Meet our Preschool Educators
Katy Thiltgen, School Director
Welcome, Thank you for your interest in Winwood Children’s Center. We are located at 12301 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway. Our center has been part of the community since Sept. 1998. My name is Katy Thiltgen and I am the Director of the center. I am originally from Pennsylvania where I attended Kutztown University and obtained my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhoods. I started with the company in Aug. 2004 as a teacher, an Assistant Director, and since January 2009 the Director. Heather Gutierrez is our Assistant Director. She began as a toddler teacher in 2006 at our South Riding location. In addition to her experience with the toddlers, she was a three year old teacher, and then the Assistant Director. After a brief leave from Winwood, Heater returned in Sept. 2013 as the Assistant Director at our Fairfax location. She has an Associate’s degree in Psychology and currently is in school for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. We have over 30 amazing, dedicated teachers with over 110 years of experience with Winwood! The majority of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and many have their CDA, Associates, Bachelors, or Master degrees. Our curriculum is designed to strengthen and broaden the emerging intellect of our students. In addition to our daily Language Arts, Art, Science, and Math small group projects we offer a STARs program which highlights weekly lessons in music, sign language, Spanish, and art and a monthly exercise program. The children experience our state of the art computer lab including a SMARTboard on a daily basis. Children in the Preschool III program through Kindergarten also have the opportunity to participate in ballet and soccer. We offer before and after school care for Greenbriar East, Greenbriar West, Waples Mill, and Navy. We also provide care for teacher work days, snow days, Spring Break, Winter Break, and summer camp. We strive to have great parent-teacher communication to keep you involved with your child’s day. In the infant, infant 2, toddler, and two year old classrooms you receive a daily sheet about your child’s day. You will find bi-weekly progress reports in the preschool classrooms. All of our classrooms send home a monthly newsletter and twice a year a developmental assessment of your child. In addition, our Open Door Policy and web camera keeps you connected at a moment notice. On behalf of all our wonderful teachers, I invite you to stop by and visit our school. We would enjoy meeting you and your family and introduction you to ours.
Heather Gutierrez, Assistant Director
Heather (Pearl) Gutierrez lives in Gainesville with her growing family. With an 8 month old daughter, and baby number two arriving in July 2016, Heather is passionate about early childhood education, and prides herself on building trusted relationships with the staff and parents of Winwood Children’s Center. She has 18 years of experience working with young children, and began working with Winwood in 2006 where she first worked as a toddler teacher, three year old teacher, and eventually Assistant Director of the South Riding Location. She joined the Winwood Fairfax team in 2013, and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with families in the Fairfax area. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and an A.S. Degree in Psychology, with a focus in childhood psychology.
Marsha Kilgore, Teacher
Marsha has 30+ years of experience working with children! She just recently celebrated her 17th anniversary with Winwood Children’s Center, and has worked in our toddler classroom only a few months after the school opened its doors for the very first time! Marsha most enjoys the children’s expressions and eagerness to learn. In her free time, Marsha enjoys spending time with family including her grandchildren and completing word finds.
Samia Mahmood, Teacher
Samia holds a Childhood Development Associates Degree, and began working with Winwood in 2002 as a three year old teacher. In 2008 Ms. Samia was promoted to Curriculum Coordinator for all the Winwood schools, and shortly thereafter became our lead Junior Kindergarten Teacher. She also works as a camp coordinator during the summer months.
Naima Mendil, Teacher
Naima has worked with children for 25+ years, and has been with Winwood since shortly after we opened in 1998. Naima has always worked in our Infant program, and most enjoys creating artwork with the little ones and watching them smile as they learn in our care. In addition to a Bachelors degree from Algeria, Naima is MAT trained and CPR/first aid certified. She loves working closely with the families to make sure each baby is cared for in the most caring and loving way!
Address & Directions
12301 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22033
Directly across the street from the Harris Teeter Shopping Center!
HoursMonday - Friday
6:30am - 6:30pm