OUR TEACHERS

Ms. Adriana Carvajal

Adriana was born in Costa Rica where she grew up around her big loving family who still lives there and she misses terribly! During high school, Adriana worked in an orphanage in Santana where her love for children first began. While working there, she realized she wanted to make a career of working with children and started her education at the University of Costa Rica. In 2000 her father was transferred to the US and Adriana got started right away teaching Spanish to home school families.

In 2002 her daughter Mia was born followed by her son Markus in 2004. What she loves most is being a mom and how much her children motivate her to continue learning. She enjoys working with children and watching their skills and imagination to develop and grow!

Adriana resides in Gainesville with her children and 2 cats Willow and Stella. She loves playing with her kids, reading, taking nature walks, and going to the beach. She also enjoys visiting Costa Rica and her family when ever she can.

Ms. Adriana started with Daytime Playtime in January 2007 and has brought a wonderful energy to our program. She incorporates the Spanish language in exciting ways into her classes as well as focuses on learning through hands on activities and allowing children to use their imagination.

Alice Walker    Mrs. Alice Walker

She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to Virginia with her husband Eric in 2005. She is the mother of three children Whitney, Seth and Lindsey. She is also the grandmother of 3 wonderful boys Julien, Destin and Nathaniel. She resides in Gainesville, Va. with her husband and two youngest children.

She started her teaching career in 1991 at Maranatha Christian School in Marrero, La. using the Abeka Curriculum educating 4-year-old. She remained a teacher there until June 2000. Her husband and her along with her family moved to Atlanta, GA where she worked as a director of an afternoon care and tutoring program for ages 5 to 14. Her family remained there for one year and then relocated back to Louisiana.

She started teaching at Marrero Christian School in 2001 and remained there until Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Her family evacuated to Manassas, Virginia. she started working at Rainbow Station in Haymarket Va. in 2008. She taught 4-year old there using the Playworks Curriculum for 2 years and then was promoted to teaching their Kindergarten Program using the Starfall Curriculum. She remained there until February 2015.

She started working at Daytime Playtime in September 2015 where she currently is a Lead teacher for one of the 4-year old Ladybug classes. She has learned by experience of teaching that in order to foster an environment for learning you must exhibit patience and love. Teaching young children is challenging, however it is very rewarding watching them grow and become confident.

It is her desire to create an atmosphere that is conducive to developmental growth. She welcomes the opportunity to develop a good teacher/parent relationship.

Her goal for Pre-K is to encourage a positive attitude, create a healthy appetite for learning and help build confidence in children's ability to succeed.

Brittany Wilson    Ms. Brittany Wilson

Ms. Brittany is the oldest of five girls, and grew up overseas in England. She has always loved working with children and has been doing it for many years since she grew up with such a large family. She has a background in early childhood education.

She wants to expand her education into child psychology. Ms. Brittany loves to sing and write. She took eight and a half years of voice lessons, and many years of writing classes.

Ms. Brittany doesn't have any children of her own yet, but cannot wait to have them one day and in the meantime, cares for and loves all of her students as if they were her own.

Jessica Simmons    Ms. Jessica Simmons

Ms. Jessica is from Haymarket VA born and raised here. She has two daughters, Savannah and Mckenzi who love gymnastics and riding four wheelers. Jessica is also a mom to two horses Trigger and Star and a dog named Cam. Her free time, it's mostly spent with her family and animals. Traveling is also a passion of hers, anywhere warm is where she loves to be.

Summer and Fall are her favorite times of the year. Cooking and photography she enjoys during her spare time.

At a young age of sixteen she started working for a daycare and enjoyed learning about children. She also has been a nanny for many of families. After graduating from Stone Wall Jackson High in 2003 she had an interest in the medical field.

She became a medical tech at a local doctor office where she worked for seven years, then she found her way back to her passion of the love she has for children. Working here at Daytime Playtime where she is happy working with the two year old's.

She looks forward to seeing there smiles and enjoys making a difference in their little world.

Gretchen McKenzie    Ms. Gretchen

Ms. Gretchen loves being the daughter of a naval officer, Gretchen and her younger brothers traveled a lot! Up and down the East coast and a tour in Naples, Italy. Upon her dad's retirement when Gretchen was in high school they settled into life in Fairfax, Virginia. After getting married Gretchen and her husband Bruce moved to Fauquier County and have made it their home for the last 26 years.

It was while Gretchen and Bruce working at a bank together that they both were encouraged to volunteer in the community. This service to humanity lead Gretchen to become President of her local Junior Chamber of Commerce. And this in turn lead her to a career change by working with adults with mental illness and or intellectual delays. Thus began a teaching path by helping these individuals to see their community resources and to teach the community how to understand their need to belong to the community.

After 18 years of marriage and being a foster parent to many, Gretchen and her husband adopted a baby girl at birth. A true blessing and as she grows, quite an enjoyable handful. When Anna needed to attend preschool Gretchen decided to make yet another change in her career path and began working at Anna'a preschool. Her love of children keeps Gretchen excited about teaching and helping children to realize their potential through encouragement and respect.

JJ Teganini    Ms. JJ Teganini

JJ Teganini was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but has lived in northern Virginia for over 30 years. She and her family have been members of the Haymarket community sinch 2004. JJ graduated from Radford University in 1995. She worked in the Education Products department at America Online until deciding to stay home and raise her family. As her children grew, she opened a daycare out of her home, which she ran for 6 years. She cared for multiple children whose ages ranged from 6 weeks to 4 years.

