Coach Em,” a Williamsburg, VA native, is excited to be returning as a second year AmeriCorps member with Playworks. Formerly an adaptive swim instructor, she enjoys helping children find confidence through physical activity and play. She excels at using play to develop a healthy recess community at her school and beyond. After Playworks, Coach Em hopes to work in a team-focused sports-based youth development field with an emphasis on resources/opportunities for underprivileged children.


Kenny Duff: Brightwood Education Campus

“Coach Duff” is an expert at helping kids come out of their comfort zones at recess and in general. His experience as a youth rehabilitation representative and therapeutic counselor shows in his compassion and commitment to spreading the core value of respect throughout his school community. Not only is Coach Duff a recess rockstar, he’s also a blackbelt in Tang Soo Do Moo Da Kwan!


Michael Johnson: Raymond Education Campus

“Coach Mike” brings his passion for sports and youth development to everything he does with Playworks DC. Formerly a substitute PE teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, he focused on establishing two-way, student-focused communication that empowered his students to enjoy the learning process. Michael graduated from North Carolina A&T University in 2012 with a degree in Sports Science and Sports Management.



Aaron Smoot: LaSalle Backus Education Campus

“Coach Aaron” can’t wait to rock it out at recess this year!  Originally from Bowie, MD, Aaron has experience serving youth as a tutor and camp counselor. He loves building healthy community through team based recess games like basketball.  His favorite place in DC is Gallery Place where he can watch his favorite team, the Orlando Magic, take on the local Washington Wizards.