St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Reflects the joy of learning and growth in the love of God, family and friends.



Susan Rawls

Family and Child Development with an emphasis in Elementary Education, Virginia Polytechnic and State University; M.Ed, Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 784-2049

Susan Rawls, M. Ed, has been in the field of education for 30 years. Prior to being the director of St. Mary's, Susan taught in the Chesterfield County School system and at a private church preschool. She has served in leadership positions in the Richmond Early Childhood Association, an affiliate of NAEYC, is a member of Richmond Area Directors, an affiliate of ELL, and is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, organization for outstanding educators in their field. Her commitment to providing quality preschool education is evident in her excellent leadership style, her ability to stay informed of current educational trends and her desire to bring out the best in children, teachers and families.

Wendy Dixon

Assistant Director
B.S. Early Childhood Education , Radford University; Reading Endorsement K-12 , Radford University

“If a child is to keep his inborne sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in” - Rachel Carson


Maureen Stepanian

Lead Teacher
BA Communications, Mary Baldwin College

“Each day of our lives, we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”  - Charles R.  Swindoll

Lisa Goldstein

Assistant Teacher
BA, History, University of Southern California, RN, St. Vincent’s

"Children see magic because they look for it.” -Christopher Moore

Aynsley Fisher

Lead Teacher
Virginia Tech - B.A. English, Minor Communications, VCU - MFA in Creative Writing

"A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. " - Rachel Carson

Cathy Martin

Assistant Teacher
B.S. Business Management, University of Alabama

“Children are funny little people. Watching them interact with each other is pure joy!”

Lauren Trego

Assistant Teacher

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” Malaia Yousafzai


Jennifer Britt

Lead Teacher
B.A. Psychology, University of Virginia; Masters in Education, Counselor Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

“You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing? What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run about all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.” - Rousseau 1762

Christy Thompson

Assistant Teacher for Twos & Three/Fours
B.A. Early Childhood Education K-7, University of Richmond

“I like being part of a child's first experience away from home and helping them tell their story.”

Dana Johnson

Lead Teacher
BA, Psychology and Communications, Longwood University, Special Education Endorsement, Old Dominion University

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Estelle Short

Assistant Teacher
VA Tech, BS, Marketing Management

“The constant smiles on the children’s faces are the best thing about preschoolers!”


Jacque Flint

Lead Teacher
B.S. in Health Sciences, James Madison University

I love how every day is different when working with children. My favorite part, however, is seeing a child's eyes light up and a smile spread across their face when they discover something for the first time!

Elizabeth Parker

Assistant Teacher
BA, Psychology and English, Bucknell University, MA, Counseling and School Psychology , Tufts University


Susan Wilson

Lead Teacher

Erin Reid

Assistant Teacher
BA with honors, Communications, University of Kentucky

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Ward

Pat Harris

Assistant Teacher

Junior Kindergarten

Shannon Daly

Lead Teacher
B.S. Psychology , Randolph-Macon Women's College; Master in Early Childhood Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

“When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.” - Fred Rogers

Tracy Wood

Assistant Teacher
B.S. in Marketing, Radford University

"Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful." - Kailash Satyarthi


Rebecca Gathright

Lead Teacher
BA Psychology and Education, Roanoke College, MEd, Reading, postmasters certificate, Administration/Supervision, VCU

“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it? “ – Annne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)

Lisa Blemker

Assistant Teacher
BA Early Childhood, NK-4, James Madison University

"Inside every child is a rainbow waiting to shine."