Jo Anna – Director
Hi, my name is Jo Anna.
I grew up in Alabama and received my BA in Psychology with a minor in Business from the University of South Alabama and an MDIV from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
I started and taught my first after school program and preschool class almost thirty years ago. I have been involved in Children’s Ministry and Early Childhood Education ever since. We lived in Northern Virginia for 13 years before moving to Charles Town, West Virginia this past year.
I married Carson 27 years ago, and we have two adult daughters: Jessica who works for the Shakespeare Theater Company in DC, and Anna who works at Nickelodeon in NYC.
I love traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends, and I love Alabama football!
Lorie – Administrative Manager/Assistant Director
Hello, I’m Lorie.
I have been part of the NLC family for many years. I began as the After School program lead, spent two years assisting Ms. Carolyn in the Pre-K fours class, and am now part of the administrative team where I have been working these past few years.
I received a BS in Engineering from Wright State University. I 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.). Later we moved to Northern California where I worked as a Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space for 13 years. After adopting two beautiful children (both young adults now), we moved to North Yorkshire, England. After 9 years abroad, we returned to the US and Virginia in 2008. I am a Yank – born and bred in Amherst, Massachusetts! Go Pats!!! I have spent part of every summer in Maine as far back as I can remember.
Once settled in VA, I became a Loudoun County Master Gardener (Class of 2010.). I served as the Co-Chair of the Help Desk for two years. I also completed the coursework for the Paraprofessional Teacher Assistant credential which is part of the NVCC Early Childhood Education Program. We joined St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in 2009. My children participated in WAC and the youth programs, and my dear husband (of 25 years) and I 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.
I am very thankful to be part of the NLC team – A dedicated team of teachers, administrators, staff and families who strive to create an outstanding program filled with love and enriching opportunities which meet the needs of the children in our care.
Ally – Business Manager
Hi! My name is Ally.
As the Business Manager at the NLC, I’m in charge of most of the paperwork that flows through the building, ensuring that our files are kept up-to-date, social media is updated, and lots of other back office duties that others might find tedious but I actually find kind of fun!
I graduated with a BA from The College of William & Mary with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology, and obtained my MBA from The University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business several years later. I’ve been married to my husband, Don, for 19 years and we have one amazing son who is 9 years old and entering the fourth grade. I was born and raised inside the Beltway and have lived in Virginia almost my entire life, save a brief 2 year stint in Greensboro, NC. My hobbies include knitting, reading, and travel – I’ve been to 49 of the 50 U.S. states and hope to get the last one (Oregon) soon!
I’m an Elder at St. Andrew, a Sunday School teacher, and find my work at the NLC to be a fantastic extension of my love for this congregation. I’m blessed to be a part of the NLC community!
Nicole – Kitchen Manager
Hello, my name is Nicole.
I have been employed with the NLC now for five years. I am currently the Kitchen Manager and am also a bus driver.
I live in Paris, VA with my boyfriend of 18 years and our two daughters. Madison is 15 years old and is in the 10th grade, and Emilie who is 8 years old and in the 3rd grade.
I have completed and received many certificates of training while here at the NLC, and have enjoyed my time here, watching the children grow and thrive in our community!
Sonia – Infant Room Teacher
Hello, my name is Sonia.
I am so grateful and so blessed to be an Early Childhood Education teacher at the Neighborhood Learning Center. I have two beautiful daughters who are both in middle school. They keep my life very fun, active and wonderful! We moved to West Virginia from Wasilla, Alaska in 2008.
My studies include a BA in Elementary Education from Shepherd University. I have worked the past four years as an Early Childhood Education teacher. I enjoy working with children, watching their dreams grow, and seeing them reach their full potential. It has been my creativity, passion for knowledge, and the most amazing students who have made my dreams of teaching a remarkable experience!
I enjoy camping, the outdoors, horses, family, and DIY projects for fun! My goal is to continue growing as a professional so I may give your child the best possible learning experience and have a positive impact on them to help them grow. I love to make each day a great one, and I look forward to creating many special memories with you and your child throughout the year! Thank you so much and many blessings.
