Our caring and creative staff of educators has more than 75 years of combined experience teaching at CPI. Teachers and aides design and implement the curricula, making sure to include interesting, educational, and fun-filled daily activities. Our Teacher/Director assists the staff and serves as the liaison to the Board of Directors. Each teacher has a degree in education or at least two years of experience working at our school. All staff members complete yearly courses in the latest early childhood education developments. The staff continually assesses students’ progress and communicates to parents concerns and/or accomplishments throughout the year. In addition, our entire staff is CPR/First Aid/AED certified.
Professional teachers are responsible for the daily program of classes and for supervision of participating parents. Our teachers are fully qualified to teach at CPI. All teachers hold one of the following:
1. A degree in Elementary Education or related field;
2. Equivalent experience in early childhood education; or
3. Two years experience at CPI.
CPI teachers guide and help our children grow and develop at their own pace and ability level. Your interest in your children and CPI is the common ground you share with your teachers. Teachers schedule parent conferences and are available throughout the school year for discussion of specific problems or concerns relating to their students.
Lead Teacher, Fours Program
Joined CPI’s staff in 2000. She has worked as a counselor for abused and neglected children. Diana has also worked in retail sales and graphic art. Diana is originally from Michigan and moved to Virginia in 1988. She has provided day care in her home for numerous children since 1989. She taught CCD at St. Timothy’s Catholic School for 12 years. Diana, an avid fan of wildlife conservation, has trained to be a rescuer/handler for the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. She has an expertise in all things “nature.” Diana is an art enthusiast, and also enjoys gardening. Diana is Yoga 200 Certified. She graduated from a twelve week course in June 2014.
Joined CPI’s staff in 2002. She lives in Centreville with her husband and 3 children, who have all attended CPI. Elaine was a home day care provider since 1986, working with children attending kindergarten through 6th grade. During several summer seasons, she participated in an innovative educational program designed for early preschool children, at a privately created venture called “Smalltalkers.” Elaine has also been a substitute aide and parent helper for Fairfax County schools. In her spare time, she enjoys creative art and gardening.
Colleen joined the CPI staff in 2013 when the board of directors identified the need for a new class that would serve our older four- and five-year old students. She developed the curriculum for our Pre-K program and has been teaching the class ever since. Colleen, a native New Yorker, graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland with a B.A. in Psychology and Minor in Fine Arts. From there, she earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, gaining licensure for kindergarten through eighth grade. Colleen taught fifth through eighth grade math for two years before transitioning to FCPS as a counselor at Poe Middle School in Annandale. Following the birth of her first child, and before coming to CPI, Colleen spent eight years as a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband live in Clifton with their three children, the youngest of whom is a proud graduate of CPI.
Teacher, Global Adventurers, Creative Thinkers, Culinary Kids
Teacher, STEM Explorers
Jennifer and her husband, Adam, grew up in Fairfax County and reside in Centreville. They are blessed with 5 children. Active at CPI since 2000, Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors as Maintenance, Parent Education, and the Health and Safety Director. Prior to joining the CPI staff in 2012, she was a private daycare provider, worked in hospital administration and continues to work part time as the Accounts Auditor for a local landscaping company. In addition to being a regular volunteer for Fairfax County public schools and long-time member of the Virginia PTA, she has also served as a cheerleading coach, a Girl Scout troop cookie manager and as the Award Coordinator for the SYA wrestling. Jennifer was honored as the 2012 and 2014 SYA Wrestling Volunteer of the Year. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, gardening, baking, and of course exploring all the sciences.
Teacher, Threes & STEAM Discoverers
Jeannie first began her time with CPI as a parent volunteer in 2007. She officially joined the staff after both kids left CPI for elementary school in 2012. Jeannie is a graduate of Fullerton College in California with a major in business administration and a minor in advertising. Prior to joining the staff Jeannie worked in procurement for a computer reseller and then multiple volunteer organizations after having her kids. She was an active volunteer at her kid’s elementary school with GRACE art and in the classroom. She began and grew a children’s meetup group to help moms get their kids out doing outdoor activities and crafts on a weekly basis called Kids At Play. Jeannie currently lives in Centreville with her husband and two kids. Jeannie loves working with children and loves to watch her students learn and thrive throughout the year.
Joined CPI as a substitute teacher in 2011. She attended Virginia Tech and majored in Family/Child Development. Laurie lives in Centreville with her husband, Ambrose and 12 year old daughter, Nora. She’s an active volunteer at Stone Middle School, The Alliance Theatre and the Virginia Run Riptide Swim Team.
Diane Saint Germaine
Diane is a graduate from the University of Maryland and former USAirways Flight Attendant. She resides in Centreville with her husband, Paul, and their four sons. Over the last 15 years, Diane has worked and volunteered at five local preschool centers and has extensive experience with Early Intervention and Child Find Services. In addition, Diane has over 10 years experience as an elementary school classroom volunteer at Deer Park Elementary School, specializing in small group instruction. She created a Rising Kindergarten Playgroup Program as a segue into school, chaired & coached the Odyssey of the Mind Program, chaired Arts in Education Reflections Program, and currently serves on the Athletic Booster Board at Westfield High School. In her spare time, she enjoys coffee with friends and watching her kids play numerous sports.
Director, Lead Teacher, Threes
Joined the CPI Staff in 2005. She has served as an Aide in the 3’s and 4’s program, taught the Beginner’s and Mother’s Day out programs in addition to teaching the 3’s program. Prior to joining the Staff, she was a parent volunteer for five years and served on the Board at CPI. Teresa received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University. She also received her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law and practiced law with a private firm prior to coming to CPI. Teresa, her husband, and three children (all CPI Graduates) reside in Centreville. She coached youth soccer and basketball for many years, has served on the board of her children’s swim team, been a volunteer in Fairfax County Public Schools, and taught Religious Education. She remains active by playing on several women’s soccer teams in the area.
Janet relocated to Northern Virginia after her husband, Roger, separated from the US Army. She is the mother of two children, one of whom graduated from Centreville Preschool in 2013. A graduate of Fayetteville State University, Janet has over 10 years experience in the accounting field, but enjoys being a stay at home mom even more. In her spare time she teaches swimming lessons, gets in a little swimming herself, and roots for the Boston Red Sox.