Jo Anna – Director
Jo Anna is in her fourth year as Director of the NLC. She grew up in Alabama and received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology with a minor in Business from the University of South Alabama and a Masters of Divinity (MDIV) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jo Anna started and taught her first after school program and preschool class almost 30 years ago and has been involved in Children’s Ministry and Early Childhood Education ever since.
Lorie – Administrative Manager/Assistant Director
Lorie has been part of the NLC family for many years, beginning as the After School program lead, then spending two years assisting Ms. Carolyn in the Pre-K fours class, and is now part of the administrative team. She received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering from Wright State University. She worked at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH as both a co-op student (Aeronautical Systems Division – ASD) and Research Assistant (Aero-Space Medical Research Laboratory.), and later in Northern California as a Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space for 13 years. After 9 years abroad in Yorkshire, England, she returned to the US and Virginia in 2008 where she became a Loudoun County Master Gardener and served as the Co-Chair of the Help Desk for two years. Lorie also completed the coursework for the Paraprofessional Teacher Assistant credential which is part of the NVCC Early Childhood Education Program. Lorie and her family joined St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in 2009 where she and her husband coordinated the St. Andrew DC TOP (Teens Opposing Poverty) mission for several years – a youth mission which serves the DC homeless with food, clothing, toiletries and most importantly fellowship.
Ally – Business Manager
Ally graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from The College of William & Mary with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She spent five years as the Marketing Director for a logistics software company in Arlington, Virginia. After obtaining her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, she took on a Director of Recruiting position with a Philadelphia-based, specialized human resource recruiting company. She has been an Elder at St. Andrew, coordinated St. Andrew’s Sunday School program for several years, and finds her work at the NLC to be an extension of her love for this congregation.
Karen – Administrative Assistant
Karen has over 20 years’ experience working in a child care setting. She has attended many training courses and earned numerous child care/child development related certificates during her years working in this field. Karen maintains current Medication Administration Training (MAT), as well as current CPR/First Aid certification. She has been with the NLC for over five years.
Sonia – Infant Room Teacher
Sonia’s studies include a BA in Elementary Education from Shepherd University. She has worked the past seven years as an Early Childhood Education teacher here at the NLC. Sonia enjoys working with children, watching their dreams grow, and seeing them reach their full potential.
Wilma – Infant Room Teacher
Wilma has been a teacher at the NLC for seven years. She was raised in the Philippines before moving to the USA 27 years ago. She has an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science, and regularly takes classes in Child Care Development. Wilma is proud of what she does at The Neighborhood Learning Center and thinks teaching, nurturing, loving, and keeping children safe is the best thing she could do for them and their families.
Leslie – Infant Room Assistant Teacher
Leslie has worked at the NLC for 5 years. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Political Science. Much of her work experience comes from the variety of volunteer positions she held while on the move with the Army for 32 years. Over the years, she has also been a Scout leader, coach, and Sunday school teacher. Leslie loves watching “her” kids at the NLC grow and learn.
Ann – Toddler Teacher
Ann is a third year toddler veteran teacher here at the NLC. For the last 11 years, she has worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school agers. She has specialized in infant, toddler, and two-year old education for the past seven years. In her career before her children, Ann was in high volume retail and human resource management. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University.
Danya – Toddler Teacher
Danya’s passion for education began while homeschooling her own children over 25 years ago. She has educated children through cooperative teaching grades pre-K through 8th grades. Her experience includes tutoring reading and spelling, and helping special needs children with their neurological development exercises. For a number of years, Danya has enjoyed working in early education day care centers. She is CPR and First-Aid certified and continues her education in child development.
Ampy – Toddler Assistant Teacher
Ampy has been working with children for several years and has returned to the NLC staff after time in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband. She has always had a passion for working with and nurturing little children and finds it rewarding. Ampy is CPR and First Aid certified, and attends classes and training for Childhood Development. She is in her fourth year here at the NLC.
Elizabeth – Toddler Assistant Teacher
Elizabeth is vivacious and brings that energy and passion into working with children. Her dream job is to one day be a mom, the second best thing is being a teacher! Elizabeth was a summer camp director at an outdoor adventure center where she worked with children and adolescents to make outdoor adventure learning fun and safe. She is starting her second year at the NLC and her favorite thing to do is sing songs to the kids. Elizabeth is hoping to continue her pursuit of her degree in early and elementary education.
