LeafSpring School at Three Chopt

Meet Our Staff

Jenna Ward Preschool Director
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Jenna Ward
Jenna Ward
Preschool Director

I am thrilled to be a part of the team here at the LeafSpring School at Three Chopt. I graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Literature. I have been a part of the Rainbow Station/LeafSpring School family since January of 2011 when I served as a Lead Teacher and then Assistant Director at the Virginia Beach school. From 2013 until 2018 I was living in Shenzhen, China where I worked as the Chief Program Officer for Rainbow Station China. During my time there I was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the schools, training and hiring staff, and assisting with the growth of the company throughout the country.

In 2016, I received my Executive Certificate in Global Management from the Thunderbird Executive Education Program, and I am a certified American Red Cross Instructor for CPR and First Aid. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading books, cooking, and studying Chinese.

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Andrea Betancourt Assistant Director
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Andrea Betancourt
Andrea Betancourt
Assistant Director

I joined the LeafSpring School family in August 2014 when I moved from Maryland. I started teaching in 2011 when I discovered a love for watching children grow and explore the world. I was promoted to Assistant Director in the Fall of 2017 and have enjoyed being a part of a different side of education.

My husband, Alex, and I are both originally from Germantown, MD. We have a beautiful daughter, Isabella, who was born in 2016. I graduated from Towson University with a bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies. Becoming a Mommy has shown me a whole new world of love, patience and compassion. Some things I enjoy are spending time with family, traveling and eating ice cream sundaes.

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Katie Wright Preschool Curriculum Specialist
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Katie Wright
Katie Wright
Preschool Curriculum Specialist

I’m delighted to be a part of the LeafSpring School administrative team. I am an alum of Virginia Commonwealth University with my Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.  I have taught various age groups in my many years of experience, ranging from Infants to Pre-Kindergarten. As the curriculum specialist, I will assist teachers in developing and implementing their classroom lesson plans, guided by our proprietary curriculum, PLAYWORKS and our leadership curricula, INSPIRED.

My husband, Jake, and I are both Richmond transplants and have two active and humorous boys, Grayson and Cullen whom are both enrolled in the Village program. We all enjoy spending time outdoors; from playing baseball to riding bikes to exploring at the park, our hearts are happy when there is fresh air. If I’m not spending time running to baseball games, church activities, or the store, I really enjoy reading, singing and trying new recipes.

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Charlene Bryce Village Director 
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Charlene Bryce
Charlene Bryce
Village Director 

I am a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where I studied Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. I joined the LeafSpring School family in September of 2002 as the Lead Teacher in Yellow Room. I have had the privilege of holding several positions with LeafSpring School, including: Lead Teacher, Preschool Curriculum Specialist, Preschool Assistant Director, Site Assistant Director, Village Assistant Director and now Village Director. My husband (Eugene) and I have one child, Addison.

Outside of LeafSpring school, I am involved in many ministries at my church and recently discovered a passion for youth mental health. I currently serve on a community health action committee in Goochland County. I am extremely devoted to my family. I enjoy singing, crafts and spending time with family and friends.

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Ashley McHaney Village Assistant Director 
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Ashley McHaney
Ashley McHaney
Village Assistant Director 

I graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 with my Master’s in Health Education and Promotion. I have been a Virginia resident for all of my life, and have spent the last five years in Richmond. I love everything that this area has to offer. I am passionate about baking delicious treats and exploring Richmond. I have been a part of the Village program since May 2014.

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Casey Moore Village Curriculum Specialist
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Casey Moore
Casey Moore
Village Curriculum Specialist

I graduated from Lynchburg college in 2014 with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. I moved to Richmond in 2015 and have enjoyed my time here so far. My favorite things to do are explore, hike, hammock. I also enjoy snuggling on my couch with a king size blanket, and hoping my kitten will snuggle with me. I’ve been a part of this Village family since July of 2015.

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Alison Solomon, RN Get Well Place Nurse
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Alison Solomon, RN
Alison Solomon, RN
Get Well Place Nurse

Alison Solomon, RN, joined LeafSpring School in 2018 as the Get Well Place’s nurse. She has 16 years of nursing experience, primarily working in hospitals serving the pediatrics and labor & delivery units. She received her BSN from James Madison University and has been a lifelong Virginian, despite spending eight years in the NJ/NYC area before moving to Richmond in 2015. She and her husband and have 3 biological children and one foster child who keep them on our toes and are the joy of their lives.

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Kandy Fielo, RN Get Well Place Nurse
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Chrissy Husson Get Well Place Nurse
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Debra Davis Kitchen Manager
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Kaylen Gabala Infant Lead Teacher
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Jasmine Tillman Infant Room Teacher
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Kim Washington Infant Room Teacher
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Donna Hayman Infant Room Teacher
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Julie Daniel Satellite Nursery Teacher
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Nahida Andary Satellite Nursery 2 Teacher
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Teshell Bledsoe Red Room Lead Teacher
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Daisy Baker-Marble Red Room Teacher
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Jamie Smith Red Room Teacher
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Karla Baires Red Room Teacher
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Kathy Livingston Orange Room Lead Teacher
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Begjaeta Hodzic Orange Room Teacher
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Mary Shupp Orange Room Teacher
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Morgan Harrison Yellow Room Lead Teacher
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Tita Byrd Yellow Room Teacher
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Katie Bowles Yellow Room Teacher
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Anthony Jones Green Room Lead Teacher
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Lauren Hassell Green Room Teacher
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Angela Burford Blue Room Lead Teacher
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Quia Copeland Blue Room Teacher
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Gania Rose Gold Room Lead Teacher
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Shanele Daniel Gold Room Teacher
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Nichole Thomas Purple Room Lead Teacher
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Deniz Calistiran Purple Room Teacher
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Tra Frisby Silver Room Lead Teacher
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Elizabeth Windom Private Kindergarten Teacher
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Daija Jones Nursery Float
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Hannah Baker Preschool Float
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Desiree Holmes Preschool Float
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Felicia Harris Preschool Float
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Laura Hicks Village Counselor/ Marketing Coordinator
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Katherine Maddox Village Counselor/ Movement Coordinator
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Kay Jones Village Counselor
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Vera Parkinson Village Counselor/ P.E. Teacher
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Aaron Brown Village Counselor
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Michelle Krushelnisky Village Counselor
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Naeem Ahmed Recreation Instructor
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Tia Sydnor Village Counselor
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Ashley Deese Recreation Instructor
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Haley Childress Village Counselor
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Jalen Mask Recreational Counselor
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Anne Galindo Blue Room Teacher
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Beth Blackwell Substitute Teacher
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Christy Parker Substitute Teacher
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Alex Sims Substitute/Cultural Arts Teacher
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JoAnn Patterson Substitute Teacher
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