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Shelley

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Director

                                                                       Shelley has a passion for children that stems from her youth. As a child herself, she 

                                                                    started working with kids and has never looked back. She is particularly drawn to age  
                                                   1-3 year olds because of their curiosity about the world around them and how eager they are to 

                                                  learn new things! Shelley understands how important education can be for a child at any stage in                                                    their life.

It’s her goal to make sure each child who attends her preschool has an engaging curriculum with plenty of opportunities for exploration and discovery; and to have fun while learning, too.

Shelley has a wealth of experience caring for children. She started working as an assistant in a 2-year old program, and as a caregiver to special needs children when she was just 17 years old. Since then, Shelley moved to the Washington D.C area where she spent 5 ½ years as a professional nanny caring for children 8 weeks - 9 years old, while also working at Kenwood Learn & Play in Maryland. She currently raises her own five children, plus fosters children from the area.

It's not only her extensive knowledge that sets her apart from other child caregivers; it is all the experiences with different age groups, backgrounds, and levels of development, which have helped make her such an adept caregiver.

Shelley is CPR, First Aid, and EMAT certified. She continues to build upon her child development skills through classes yearly while spending time with family and friends.

She loves cooking, reading, hiking, as well as being an active member at church. Shelley enjoys volunteering around her community, and finding ways to get her family involved, too.

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Leah

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Leah grew up outside of Annapolis, Md and graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Accounting. She started her career in public accounting and then moved to corporate accounting for most of her career.

After having her twin boys in 2007, she decided to transition to a stay-at-home-mom. Leah spent most of those young years getting involved in the community, being active in her boys’ elementary school, participating in a women’s running group and driving her boys around to different sports. She also babysat for a family several days a week and cared for their child from 6 weeks of age to 2 years old.

When her boys entered Herndon High School, Leah joined the HHS Sports Booster Board and helps with several roles as part of that team. Leah is also very involved in helping her boys’ specific sports teams and their coaches.

 

Leah and her family have lived in Herndon for over 20 years and loves all the town has to offer. Most of her time these days is spent exercising, gardening or watching her boys at their various sporting events. She is really looking forward to getting to know the children and families at Freetown Friends!

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