BA, Childhood Education, University of Texas
Masters, Education/Administration, University of Virginia
I love being a member of the BNS family! I have fond memories of when I was a co-oping parent, and now I still get to work every day with such terrific teachers, parents and children.
Before my time at BNS, I spent many years teaching young children – pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and third grade. After taking a break from teaching when my children were young, I was fortunate to find a way back to Bannockburn Nursery School.
When I am not at BNS, I love spending time with my husband, Peter, and my two teenage children, Zach and Rachel, both at Walt Whitman High School – and our dog, Clifford. We enjoy going on hikes/walks, traveling to new areas and to Bethany Beach, watching movies, dining in and out, and exploring new areas together.
BS, Elementary Education, Ohio Wesleyan University
Though I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with a degree in Elementary Education, my first jobs out of college were in special events and fundraising. I knew teaching would always be there for me and was the perfect profession to ease back into the working world once my children grew older.
I have been at BNS for the last six years, teaching the two- and three-year-old class. I have created an environment where both students and parents can feel comfortable with the classroom experience. Through a daily routine of songs, art, circle time and free play, my students learn to feel safe, confident and ready to explore. The children learn to play with others with many opportunities to explore self expression, taking turns, problem solving, and functioning as a group. The mixed age class also gives my little ones the chance to share knowledge and step into a leadership role when they are ready.
I really enjoy teaching in a cooperative school. The students take such pride in sharing their classroom with their parents. Plus, parents really enjoy interacting with their children, as well as their classmates. Every couple of weeks, they get to see firsthand what we are learning.
Outside the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband Mac and I have two children in college. I love walking our dog on the canal, trying new restaurants, baking and practicing yoga.
BS, Pennsylvania State University
Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education from the College of Notre Dame, Maryland MA, Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction, McDaniel College
It is an honor to be a part of such a warm and welcoming community at BNS. I am thrilled to be working with the three- and four- year-olds in the Saplings class. I had the opportunity to be a parent in a co-op for my own children and saw first hand how special it can be to see your child in a school setting, work closely with teachers and other parents and be such a big part of the classroom community.
I have worked in various settings over the course of my career in education, having taught kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, transitional first grade, preschool , third grade, and adults. I recently returned to working in the private preschool setting where my career started many years ago and I couldn’t be happier! In the summers, I teach continuing education classes at Trinity College which is really fun, too.
I live close by in Bethesda with my husband Matt; our twin sons Ethan and Sam who attend Wyngate E.S.; and our dogs, Peanut, Ollie, and Abbie. In my spare time, I enjoy reading novels, going to the movies and taking long walks with my dogs and family. I also love cooking, traveling and hanging out with friends.
Mighty Oaks Teacher
BA, Geography, University of Texas
MA, Elementary Education, University of North Texas
Shortly after completing graduate school and a K-8 teacher-certification program, I moved from Texas to the Washington D.C. area to work in the National Zoo’s Office of Education. Subsequent to that position, I continued on the environmental education/wildlife conservation tract, working in the nonprofit sector for Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States and Project WILD. In addition to nonprofit work, I gained much-needed classroom experience by teaching for three years in a first-grade classroom.
I now feel fortunate to be part of the BNS community. I live just down the road from BNS with my husband, Mike, two daughters, Maddy and Michaela, and our dog, Tucker.
When my daughters were preschool age, they attended a cooperative nursery school. It didn’t take long for me to realize the many benefits associated with this type of learning environment. While co-oping, I could observe and interact with the girls, their preschool friends and other parents in a setting that was both safe and welcoming. Equally important, when I was not in the classroom, my daughters learned to rely on their teacher, as well as the parents of other preschool students.
Families become part of a learning community in a cooperative setting; one that provides a safe environment for young kids to develop trust in themselves and others — an important life lesson early in life!
Lunch Bunch Teacher
BS, Early Childhood Development and Education, The University of Delaware
MS, Family Studies, The University of Maryland
As a former BNS parent and co-oper, I am thrilled to join the BNS staff as the Lunch Bunch teacher. I taught for MCPS at Bannockburn Elementary for nine years (first grade for six years and kindergarten for three years). In my spare time, I enjoy cheering on my boy/girl twins (Colin & Carleigh) at their various sports games with my husband Jeff. I also enjoy playing with the family cat, volunteering at school and church, and taking family trips. It's always fun to see the BNS community around in Bethesda since we live nearby!
Music and Lunch Bunch Teacher
BS, Government and Japanese Studies, The College of William and Mary
Music has always been an important part of my life both at home and at school. In college, I performed with the Christopher Wren Singers, a co-ed student run a cappella group on campus, and before that, I was active in the high school and church choirs growing up. Additionally, I received the Monbusho Scholarship from the Japanese Government to study abroad for one year at Kanazawa University in Kanazawa, Japan. In March of 2011, I completed my training as a Music Together instructor, before joining BNS as the Music teacher in 2015.
Prior to becoming the music teacher for BNS, I held several different positions working with children, including teaching music for other cooperative preschools, coaching swimming and working with the Fairfax Government Childcare Center. I was also a parent volunteer for my son’s preschool when he was young, teaching Japanese. I really enjoyed using music to teach Japanese and am having even more fun with the children using music to learn stories, develop gross and fine motor skills, have fun and most importantly to spark a lifetime appreciation and love of music.
I am the mother of two sons, and have chosen to be very active with the Cub Scouts through my younger son. I have been the Cub Master of Pack 210 of North Potomac, responsible for planning and leading meetings and activities for over 50 elementary school aged boys and their families and also the den leader for the Webelos in which my younger son, Justin, is a member. We also spend a lot of time playing, watching, living and breathing baseball! My older son, William, plays on a travel baseball team in Olney, MD and on his high school team. Our baseball family is a lot like the BNS family – we spend a lot of time cheering on our kids!
Classroom and Lunch Bunch Aide, Camp Teacher
Yaroslavl State University, Russia
Originally from Yaroslavl, Russsia, I have been part of the Bannockburn Nursery School community since 2000. I began at BNS as a cooping parent when my son Vlad was a preschooler, then continued on as an aid at the school. I now enjoy working as a classroom and Lunch Bunch Aide, as well as a teacher during the Summer Fun program.
When I am not at BNS, I also enjoy working with older adults, reading and spending time with my husband, Alexander, and son, Vlad.