6500 Westbury Oaks Court | Springfield, VA 22152 | United States | +1.703.455.7529
Heather has twelve years experience as a lead teacher in a Reggio-inspired private preschool that specialized in teaching children through a play-based curriculum. As a teacher, Heather served as a resource to families during their child's early years, helping parents support their child's learning and development while also navigating the world of new and changing technologies. In addition to in-depth knowledge of the Reggio-Emilia approach, Heather also has experience in designing outdoor playscapes and developing nature-driven curriculum.
As Director of the preschool, Heather works to ensure that the programs and activities offered are developmentally and age-appropriate and reflect what experts in early childhood consider to be best practices.
Heather lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two teen-aged sons, three cats, two dogs and a very noisy parrot. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, a huge fan of all things Swedish and an incorrigible coffee drinker. She's always happy to chat with parents (and children). Stop by the preschool office anytime!
Assistant Preschool Director
Debbie comes to Adat Reyim Preschool from Agudas Achim Preschool where she was the Preschool Director for the past three years. At Agudas, Debbie helped grow and organize the preschool, adding engaging enrichment programs and ensuring that all children had ample time outside!
Debbie favorite age to teach is 3 year olds, but she has taught 2's as well. She taught for one year at the JCCNV before moving to Agudas when they opened a preschool in 2005. She taught there until becoming the Director. Debbie grew up in Springfield, VA just a few blocks from Adat Reyim! She graduated from West Springfield High School before earning degrees in History and Stage Management/Technical Theatre at the University of Rhode Island. She earned her Masters in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University. Debbie lives in Fairfax with her husband David and their two children, Seth (8 years old) and Jacob (3 months old).
Hollie Maldonado is in her third year as a teacher helping children learn through a play-based curriculum. She loves all things learning and is devoted to giving children the opportunity to fall in love with learning as well. She believes that every child has greatness inside them, but that will look different for each unique child.
Hollie has an associate's degree in social science with a specialization in psychology as well as a bachelor's degree in psychology (mostly clinical based). She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood Education.
Hollie lives with her husband in the Woodbridge/Manassas area of northern Virginia. In her spare time she loves cooking for her family, reading, and making scrapbooks.
Pre-Kindergarten/Junior Kindergarten Assistant
Therese is in her fifth year as an assistant preschool teacher. She is committed to advancing the physical, intellectual and social/emotional development of preschool children. Therese has attended many seminars on child development and best classroom practices. In the preschool environment, she is dedicated to providing a welcoming atmosphere that inspires life-long learning.
Therese has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hartford. She lives with her husband and three children (when they are not in college) in Annandale. She loves traveling, seeing movies, reading, and spending time with her family.
Assistant Three Year Old Class
Teacher Two Year Old Class, Literacy Specialist Junior Kindergarten Class
Ann has worked with children in various capacities for over 20 years. She loves to see their joy in exploring the world, and she is always inspired by their approach to life. In the classroom, Ann follows early childhood educator Lisa Murphy's mandate to make time each day to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read, and, most importantly, play!
Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary and a masters degree in social work from Smith College. She has worked as an autism therapist, a school social worker, and a Montessori preschool teacher and administrator.
After spending five years in England and Germany, Ann lives in Burke with her husband and son. She loves animals and is currently raising a service dog through Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Ann enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and writing children's books. She is delighted to join the staff at Adat Reyim and is looking forward to a wonderful year!
Assistant Two Year Old Class, After School Enrichment Teacher
Allison has an Associate in Science Degree from Northern Virginia Community College with additional coursework in Children's Literature and Child Psychology from George Mason University. She began teaching as a substitute teacher in March 2015 at Adat Reyim Preschool. In September of the same year she joined the staff as an Assistant Teacher for the 2's class and an after school enrichment assistant. In addition to working at the preschool, she volunteers weekly at the local elementary school and is the Cookie Manager for her daughters' Girl Scout troop for the third year in a row. Allison has always loved working with children and is thrilled to be Ann's teaching assistant for the 3 day 2's class this school year!
In her spare time Allison enjoys dancing, creating arts & crafts and spending time with her daughter.