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.
Maria Jones (Ms. MJ)
Maria has been a parent at LCYC since 2014. She has four children who all attended LCYC including her two youngest currently in the 3s and 4s classes. She previously served in many volunteer roles with the preschool 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 outdoors in all weather and in her free time can be seen doing martial arts, strength training and running around Kensington.
Maria Fraggetta (Ms. Maria)
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
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.
Miranda Driscoll (Mrs. Driscoll)
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.
Robin Mayhew (Ms. Robin)
Monday -Thursday 4s Teacher
Robin Mayhew has been a long time member at LCYC, she is our Mon-Thurs 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!
Nancy Voit (Ms. Nancy)
Monday -Thursday 4s Assistant Teacher & Nature Special Teacher
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.
Daniela Cestone (Mrs. Cestone)
Monday -Thursday 4s Assistant Teacher
Kellie Strenkowski (Mrs. S)
Monday- Friday 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!
Carolyn Rees (Mrs. Rees)
Monday – Friday 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.
Carolyn Liffiton (Ms. Carolyn)
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!
Rebecca Iverson-Hunter (Ms. Rebecca)
All School Aide
Ms Rebecca came to LCYC in 2007 as a parent co-oper. She is the parent of two boys and a girl. After her three children finished preschool, she joined the staff as a classroom aide. She now fills the role of All School Aide which means she helps with drop off and
dismissal, prepares the snack, assists in the classrooms and is the handy person for the school. Ms. Rebecca has worked with children for most of her professional career. She has worked as an aide in a daycare for children with special needs, in a Special Education preschool and as an elementary Special Education teacher. Ms. Rebecca loves the variety that her job brings her every day, and learning form the children at LCYC.