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 11, 8 and 3.
Laura Nelson (Ms. Laura)
Monday – Friday 2/3’s
Laura Nelson has been teaching in the toddler and 2-year-old programs at The Learning Center since September, 2012. She truly enjoys nurturing the development of the youngest children at LCYC.
She is a graduate of Hollins College with a double major B.A. in art history and French, and completed the 90hr course in Childhood Development and Curriculum.
Miss Laura knows the parent cooperative model from all sides, as an aide, a teacher, and as an LCYC parent for five years.
When not at LCYC, Miss Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, teaching high school art history, practicing yoga and playing with her three dogs.
Kellie Strenkowski (Ms. S)
Meet Kellie Strenkowski our new 4’s class teacher! Mrs. S has been a welcome addition to our staff this year. 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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