Kaitlin – Infant Room Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Kaitlin.
I have recently relocated to the Winchester area with my husband, Josh, and our pug (Bennett) and cat (Lewis).
I have worked in the childcare field for three years, and love how children teach me new things everyday!
In my spare time I like to read, go to farmers’ markets/craft shows, spend time with my family, and work on crafts! I am also a huge Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan, as well as UVA.
Ann – Toddler Teacher
Hi! My name is Ann.
I’m from Norfolk, VA. I have a B.S. in Psychology from JMU. I live in Leesburg, Virginia. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Lyle, for almost 24 years. We have a sixteen-year-old daughter and an eleven-year-old son.
Before kids, I was in retail management and human resources. After kids, I was a stay at home mom for eight years. For the last eight years I have worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children. I have specialized with toddlers and two-year olds for the last 5 years.
By the way, I’m a die-hard JMU Dukes, Capitals, Nationals, and Dallas Cowboys fan.
Ashley – Toddler Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Ashley.
I have worked almost every kind of job out there from office work to waitressing to retail management, and childcare is the first career path I have truly loved. Professionally, the last year-and-a-half has been amazing!
Almost two years ago, I married my best friend Eric, and we live in Leesburg, VA with our extremely spoiled boxer-mix named Ruthie. I am studying Advertising and Public Relations at Penn State University and want to use this degree to work for children’s non-profit organizations, or become a communications teacher. I also hope to one day get my Master’s degree and become a children’s librarian, but we will have to see where life takes me. In my spare time, I enjoy writing and sewing my own clothes.
I have loved working at NLC this summer, and look forward to the up-coming school year!
Anne – Toddler Teacher
Hi, my name is Anne.
I will be working in the older Toddler room at the NLC. I have been working in child care for over 20 years. I am currently CPR/First Aid trained. My BA is from Northern Illinois University.
I am married and have 2 wonderful children. My husband, Josh, and I have been married for 16 years. My son Ethan is 14 and will be a freshman at Loudoun County High School in the Fall. My daughter Emma is 11 and she will be starting at Simpson Middle School in the Fall.
I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know each of the families at the NLC.
Lee – Toddler Assistant Teacher
Hello! My name is Lee.
I am a mother of two sweet children.
I have been working with children for years. I am passionate about teaching young learners, and I am currently working on my CDA certificate.
Three years ago, my family and I moved from Ashburn, VA to Maryland. Prior to coming to the NLC I had worked at a preschool in Brambleton for six years, and then chose to stay at home for a short time after my second child was born.
I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing and loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that help build their confidence. I also feel fortunate and blessed to work with an amazing team of teachers and wonderful parents.
I look forward to the new school year and the discoveries we will make together.
Kendra – Preschool Teacher
Hello! My name is Kendra.
I am so thrilled to be entering my fourth-year teaching at the NLC with the two-year old children. It has always been my passion to work with children, and I strive to create a fun, loving, and educational class environment for them.
I am currently enrolled at American Public University to obtain my Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, and I recently completed coursework toward earning my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
I was born and raised in Loudoun County, VA, but currently reside in West Virginia along with my two children. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, reading, and all things having to do with nature.
I am excited to have the opportunity to teach your children and look forward to watching them learn and flourish in my class!
Shanique – Preschool Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Shanique.
I am 22 years old and have a passion for working with children. I have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little kid. I’ve always enjoyed being able to help others, although the biggest joy for me is the impact each child has on me.
I started attending Halifax Community College to work on my degree in Early Childhood Education.
Outside of work I love to spend time with my nieces and sisters. I also enjoy spending time with my dog, Kago.
I will be supporting both Ms. Kendra and Ms. Laura’s Preschool classes.
Beth – Preschool Teacher
My name is Beth.
This will be my first year at The Neighborhood Learning Center; however, I have nearly 10 years of experience teaching preschool.
