LeafSpring School at Three Chopt

Meet Our Staff

Erin Rice Preschool Director 
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Erin Rice
Erin Rice
Preschool Director 

I started at Rainbow Station in September 2009 and have worked in many different capacities and locations through the years. I began as a Purple Lead Teacher at our Wyndham location where I was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2011 and promoted to Preschool Program Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist. I served as the Preschool Director at our Hanover Medical Park campus for the 2012-2013 school year before joining the Three Chopt campus in August of 2013. I grew up in Richmond and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and am thankful to be able to attend basketball games regularly (Go Rams!). After meeting my husband, Rick, we moved to Oregon on a whim which we loved but after looking forward to a future family, we chose Richmond for ourselves. Rick and I have three children, Cooper, Griffin and Avery Quinn who all enjoy the same fun adventures that Rick and I fell in loving doing, basically anything outside and fun. I am so glad that our paths brought us here because there is no other place that I would want to help raise my babies.

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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, who is nine years old.

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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Deanna Whalen Administrative Assistant
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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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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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Julie Daniel Satellite Nursery 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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Ishaja Joe Yellow Room Teacher
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Anthony Jones Green Room Lead Teacher
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Aneidra King 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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Shenele 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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Laura Hicks Village Counselor/ Marketing Coordinator
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Katherine Maddox Village Counselor/ Movement Coordinator
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Kay Jones Village Counselor/ Camp Coordinator
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Vera Parkinson Village Counselor/ P.E. Teacher
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Aaron Brown Village Counselor
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Milton Bush Village Counselor
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Sarah Ferguson Village Counselor
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Michelle Krushelnisky Village Counselor
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Naeem Ahmed Recreation Instructor
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Linda Castillo Recreation Instructor
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Tia Sydnor Village Counselor
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Ashley Deese Recreation Instructor
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Domonique Gholson Village Counselor
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Nia King Recreation Instructor
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Haley Childress Village Counselor
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Jennifer Savage Recreation Instructor
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Maddison Quevillon Preschool Float
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Shirley Chung Substitute Teacher
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Beth Blackwell Substitute Teacher
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Christy Dispennette Substitute Teacher
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JoAnn Patterson Substitute Teacher
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