JJ resides in Haymarket with her husband, Joey, and 3 children... Joey Jr. 12, Jordan 9, and Josh 7. All of her children are Daytime Playtime alumni! When not working, JJ enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Laura Smith    Ms. Laura Smith

Ms. Laura is one of the few Haymarket natives left in the area. She earned her bachelor's degree from Lander University, a small school in South Carolina and has started her Master's degree in Special Education at GMU.

Between teaching preschool, substitute teaching, coaching gymnastics and cheerleading and running camp programs she has over 15 years of experience working with children.

This is her second year teaching at Daytime Playtime. Her biggest blessing are being a wife and mother of two wonderful young boys, Blake and Bradley and a silly yellow lab, Piper.

Lisa Doheney    Ms. Lisa Doheney

Lisa was born and raised in Manassas, Virginia. Lisa knew at an early age she wanted to make a difference in children's lives. She worked as a nanny, volunteered at libraries and at local churches. In the early 2000's, she went to work in the daycare sector. In 2004, she received a job transfer to Florida as a Health and Safety Coordinator and a Tutorial Specialist for Kindercare Learning Centers. It was the start of a new chapter in her life. She enjoyed living by the beach, meeting new people and experiencing Florida as a Floridian.

In 2007, she realized instead of watching children grow, she wanted to teach children. She moved back to Virginia to earn her associate's degree in Social Science with a Specialization in Teacher Education from Northern VA Community College. Lisa continued her education to George Mason University, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Elementary Education in 2010. She worked in the Prince William County School System conduction student observations and student teaching focusing directly in Kindergarten. Lisa has been with Daytime Playtime since 2010 teaching the Jr. Kindergarten program.

She currently resides in Woodbridge, VA with her husband Sean and their daughter Lexi along with their dog. Her hobbies include: scrapbooking, photography, traveling and learning about History. Her personal goal is to install a love of learning that once was installed in her. She embraces teaching as a chance to inspire and empower the children around her.

Nicole Bailey    Ms. Nicole Bailey

Ms. Nicole has worked with young children for twenty plus years. She began working as a nanny with a great family in her hometown Virginia Beach.

Her husband's job transferred him to the Northern Virginia area, where they began their own little family. When her son was a year old she decided to go back to work and started out as an Assistant Principle at a private school. In less than a year she moved up to the position of Director for a local daycare chain, allowing her to work while having her children with her.

Nicole is very passionate about early childhood education and has always felt grateful to work in a field that she loves. After more than ten years of working for the daycare, she knew it was time for a change. She was so excited when offered the opportunity to join the Daytime Playtime family. This allowed her to continue in the field that she loves while not enduring the stress of daycares.

When Nicole's attention is not on young children's education she enjoys reading, journaling, hiking, and being with her family.

Renee Forero    Ms. Renee Forero

Ms. Renee attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where she studied Elementary Education. When she moved to Virginia she took a job outside of her education studies in the field of property management. She was employed in property management for fifteen years until the birth of her daughter. Her most valuable experience with children has been more hands on starting with family. She enjoys being an active Aunt in the lives of her nieces and nephew. She enjoyed many weekends "playing Mommy" and learning from them. The helped her prepare for her most beloved role of Mother to her own two wonderful children Juliana and Joshua. Raising her children alongside of her husband Franco has been the most rewarding and educational experience of her life.

Ms. Renee has been working at Daytime Playtime since 2011. Surrounding herself with other women who love children is a constant inspiration for Ms. Renee. She learns from them daily and loves our DTPT family. She strongly believes that the preschool years in a child's life are extremely important. Building a strong foundation in the love of learning and developing healthy social interaction skills will carry them throughout their education. She feels privileged to be a part of that development.

In her spare time she loves being with her family. She enjoys "hanging out" doing girl things with her daughter and tossing a football with her son. Her husband and she enjoy a quiet evening at home together talking to each other about their day. That is always a special time in her day. In her "me" time she enjoys reading. She loves a good book. So if she is not in the middle of "the best book ever" she will be at a book store looking for one. As a family she spends several weeks of the year in the Outer Banks at her family's beach house. In the fall and spring, you will find her at Long Park on the sidelines of her children's soccer games. Her husband coaches and she cheers from the sidelines. She usually runs into a friend or two of mine from Daytime Playtime.

Ms. Renee embraces the challenge of teaching the children alongside Ms. Lisa. She has a deep respect for her teaching style and she is thrilled to be working with her again this year. She knows that their class is going to thrive both academically and socially.

Shelley Kozlowski    Ms. Shelley Kozlowski

"Mrs. K." is excited to be returning to the Daytime Playtime family as a 4-year-old lead teacher. Mrs. K is a certified preschool teacher, and has been working in the preschool field since 1992. She has held many positions including Classroom Assistant, Special Ed. Assistant, Director and Pee Wee Workout Owner/Instructor. However, teaching in the classroom holds a special place in her heart.

Mrs. K has lived in the Gainesville area for over 40 years and has always been very active in the community. She is a member of the Dominion Woman's Club and Manassas Gap Club, and is an active volunteer with the Middleburg Humane Foundation and the Haymarket Food Pantry. She is married and has two daughters. The youngest will be a freshmen at Battlefield High School and her oldest is a graduate of Marymount University and will be getting married in the Spring.

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