I love this age and all the exploring, learning, and fun we will have. I have an Early Childhood Education teaching certificate from Northern Virginia Community College. I am working towards finishing my Associate’s Degree in this field as well.
I am a Disney brat – I was born and raised in Florida, where I met my husband, Ray. Together we have four beautiful children: Taylor (28), Brianna (22) – who was married this summer, Kaela (16), and Jacob (12). We moved to Virginia in 2004, so my husband could pursue his computer engineering career.
I enjoy reading, baking, and art. I am an avid hunter and archery lover. I love soccer and everything about it. I can often be found on the weekends looking for various treasures at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market off Route 340 by the Tractor Supply. I feel truly blessed to be able to work with your children this year and to help them grow.
Karen – Preschool Teacher
I have been teaching preschool for 20 years. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education. I am a newcomer to Loudoun County by native standards – 32 years. I teach Sunday School, am my church Treasurer, and a lay leader in a small United Methodist church.
My husband is a wine maker by profession. I have two grown children – both married. I am CPR/First Aid certified, as well as MAT (Medication Administration Training) certified. My cat’s name is Hairy (because he has long fur all over).
This will be my first year at the NLC and I look forward to meeting all of your children.
Shante – Preschool Assistant Teacher
I was born and raised in Leesburg, Virginia. I’m a mother to three children and to my little cousin who I adopted 5 years ago. I have worked in child care for over five years. I love caring for young children by creating a fun loving environment for them to learn and grow!
Kim – Preschool Assistant Teacher
I am the 3’s Assistant Teacher for both Ms. Karen and Ms. Beth. This will be my 17th year working with preschool children. I 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. I truly love working with this age group.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Randy, for nearly 37 years. We moved from Charlottsville to Leesburg in 1987 and have raised three sons, Justin (33), Ryan (29), and Myles (24). I am also a grandmother of three awesome grandchildren. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, meditative drawing, and playing disc golf with my family.
This is my first year at the NLC and I am looking forward to watching your child grow.
Carolyn – Pre-K Teacher
Hello, my name is Carolyn.
I have been blessed working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I have two CDAs (Child Development Associate). I have also worked as a Residential Instructor in a facility that focuses on individuals that have been traumatized, abused, and have both physical and mental illnesses combined.
I have a freelance writing degree and have a passion to write all genres. I recently published my first novel last year. My other hobbies include drawing, art, wood burning, and being outdoors (hiking, camping, etc…).
These qualities, I believe benefit and help with my desire and passion to work with children. They help engage in learning experiences that both the children and I can and will learn from, while having fun at the same time. I look forward to working with both you and your children.
Kamilah – Pre-K Teacher
Hello! I’m Kamilah.
Teaching is an absolute passion of mine! I am so excited to work with you and your child! It’s going to be a year full of fun, learning and lots of adventures and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us! I thought you might like to know a little bit about me.
I am married to my wonderful husband, David. We have two daughters and a son. Jyana (11yrs) will be in sixth grade, Mikalah (6yrs) will be in second grade and Jordan (5yrs) will be in Kindergarten. They take up most of my free time, but some hobbies that I enjoy are dancing, reading and spending time with friends.
I am from Jamaica but have lived in United States for many years. I currently live in Leesburg. I attended the Glenmuir High School (Jamaica). I have a Diploma in Education from St. Joseph’s Teachers College in Jamaica and a B.Sc. in Education from Western Carolina University in North Carolina.
I have been teaching children ranging from preschool to sixth grade for fifteen years. I am very excited to the join The Neighborhood Learning Center team this year! It is my mission to install a love for learning in my students. I attempt to teach with passion for my students to develop a desire to become lifelong learners. It is important to keep communication open between us and I would love to talk whenever you feel the need.
I look forward to a great year together!
Meghan – Pre-K Assistant Teacher
Hi, my name is Meghan.
I recently started at the NLC. I have been in child care for over five years now and I absolutely love it.
