Jo Anna – Director

Jo Anna  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. She 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 is 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.

 Nicole – Kitchen Manager

Nicole has been part of the NLC team for over five 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.



Sonia – Infant Room Teacher

Sonia’s studies include a BA in Elementary Education from Shepherd University. She has worked the past five years as an Early Childhood Education teacher. 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 over 5 years. She was raised in the Philippines before moving to the USA twenty years ago. She has an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science 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.


Kaylea – Infant Room Assistant Teacher

Kaylea has always loved working with children. With family encouragement, however, she earned her Certified Nursing Associate (CNA) and worked in that field for a time but then realized that working with children was what she wanted to do for her career. Kaylea has several years of experience working with young children, including a year and a half as lead teacher for 12-18-month olds. She will be pursuing her Childhood Development Credential (CDA).


Savannah – Infant Room Assistant Teacher

Savannah has a love of children and has experience ranging from babysitting during high school, to several years in a professional environment working with 2-year olds and preschoolers. She studied early childhood development for two years in high school and is considering pursuing her Childhood Development Credential (CDA) to further her career with nurturing and teaching children.


Leslie – Infant Room Assistant Teacher

Leslie graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Political Science. In spending 32 years on the move with the Army, most of Leslie’s resume reads as a volunteer in a wide variety of positions as she and her family moved around the country and the world.



Ann – Toddler Teacher

Ann earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology from James Madison University. For the last eight years she has worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children and has specialized with toddlers and two-year olds for the last 5 years.


Danya – Toddler Teacher

Danya’s passion for education began while homeschooling her own children over 25 years ago. Her experience includes educating children through cooperative teaching grades pre-K through 8th grades, as well as tutoring reading and spelling, helping special needs children with their neurological development exercises, and working in early education day care centers. She works with Ms. Wilma in the older infant room as an Assistant Teacher.


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 attends classes and training for Childcare Development.


Elizabeth – Toddler Assistant Teacher

Elizabeth has always wanted to be a mom, and the second-best thing is being a teacher! Elizabeth was Summer Camp Director for two years at a local child care center. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education through Blue Ridge Community College.



Taylor – Toddler 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.


Kendra – Preschool Teacher

Kendra has been with the NLC for almost five years. She is currently enrolled at American Public University to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. It has always been her passion to work with children, and she strives to create a fun, loving, and educational class environment.


Shanique – Preschool Teacher

Shanique has a passion for working with children and knew that she wanted to be a teacher since a young age. She has always enjoyed being able to help others, although the biggest joy for her is the impact each child has on her. She is attending Halifax Community College.


Ashley – Preschool Teacher

Ashley is studying Advertising and Public Relations at 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.


Beth – Preschool Teacher

Beth has nearly 10 years of experience teaching preschool. She has an Early Childhood Education teaching certificate from Northern Virginia Community College and is working towards finishing her Associate’s Degree in this field. She loves this age and all the exploring, learning, and fun the children experience.


Amanda – Preschool Teacher

Amanda eared her degree in Economics from the University of Mary Washington. Throughout college, she was a leader in the University PEER Program, mentoring and guiding first-year students. She also was a member of class council and student government.


Shante – Preschool Assistant Teacher

Shante has worked in child care for over five 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.



Kim – Preschool Assistant Teacher

Kim has worked with preschool children for almost 20 years. She was a Lead Teacher for three classes of 2 1/2 year olds for 13 years, an Assistant Teacher of a 2 1/2 year old class, then a 3s Assistant Teacher, and truly loves working with this age group.



Carolyn – Pre-K Lead Teacher & Opening Supervisor

Carolyn has worked in the childcare field for over 20 years and has earned two CDAs (Child Development Associate) degrees. She has also worked as a Residential Instructor in a facility that focuses on individuals who have been traumatized, abused, and who have both physical and mental illnesses. Carolyn also has a freelance writing degree and has a passion to write all genres and recently published her first novel. These experiences combine with her desire and passion to work with children, helping to engage them in learning experiences, while having fun at the same time.

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/First Aid, and has MAT (Medication Administration Training) Certification.



Jackie – Pre-K Teacher

Jackie has earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology as well as her Master of Education from the University of Mary Washington. She brings several years of teaching experience, including substitute teaching in Loudoun County Public Schools for three years, tutoring low-income elementary school students, and teaching preschool.


Karen – After School & Summer Camp Administrator/Closing Supervisor

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.



Martha – After School Teacher 

Martha received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology with minors in both Early Childhood Education and Fine Arts from Bethany College. Her work experience includes teaching pre-K at both Montessori and private preschools, adolescent and community mental health counseling, and 13 years as a teacher’s assistant in both Early Language Learners and Special Education in the Loudoun County Public School system.

Scotty – After School Assistant Teacher

Scotty recently graduated from Loudoun Valley High School and is a member of the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad. He has been a member of the St. Andrew church community since 2012.



Lexi – Afternoon Infant Assistant Teacher & After School Assistant Teacher

Lexi graduated high school with her Associates Degree. She is currently attending Liberty University and will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Government, and Psychology. Lexi has volunteered for more than 8 years in children’s ministry through her church. She is a cheerleader with the Washington Capitals Hockey Team and enjoys the many service events they participate in, many centered around children.


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.


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 the past several years she has worked with Loudoun County Parks and Recreation in their Preschool, Toddler, and After Kindergarten programs.