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
Susan Rawls, M. Ed, has been in the field of education for 26 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.
Meg WalunasLead Teacher
B.S. in Commerce, University of Virginia; M.A. in Early Childhood Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County
"For children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." - Fred Rogers
Tracy WoodAssistant 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
Jacque FlintLead 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!
"You're off to great places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"
Maureen StepanianAssistant Teacher
Jennifer BrittLead 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 ThompsonAssistant 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.”
Shannon JonesLead Teacher
B.A. Religious Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University; Masters in Teaching, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Every child in your class is someone's whole world!”
Karen RayAssistant Teacher
Sarah AndersLead Teacher
B.S. Psychology, Kenyon College; Masters of Teaching, College of William and Mary
“I cherish the opportunity to watch the children explore and investigate the world around them and see their glowing faces as they make new discoveries.”
Barbara BagbeyAssistant Teacher
B.A. Spanish , Sweet Briar College
“A person's a person, no matter how small.”- Dr. Seuss
Wendy DixonLead Teacher
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
Shannon DalyAssistant 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