About Clifton Presbyterian Preschool
The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool has been established by the Session of the Clifton Presbyterian Church as a part of the church's Christian Mission of Service to the community, and is a part of the overall education ministry of the church. The school is conducted on a non-denominational basis and is open to children regardless of race, religion or national or ethnic origin. The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool (CPCP) is respectful of other religious traditions and shares religious practices represented by its students. The preschool and its philosophy are administered by the Preschool Committee consisting of church members and led by and elder of the church who is elected by the Session.
The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool is housed in the historical and lovely Clifton Presbyterian Church. The school is very well equipped with age-appropriate materials, and attention is given to safety factors. A large playground is equipped with swings, slides, a sand box, spring-horses, etc. and is regularly maintained and upgraded. Playtime is always supervised.
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Meet Our Teachers:
Marcia Stedman, Educational Director Lead Teacher
Marcia is originally from Connecticut. She received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Marcia has worked as a substitute teacher in California and has volunteered in the Fairfax County Schools for many years. Marcia is the Lead Teacher for the M/T/TH 4's and W/F 3's classes, as well as performing the duties of Educational Director since 2002.
Gretchen Reamy, Administrative Director
Gretchen received her B.S. from the University of California in Davis. She has resided in Centreville with her husband since 1989 and has volunteered for many years in her 3 children's schools. Gretchen has worked at the preschool since 1995 and is in charge of the administrative duties of the preschool.
Kim Volpe, Lead Teacher
Kim has lived in Northern Virginia for the past 23 years. She has a Masters in Education from George Mason University and has taught both second grade and kindergarten in Fairfax County Public Schools. She is an active volunteer in FCPS for her two children. Kim joined CPCP in the fall of 2011 and is the lead teacher in the 3's and 4's classes.
Tricia Cruz, Lead Teacher
Tricia was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a retired military officer, having served 20 years in the US Navy. Tricia holds her Masters in Management from Naval PostGraduate School. She has worked as a substitute teacher for Fairfax County and has volunteered for many years as a religious education teacher, reading tutor, soccer coach and in her children's schools. Tricia joined CPCP in 2005 and is a co-teacher for the Pre-K class.
Jen Radcliffe, Lead Teacher
Jen received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Hood College in Frederick, MD and has lived in Clifton since 1994. She has been an active volunteer in her children's schools in Japan, Monterey, CA and Fairfax County and was the PTSA president at Centreville High School. Jen joined us for the fall of 2008 and is a co-teacher for the Pre-K class.
Mary Simonds, Teacher Assistant
Mary attended St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two and a half years. She has been a school volunteer, Girl Scout leader and Director of Religious Education for St. Clare's Mission. Mary has been with the preschool since 1983 and has been in charge of the afternoon extended care program since 1986. She is the Teacher Assistant for the M/T/TH and W/F classes.
Betty Stevens, Teacher Assistant
Betty has lived in the Northern Virginia area since 1994. She attended Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. Betty has been a dental assistant, school volunteer, Girl Scout leader, and for many years a Sunday School teacher at various parishes she has attended throughout her husband's military career. Betty joined the preschool in 2002 and is the Teacher Assistant for the M/W/F and T/TH classes.