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Meet our Preschool Educators

Missy Downing, School Director
Missy Downing, School Director

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2002 and with Winwood since 2008. I was the Center Director of the Winwood in Leesburg for 8 years, then served as a Floating Director, helping at several other Winwood’s in the area.

I have a Bachelors of Arts in Developmental Psychology from George Mason and I believe that instilling a lifetime love of learning into every child beginning at a young age helps to set them up for future successes. Social-emotional growth is at the basis of a child’s success and I feel that children must feel secure emotionally in order to be successful learners. I believe strongly in creating a warm, welcoming culture of care and enjoy working with parents to help create a cohesive community that works in tandem to help raise and educate children.

Diana Garcia, School Director
Diana Garcia, School Director

I jump out of bed each morning with a big smile on my face because I know we are making a positive difference in the lives of our children and their parents. Being the Director here at Winwood Children's Center is more than a job for me. I’m on a mission to ensure that everyone at Winwood works together to build a successful future for our children. My goal is to facilitate a warm and loving atmosphere; not only for the children and their parents, but also for our teachers. As a team, we make it a priority to surround the children with experiences that foster their physical, social, academic, emotional, and cognitive growth.

I’ve been an Early Childhood Educator for over 20 years and have a Bachelors in Science and a Masters in Business Administration. I was born in Colombia and have 2 children. My daughter is an OBGYN and lives in Philadelphia. My son is studying pre-law and plays soccer in college.

Allison Richardson, Assistant Director
Allison Richardson, Assistant Director

My name is Allison Richardson and I have over ten years of experience in Early Childhood Education. I graduated from James Madison University in 2010, with a B.A. in English Literature. I am thrilled to have spent the entirety of my career here at our Ashburn location. I began working at Winwood while in college as a summer camp counselor, and later became a Pre-K teacher here. I am very excited to be the Assistant Director and look forward to many years of working with all of our wonderful families.

Kristin Nickens, Infant Teacher
Kristin Nickens, Infant Teacher

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Brittany Walker, Toddler Teacher
Brittany Walker, Toddler Teacher

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Naryn Briceno, Preschool Two's Teacher
Naryn Briceno, Preschool Two's Teacher

Over 15 years of experience in Early Childhood Education

Lauren Hachwi, Preschool Three's Teacher
Lauren Hachwi, Preschool Three's Teacher

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Katherine Aubrey, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Katherine Aubrey, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education

Linda Kinnebrew, Morning Preschool Teacher
Linda Kinnebrew, Morning Preschool Teacher

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Teresa Iturbe, Private Kindergarten Teacher
Teresa Iturbe, Private Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor's Degree in Education/Pedagogical Sciences

Darryl Branch, School Age Teacher
Darryl Branch, School Age Teacher

Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education & Master's Degree in Education

Phone

Schedule a Visit: 703-544-7604
Enrolled Families: 703-729-2900

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Address & Directions

43244 Hay Rd
Ashburn, VA 20147
At the intersection of Claiborne Pkwy and Hay Rd. Across the street from Stone Bridge High School and next to the Ashburn Library.

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Hours

Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:30pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Ashburn , VA