Amy – Preschool Teacher
Amy has always had a passion for working with children, and has been working in the childcare field for the majority of the last ten years. She began her career as an aide in a toddler room (18 months to 2 years) and now has experience working with children ranging from infancy through school age. Out of those classes, Amy has been a lead teacher in every age group from 12 months to 3-4 years, and enjoys the differences in developmental growth of each and every age group. Amy is CPR and First Aid certified, and has taken many training courses to further enhance her students’ classroom experience. She plans to go back to school online to further her career as an educator. Amy looks forward to continuing to build relationships with the many families that are a part of the Neighborhood Learning Center!
Ashley – Preschool Teacher
Ashley has earned her Bachelor Degree in Strategic Communication from Penn State University and wants to use this degree to work for children’s non-profit organizations, or become a communications teacher. She also hopes to one day get her Master’s degree and become a children’s librarian. Childcare is the first career path she has truly loved.
Bri – Preschool Teacher
Bri has worked with young children her whole life and loves watching the growth and excitement that occurs with young age groups. She has worked with infants through two-year olds since 2013. Bri recently finished her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Virginia Community College. She loves working with two-year olds and their constant curiosity, and that every day holds something new!
Caitlin – Preschool Teacher
Caitlin has earned her Associates in Early Childhood Education and is always seeking to further her education by taking additional training courses. She has worked in childcare centers for 5 1/2 years, and in childcare in general for over eight years. Caitlin is in her second year as a member of the NLC family.
Shante – Preschool Teacher
Shante has worked in child care for over six years and is CPR/First Aid certified. She loves caring for young children by creating a fun-loving environment for them to learn and grow. Shante is entering her fourth year at The Neighborhood Learning Center.
Taylor – Preschool Assistant Teacher
Taylor graduated from Clarke County High School in 2015 and since then has been a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). While she enjoyed being a CNA, Taylor wanted something different. She always loved being around young children and has been around them her entire life, finding that they bring her joy and happiness. She is in her third year as part of the NLC family.
Kim – Pre-K Teacher
Kim has worked in the childcare field for over 20 years and her primary experience is with Pre-K programs, though she also has extensive experience with school-aged children. She has completed her Early Childhood Education coursework at both Lord Fairfax Community College and JMU. She is certified in CPR and First Aid.
Kat – Assistant Pre-K Teacher
Kat started working with children at the age of 16 in her church’s child ministry with children ages 8 to 12. She is still actively involved and also helps in her church’s youth ministry. Kat feels very passionate about care-giving and decided to pursue it as a career. She is attending Lord Fairfax Community College to earn her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Kat had the great opportunity to work as an assistant in her first learning center, then as a toddler assistant teacher. She finished her Career Studies Certificate while working as a toddler teacher and is also First Aid and CPR certified. Kat feels very blessed to work at the NLC.
Jasmine – Summer Camp Teacher
Jasmine earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Bridgewater College. She has worked in child care for seven years, including several years here at the NLC during summers and breaks from school. Jasmine joins us as the lead teacher for the summer camp program.
Susan – After School Teacher
Susan has worked with children for over 20 years. She has experience all ages, from infant up through school agers, with particular experience with Pre-K. Susan has earned her CDA and remains current with it annually, and is CPR/First Aid certified. Susan works with the school agers in the afternoon.
Nicole – Cook
Nicole has been part of the NLC team for over seven years. She is the Kitchen Manager and Cook and is also a bus driver. She has completed many certificates of training while here at the NLC, including ServSafe certification and CPR/First Aid, and has enjoyed watching the children grow and thrive in our community.
Karen – Resource Teacher
Karen been teaching preschool for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Early Childhood Education, and is active in a small United Methodist church where she teaches Sunday School, is her church Treasurer, and is a lay leader. She is CPR/First Aid certified, as well as MAT (Medication Administration Training) certified.
Hillary – AM Float & Substitute Teacher
Hillary has worked with young children her whole adult life and loves watching them grow and learn different things. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education along with a minor in Special Education from the University of North Dakota. During her time in North Dakota she worked as an assistant in an Early Childhood Special Education preschool before moving out to the East Coast. Since then, Hillary has had many experiences with children through age infant through preschool. She loves working with all kids and their constant curiosity and enjoys that every day holds something new!
Rachel – Floater
Rachel graduated from Woodgrove High School in 2017. She enjoys caring for children and helping them learn and grow and has been taking care of children for 8 years. She is CPR and First Aid certified and continues taking courses to expand her knowledge of childcare.
Larkin – Teacher’s Aide
Larkin earned her Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Northern Virginia Community College. She has volunteered extensively with St. Andrew’s children and youth through the years, including teaching Sunday School and assisting with Vacation Bible School. For several years she worked with Loudoun County Parks and Recreation in their Preschool, Toddler, and After Kindergarten programs. Larkin is in her second year here at the NLC.