Ms. Rana is smiling at the camera and standing in front of a beautiful green bush.

Rana Oriolo (Ms. Rana)

Rana has had over nine years’ experience teaching in the 2-year-old, 3-year old and 4-year old programs, and served as assistant director at another co-op preschool before joining LCYC. Rana’s positive attitude, kind disposition, and non-stop energy make it very easy for parents to entrust their most precious possessions to her. Her ability to balance the individual needs of students, along with her understanding of young children’s development in a group, allow her to create a warm, nurturing environment where children learn together and thrive as individuals. Rana is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development with a Birth-Kindergarten teaching path. She has completed continuing education in preschool administration as well as continuing her level 6 Maryland Credential level for Teachers.

Rana knows the parent cooperative model from both sides, as a teacher and a parent. She grew up in Montgomery County and attended MCPS schools from Pre-k to twelfth grade. She lives in Rockville with her husband and three children, ages 13, 10 and 5.

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Maria Jones (Ms. MJ)
Assistant Director

Maria started as a parent at LCYC in 2014. All four of her children attended LCYC, and during that time she served in many volunteer roles including fundraising chair, classroom aide, and parent liaison. She became Assistant Director in 2019 and in her role aims to continue the strong community bond she has always cherished at LCYC.

Maria graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in History, Technology and Society. She previously worked with local nonprofits in management, fundraising, and development roles. She also ran her own small bakery in Kensington and will still occasionally muster up the energy to bake for fun. She loves being creative and spending time outdoors and is a big advocate for our classroom monthly specials.

Ms. Maria is smiling at the camera. She has long brown hair and is standing in front of vibrant greenery.

Maria Fraggetta (Ms. Maria)
2s Teacher 

Maria has always had a passion for working with and teaching children.  She holds a certification in early childhood care and development and has taken early childhood education courses at Molloy College in New York.  Maria worked at a day care center helping to teach children social, communitive, and problem-solving skills.  She is the proud mother of three young daughters and as her daughters grew, her love for teaching and helping children grew as well.  She has worked as a classroom monitor at a parochial pre-school and an elementary school.  Maria has also volunteered her time to organize, plan, and execute events, and celebrations at her daughters’ schools.  Marias natural ability to communicate with children and her innate sense of creativity make her classroom a fun, imaginative, and wholesome learning experience.


Sepideh Salehi (Ms. Sepi)
MWF 2s Assistant Teacher, TTh 3s/4s Assistant Teacher, Art Special Teacher

Sepideh Salehi is a multidisciplinary artist born in Tehran, Iran. She left Iran to attend Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, where she received her MFA in Visual Art and Multimedia. Sepideh has more than 15 years of art teaching experience in Iran, Italy, and the United States. She has taught in different settings, including art schools and museums, working with many students, especially children with diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Her artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries all around the world. She was a mentor for immigrant artists at the New York Foundation for Art for four years. Her work has been featured in many magazines, including Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Financial Times, W Magazine, BBC, Huff Post. Sepideh was a teacher at the Pardis for children in New York City. She designed and led workshops at the Asia Society, Metropolitan, and Guggenheim museums during those years. She currently lives with her husband and their seven years old daughter in Friendship heights in Maryland.

Emily Mooney (Ms. Emily)
TTH 2s Assistant Teacher

Emily has had 13 years of experience teaching elementary school with Frederick County Public Schools. She is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Reading Specialization from Hood College as well as certification in early childhood education.

Emily lives in Kensington with her husband and two children, both of whom began their schooling experience at LCYC.
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Miranda Driscoll (Mrs. Driscoll)
3s Teacher 

Mandy has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 20 years. Originally from Dublin, Ireland Mandy lives in Kensington with her husband Kevin and their 3 children Ryan 21, Evan 17 and Erin 13. Mandy holds a Diploma and several certificates in both Early Childhood Education and Special Education pre-k to 5th grade. Mandy has worked in several preschools in the Bethesda/Kensington and Aspen Hill area and has also worked at Garrett Park Elementary school as a Special Education Paraprofessional. Continuing Education is very important to Mandy keeping her up to date on different fields like phonics in early reading practices, social emotional growth in young children and Art therapies for children with sensory differences. 

Embracing each child as an individual Mandy encourages each child to celebrate their differences and strengths.  Her classroom is a place of learning, growing, making friends and feeling welcomed.


Aruni Jayasuriya (Ms. Aruni)
3s Assistant Teacher 

Aruni has 9 years of experience teaching preschool. She holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a few certifications for child growth & development from Montgomery College. Aruni loves educating young kids and that’s her passion. Aruni lives in Rockville, originally from Sri Lanka, with her husband and two children.



