Teachers

Butterfly Classroom (2- and 3-year-olds)
Sunshine Classroom (3- and 4-year-olds)
Rainbow Classroom (Pre-K, 4- and 5-year-olds)
Dolphin Classroom (Pre-K, 4- and 5-year-olds)
Cardinal Classroom (Pre-K, 4- and 5-year-olds)
Eagles (School Age, Before and After-School Care)
Floating Teachers

Butterfly Classroom (2- and 3-year-olds)

Lead Teacher: Ms. Emily

Ms. Emily

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Sara

Echevarria Sara 9009 262665025Ms. Sara is an assistant teacher in the Butterfly classroom. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Catholic University of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and is a bilingual speaker. Ms. Sara received her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate in March 2009 and her Early Childhood Certificate in 2012. She is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College, working toward her associate’s degree in early childhood education. She is married to Jorge, has three sons, and lives in the City of Fairfax.

 

Ms. Faith

Dunmore Faith 9008 262665024Ms. Faith

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunshine Classroom (3- and 4-year-olds)

Lead Teacher: Ms. Miriam

Calvo Miriam 9003 262665077Ms. Miriam is the Lead Teacher of the Sunshine Classroom, which she first joined as an assistant teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from her home country of Peru, and she previously worked in high school psychology. She earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate in 2012, and is a bilingual speaker. Ms. Miriam lives in Centreville with her husband and her two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog, Daisy, and her rabbit, Santiago.

 

 

Ms. Veronica

Ruanova Veronica 9025 262673104Ms. Veronica is an Assistant Teacher in Sunshine room. She speaks English and Spanish fluently. She is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College. She has been at Main Street as a volunteer since 2012 . As a small child, she attended preschool at Main Street. She now resides in Centreville, VA.

 

 

 

Ms. Melany

Ms. Melany is an assistant teacher in the Sunshine room. She complete her early childhood degree, and came to volunteer at Main Street. Before too long, we hired Ms. Melany as an assistant teacher!  The wife of an elementary school teacher, Ms. Melany loves interacting with the children and using what she has learned to great use!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Classroom (Pre-K, 4- and 5-year-olds)

Lead Teacher: Ms. Gloria

Diaz Gloria 9007 262673103

Ms. Gloria is the Lead Teacher of the Rainbows classroom. She first joined Main Street as assistant teacher in the Sunshines class. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from her home country of Peru, where she taught for ten years; she also has taught in Colombia and India. She started working in the United States as assistant teacher at Truro Pre-School. She validated her degree here in 2016, and is a bilingual speaker. Ms. Gloria lives in Fairfax with her husband, son, and her two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking Peruvian food, dancing, and playing board games with her children.

 

Ms. Vicky

Mendoza Virginia 9017 262673076Ms. Vicky has been at Main Street since 1993 when she earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. She is originally from Peru, where she attended Ricardo Palma University. A bilingual speaker, she completed her early childhood education program at the Arlington Employment Training Center, and she worked as a teacher’s aide in the Arlington Career Center and Seven Corners Children’s Center. Ms. Vicky has her Fairfax County School Readiness Program Certificate and is taking early childhood development classes such as “Art Expression for Children” to extend her knowledge. When she is not working with children, Ms. Vicky enjoys ceramics and singing.

 

Ms. Lupita

Quiroz Vazquez Lupita 9022 262665078

Ms. Lupita, a former MSCDC preschooler, is an assistant teacher in the Rainbows class. Once a volunteer, Lupita is currently enrolled in early childhood education at Northern Virginia Community College where she is earning her Associates Degree.

 

 

 

 

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Dolphin Classroom (Pre-K, 4- and 5-year-olds)

Lead Teacher: Ms. Liz

Ms. Liz is the lead teacher in the Dolphin classroom.  She has been with Main Street CDC since 2015 after having taught in High Scope and Reggio Emilia preschools.  Ms. Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Human Services, and was involved her university’s child and family research team.  She recently became the Public Policy committee chair for the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children and has enjoyed getting involved in early childhood advocacy.  She and husband love to travel abroad to learn about new places, and thoroughly enjoy being NoVA residents.

 

 

Ms. Colleen

Ms. Colleen is an assistant teacher in the Dolphin classroom. She has been with Main Street Child Development Center since 1999. Ms. Colleen has her bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from Radford University. She is a Washington, D.C. native and lives in Northern Virginia. Ms. Colleen has two daughters, and in her spare time she enjoys gardening, swimming, and cooking.

 

 

 

Ms. Elisa

Otiniano Elisa 9020 254737144Ms. Elisa has been with Main Street Child Development Center since 2002. She earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate in September 2009. Ms. Elisa is originally from Peru and is a bilingual speaker. She studied law at the San Martin de Porres University and English at the Language Center at Catholic University. Previously, she worked at Dantisimo Nombre de Jesus School and Language Center of the Catholic University. Ms. Elisa is married, and she and her husband Mario, have two sons and one daughter. She enjoys dancing, music, and sports.

 

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Cardinal Classroom (Pre-K, 4- and 5-year-olds)

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Ms. Turkan

Shafiyeva Turkan 9026 262665114Ms. Turkan

 

 

 

 

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Eagles (Before and After-School Care for elementary school students)

Lead Teacher: Ms. Carmen

Balkus Carmen 9001 262665023Ms. Carmen is lead teacher of Main Street’s school age program, the Eagles. Additionally, when the Eagles are not here, she provides valuable support to our preschool program. She has been with Main Street Child Development Center since 1999. Ms. Carmen earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate in 2009, her School Readiness Program Certificate in 2012, and has 12 years of early childhood learning program experience in the Fairfax area. Previously, she was a dental assistant. In her travels overseas with the military, she has experienced living in and working in many multicultural environments.

 

Ms. Diana

Ms. Diana supports the before and after school Eagles program.  During the rest of the  day, she supports any of the classrooms who require extra staff.  She recently completed a STEM certification course (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and teaches these fun, exciting lessons to our preschoolers. Her plans include starting at NOVA to work toward her associates degree.

 

 

 

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Floating Teachers

Ms. Meredith

 

Ms. Doris

Ms. Doris provides part-day support to the Cardinals’ pre-k class; she”floats” the rest of the day in other classrooms. She began as a helpful volunteer, until her hiring; now she is focused on acquiring a great early childhood education. She is currently taking classes with Northern Virginia Community College as she seeks to complete her Associates Degree.

 

 

Ms. Diana

Ms. Diana supports the summer Eagles program with Ms. Carmen.  During the school year, she returns to her “floater” teacher responsibilities where she supports any of the classrooms who require extra staff.  She recently completed a STEM certification course (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and teaches these fun, exciting lessons. Her plans include starting at NOVA to work toward her associates degree.

 

 

 

Ms. Virginia

Ms. Virginia provides extra support to any of our classes in need, and provides coverage for teachers who are in training or are absent. Because of her hard work and connections with the children, she is welcomed with open arms into any room she “floats” to!