School Staff

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                                       Administration

 

Director

 

Dory Herman-Sample is the Director of the school. She has been in Preschool education since 1972, starting as an undergraduate in a university preschool as a student intern, graduating with a BA in Psych/Education. She has an MA in Family Counseling, and has taught preschool, middle school, and college students. She definitely prefers the preschool world. She has been a member of our staff since 2005.

School Administrator

 

Carole Stover is our School Administrator and joined our staff in 2015. She retired from her professional career as an I.T. Director in 2013 and in 2014 worked as a Classroom Assistant at the Del Ray Montessori School.  She has an M.F.A. in Acting from George Washington University and a B.A. in Speech & Drama from Catholic University. She has one son and her husband has retired from the National School Boards Association.

                                         Teaching Staff


 

Orange Room ~ 2 years 9 months to 3 years 2 months

Sarah Iturrequi is our Lead Teacher in the Orange Room.  She is from Lima, Peru and has 3 daughters. She previously taught at Emmanuel Preschool for 12 years.

 

 

Maria Pineda is our Assistant Teacher in the Orange Room. Maria is a native of Peru and has been on staff at Saint Clement since 1997. She is the proud grandmother of two little girls.

Gold Room ~ 3 Year Olds

Marie Zack, Assistant Teacher,  joined our staff in 2017.  She is the mother of five children, and plays soccer in her free time.  She is also a soccer coach at TC Williams.

Purple Room ~ 3 Year Olds

Maria Medrano is our Lead Teacher in the Purple Room. Mrs. Medrano has been with our program since 1994. Mrs. Medrano is a native of Mexico and has a BA in Early Childhood education. Mrs. Medrano is also the Lead Teacher for our After Care program.

Colette Deller is a native Philidelphian. She is working with her goldendoodle Chloe to finish her therapy dog training. She will have two Career Studies Certificates from the Northern Virginia Community College in Early Childhood Education and Infant and Toddler Care by Spring 2021. She is working on getting her Associates degree and later her Bachelors.

Green Room ~ 4 Year Olds

 

 

April Stewart is our Green Room Lead Teacher. April has been with our program since 2005.  She is well known for creative job charts and "world famous" vegan chocolate chip pancakes!

 

Tuangrat McMaster is our Green Room Assistant Teacher. Ms. Tuangrat was a parent in our program; both her boys are graduates of Saint Clement. She is a native of Thailand. Ms. Tuangrat has been with the program since 2008. She has her CDA and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and is also a licensed massage therapist.

Red Room ~ Older 4 Year Olds

 

We welcomed back Susie LaValle last year as the Lead Teacher in the Red Room. Susie started as an Asst. Teacher at St. Clement from 2005 until 2008-2009 and promoted to teacher in 2009-10 school year.  She relocated out of the area after the 2015-16 school year and we're happy she returned to Alexandria.

Pilar Fernandez is our Assistant Teacher in the Red Room. She has been with our program since 2007. Pilar has a CDA and years of experience working with young children. She is a native of Chile.

Blue Room ~ Junior Kindergarten

Gayle Carter is our Lead Teacher in the Blue Room. Gayle taught kindergarten for many years in the Alexandria City Public Schools and is very excited to join the Saint Clement School community. She loves reading books with children and helping them discover the wonderful world of learning. Gayle is married, has two children and one beautiful granddaughter.

Crystal Prall is our Assistant Teacher in the Blue Room and joined our staff in 2018. She was born and raised in Alexandria and is the mom to 6 children. Crystal enjoys spending time in her garden and helping with Special Olympics Basketball.

Music

 

Ann Williams is our Music Teacher. She has been a staff member since 1995, and her children were also graduates of Saint Clement. Ann is also a certified Wildlife Rehabilitator, and brings in some of the squirrels who live with her permanently for the children to see. Ann is the artist who created all the stained glass windows in the classrooms.

Cooking

 

Nikki Fielder is our Cooking Teacher and Librarian. She is a mother of two little girls. Two of her favorite pastimes are cooking and reading so she feels incredibly blessed to help instill the love of the kitchen and the library into so many little hearts and souls.