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Robin Mayhew (Ms. Robin)
3s/4s Teacher

Robin Mayhew has been a long time member at LCYC, she is our Monday – Friday 3s/4s teacher this year at LCYC.  A graduate of the University of Delaware, she also holds a Master’s degree in communications from Emerson College in Boston. It was in fact during her time in Boston that Robin’s interest in teaching was first piqued, as she work as a preschool teaching assistant while in grad school.

Robin worked for several years as a writer and in public relations, and then later began directing children’s camps at St. Paul’s UMC in Kensington. She and her husband Keith have fond memories of their time as LCYC parents, as their children Ginger and Ryan are proud LCYC alumni.

Ms. Robin’s positive, calm and creativeness makes her classroom a happy place to be!

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Nancy Voit (Ms. Nancy)
Nature Club Teacher, Classroom Sub

Nancy loves nature! And ever since earning a Certificate in Natural History Field Studies from the Audubon Naturalist Society in 2015, Nancy has been teaching nature to children ages 3 through 9 years of age.  It is with a sense of wonder and a whole lot of theater play that Nancy engages children to explore the natural world and expand their knowledge to be good protectors of all creation. The seasons guide us as we look closely at animals like birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and arthropods and study the plants that line our nature hikes around LCYC and beyond.

Nancy is a transplant from New York and lives in Bethesda with her husband Eric. She has three adult children.

Ms. Cestone is smiling for the camera in front of beautiful green bushes. She has glasses, short brown hair and is wearing a red shirt.

Daniela Cestone (Mrs. Cestone)
MWF 3s/4s Assistant Teacher 

Daniela has always had a passion for nurturing young minds. With more than 20 years of
experience working in Early Childhood, she has taught First Grade, Prek-4s, and has provided
tutoring at tutoring centers as well as privately. A DC native, Daniela graduated from the
University of Maryland and holds a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Trinity College in
Daniela first joined the LCYC community as a co-oping parent, and then went on to join the staff
in 2012. As a parent of two LCYC alumni herself, Daniela brings a well-rounded perspective to
her teaching, allowing her to connect with the children and their families. She believes children
best thrive when they are in a positive environment and encouraged to explore, discover, and

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Kellie Strenkowski (Mrs. S)
4s Teacher

Mrs. S is in her third year at LCYC as our Mon-Fri 4s teacher. She has over 15 years of preschool teaching experience. Mrs. S graduated from the University of Maryland in Hearing and Speech Sciences with Masters courses in Education from Johns Hopkins University. She is married with two sons, 9 and 13, and has two birds, and two dogs. Kellie enjoys cooking and the outdoors; taking walks and hikes. Mrs. S also introduced a new class pet to her 4’s class, a Beta fish named Bubbles!

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Carolyn Rees (Mrs. Rees)
4s Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Rees has 25+ years of teaching experience spanning preschool through grade 3, her
longest stints being kindergarten at the Beauvoir School and 11 years teaching preschool at
Christ Episcopal School in Rockville. She has a B.A. in Art History from Smith College and a
Masters in Early Childhood Education from Catholic University.
She lives in Kensington with her husband, Jonathan and their dog, Tucker, and has two grown
sons, Nathaniel and Andrew who are LCYC alums! Returning to LCYC after all these years feels
like coming home and she is thrilled to be teaching her absolute favorite age, PreK!
When she is not at LCYC she enjoys tutoring, and loves to read, cook, sing and spend time
outside in nature with her family.

Ms. Carolyn is smiling for the camera. She's sitting in front of green plants and is wearing a light green shirt.

Carolyn Liffiton (Ms. Carolyn)
Playground Manager

Carolyn has a long childcare story. She has five children and five grandchildren. She owned a
home daycare for 10yrs when her kids were young. The youngest three are LCYC alumni.
Carolyn is certified in preschool education. She is in charge of the LCYC playground and enjoys
learning about all of our preschoolers. She also gets to know the children at drop off and pick
up. Carolyn also loves to bake with the lunchbunchers and classes during the week!

Trish Charette (Ms. Trish)
All School Aide

Trish came to LCYC in 2022 as a parent and is thrilled to now be a part of the staff. In her role as All School Aide, her responsibilities include assisting with arrival and dismissal, preparing the daily snack and supporting the teachers and staff in a variety of ways. She loves to see the smiling faces of the preschoolers and getting to know each child.
Trish has over 15 years experience in project/account management and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Originally from Texas, Trish lives in Rockville with her husband and two daughters.

Kelsey Tynan (Ms. Kelsey)
All School Aide

Kelsey is the proud mother of two LCYC attendees. As an All School Aide, she loves getting to know the children and watching them grow through the school year. Prior to working at LCYC, Kelsey worked in Human Resources and Project Management.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Kelsey enjoys a good cup of coffee. She is an avid gardener and active member of her neighborhood book club.