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
Elaine 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.
Melissa is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in early childhood education. Go Dukes!! She taught kindergarten in Prince William County for 10 years. While teaching she helped create and implement a Pre-K summer program for rising kindergarten students. Melissa currently lives in Centreville with her husband and two boys. Her oldest son is in first grade and her youngest is a student at CPI. Melissa and her family love to be active and spend majority of their time in the great outdoors!
Elisa grew up in Fairfax County and graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology. After graduating, she spent 9 years in the social work field working with low income families assisting them in becoming self sufficient and accessing necessary child and adult services in Fairfax County. Elisa has two children, a son who is a CPI alumni and a daughter in the 4 year old class. Elisa has served on CPI Board since the 2016-2017 school year as the Health & Safety Director and Scheduling Director. In addition to being a stay at home mom, she works as a Child Care Coordinator on weekends and evenings at her local church, working with children ages 0-6 years old. Elisa enjoys working with children of all ages, and loves their enthusiasm and energy.
Teacher, Pre-K & Fours
Teacher, STEM Explorers, Creative Kids & Little Scientists
Jennifer and her husband, Adam, grew up in Fairfax County and reside in Centreville. They have been graced with 5 children and one grandchild. Active with CPI for 19 years, Jennifer served on the Board of Directors as Maintenance Director, Parent Education Director, and the Health and Safety Director. Prior to becoming a CPI teacher, she worked in hospital administration, as a private daycare provider, and still continues to work part time as a Tournament Manager for Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation. She continues to volunteer for FCPS and is a long-time member of the Virginia PTA. She also served as an FPYC cheerleading coach, with Girl Scouts, and as the Award Coordinator for SYA Wrestling. Jennifer was honored as the SYA Wrestling Volunteer of the Year in 2012 and 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys, home-remodeling, 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.
Laurie 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 Germain
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.
Susan is a Fairfax County native. She graduated from Mary Washington College in 2004 with a degree in History, and stayed on to receive her Masters in Elementary Education in 2005 with a concentration in the Arts. Before starting her teaching career in Fairfax County, Susan interned in a speech-language and occupational therapy practice, working with children in their auditory processing program. She spent 8 happy years teaching second and third grades at Colin Powell Elementary before her son was born in 2013. In addition to being a stay-at-home mom, she served as the Public Relations Director on the CPI Board of Directors from 2016-2018. Susan and her husband reside in Clifton with their son and daughter, and she enjoys arts and crafts, going to the library, and playing games with her family. She loves working with young children and inspiring them to be creative, thoughtful, helpful, and kind!
Director & Lead Teacher, Threes
Teresa 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, both of whom are graduates of Centreville Preschool, Inc. 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.