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.
Ally – Business Manager
Ally graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from The College of William and Mary and earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. Ally worked five years as the Director of Marketing at a logistics software company, spent several years as an executive recruiter, and has lots of experience as a mom. She is a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church where she has served as Sunday School Coordinator, Elder, Ministry Team Member, as well as two terms on the Nominating Committee, and she sees her work at the NLC as an extension of her love and service to the St. Andrew 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.
Ampy – Toddler 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.
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.
Elizabeth – Toddler 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.
Ann Marie – Toddler Assistant Teacher
Ann Marie has worked in the child care field since her own children were small and she started an in-home daycare business. She considers caring for children her calling, and enjoys working with children of all ages.
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.
Dorothy – Preschool Teacher
Dorothy has been working with children for the past sixteen years. She has earned her CDA (Child Development Associate), is MAT (Medication Administration Training) trained, and also both CPR and First Aid certified.
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.
Mariah – Assistant Preschool Teacher
Mariah’s background includes early childhood education and social work credits received from Shepherd University, which she hopes to finish. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Mariah has worked with children of all ages for over 10 years. Mariah believes that our children are the future, and she is very excited for all the exploring, learning and fun she and the children she cares for will get to have together.
Kat – 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.
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.
Jasmine – School Age Learning Facilitator
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 – School Age Learning Facilitator
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.
Taylor – Assistant School Age Learning Facilitator
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.
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 – Morning Opener
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!
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.