I am living in West Virginia with my boyfriend and our animals. I am a volunteer with Loudoun County Fire and Rescue. I spend my free time riding horses and being outdoors!
My goal is to continue growing as a professional so I may give your child the best learning experience and have a positive impact on them to help them grow. I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the year!
Karen – After School & Summer Camp Administrator/Teacher
Hello, my name is Karen.
I have been employed with NLC now for two and a half years. I have over 20 years’ experience working in a child care setting.
I recently moved to Shenandoah Junction in West Virginia. I have been married for 16 years and currently do not have any children of my own. I have a Beagle dog named Chance who is one of the family.
I have attended many training courses and earned many child care/child development related certificates during my years working in this field.
At the NLC, I oversee the After School and Summer Camp programs. I am also the PM Supervisor.
Stacey – After School Teacher (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)
Hello! My name is Stacey.
For the school year of 2017-2018, I will be wearing two hats: In the mornings, I will assist in the Pre-K class, while in the afternoons, I will be the After School Teacher for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade children.
I have been working as a teacher for five years. I am currently attending classes to receive my CDA. I am looking forward to taking classes that focus on children who have special needs. I believe all children are important and I love teaching.
I am a single mother with three children of my own. In our spare time, my family and I love to play sports, go swimming, take long walks, and workout together.
I am looking forward to being a part of your child’s life, and I pray for everyone to have a wonderful and safe school year.
Martha – After School Assistant Teacher (2nd – 5th Grades)
Hello! I am Martha.
I am returning to the Neighborhood Learning Center for my third year with the After School program.
I received my BA in Psychology with minors in both Early Childhood Education and Fine Arts from Bethany College.
My work experience includes Pre-K teaching at Montessori and private preschools, adolescent and community mental health counseling and thirteen years as a teacher’s assistant in both Early Language Learners and Special Education here in the Loudoun County Public School system.
I am a native Virginian and have raised my family here in Loudoun for the past twenty-five years. My hobbies include hiking, kayaking, crafts, scrabble, reading and attending musical events. I truly enjoy your children and look forward to another year with them.
Christian – After School Assistant Teacher (Kindergarten – 1st Grade)
Hi, I am Christian.
I started working at the NLC last year while I was still a senior in high school. I am a Teacher’s Assistant in the School Age and Summer Camp programs.
Before working at the NLC I have worked as a Summer Camp counselor. This year I will be a student at NOVA and will help Ms. Stacey in the Kindergarten and 1st Grade program.
Hi! My name is Wilma.
I have been with the NLC for four years now. I started as an Assistant Teacher in the Butterfly Tree for my first two years, and was a Lead Teacher in the younger toddler room for another two. I’ve recently moved to a part-time, more flexible schedule in order to spend more time with my family.
I am 47 years old and was raised in the Philippines before moving to the U.S.A 20 years ago. My husband and I have two beautiful girls, Angeline (17 years old) and Raquel (13 years old).
My hobbies are dancing and cooking. I love outdoor sports like white water rafting, zip lining, and horseback riding.
I have an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science and have been taking classes in Child Care Development regularly.
I am so proud of what I do here at The Neighborhood Learning Center. I think teaching, nurturing, loving, and keeping children safe is the best thing I could do for them and their families. Thank you.
Karoll – Floater
First and foremost, I am a mother to a wonderful son. He’s a full-time student and getting excellent grades! I’ve always loved children, but once I had my son my affection for children and my desire to nurture them and provide them emotional and intellectual development really kicked in.
As a teenager I was a gymnastics coach to many young children which is where I first learned I had the ability to interact in a fun, constructive way with children. After my son reached middle school I began working in a home day care setting where I cared for toddlers and elementary aged children. From that point, professionally I’ve held many other occupations including retail manager, but my heart was always with child care. I’m so happy I made the choice to return to child care, and look forward to my future in this position.
I am English/Spanish bilingual and can pick up on Italian, Portuguese, French, etc. Latin-based languages. I love the beach and love to travel. I’m a dog lover, and I LOVE to take pictures!