LeafSpring School at Virginia Beach

Meet Our Staff

Justine Walston Recreational Counselor
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Justine Walston
Justine Walston
Recreational Counselor
Hello!
My name is Justine Walston, I am a Graduating Senior at Elizabeth City State University. I am a Social Work Student & Honors student. I am hardworking, caring, intelligent, a self-starter, and an advocate for people and change. I am a strong leader who thrives off of helping each individual reach their own success story. Everyone is capable of using their strengths to achieve their own personal and professional success. Although, I will be a social worker, my second passion that I have acquired over time is being an educator/teacher. I enjoy learning, teaching, and exploring which children. Each child is different and unique in their own way.
Before my arrival at LeafSpring School, I have worked at my campus Laboratory School serving children ages 4+ & middle school boys and girls ages 13 in Portsmouth, VA during the past year.
During my time at Elizabeth City State University I have had the opportunity to be apart of various clubs/organizations, serve as the face for students and the student housing department, be apart of the Executive Board and remain in high academic standing. A few leadership roles I have served under are The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD 2020 Conference), Student Chair, Birmingham, AL (Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic), The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD 2019 Conference), Student Volunteer, Jacksonville, FL, ECSU Mediteen Project, Rural Health Ambassador (RHA), 2020-2021, and ECSU Department of Student Success Student Tutor 2018-2020.
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Kelley Dablow School-wide Float
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Kelley Dablow
Kelley Dablow
School-wide Float

My name is Kelley Dablow, I’m 25 and so excited to be joining the LeafSpring School family! I moved to Virginia when I was 18 years old from Arizona and I fell in love with how beautiful the state is. I’m an avid hiker and you will more than likely find me hiking Shenandoah Valley on the weekends. I live here with my boyfriend Michael and our two very spoiled cats, Calvin and Theo. My background is in nursing. I briefly went to ODU for the pre-nursing program and I’ve been a CNA since high school. My experience has been mostly with the elderly but I’ve always wanted to work with children. I’m very excited to start this new chapter with all of you and help assist our wonderful lead teachers!

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Joanna Cunanan Infant Room Assistant Teacher
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Joanna Cunanan
Joanna Cunanan
Infant Room Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Joanna Cunanan. I was born in Guam but grew up as a Virginia Beach local. I’ve always been passionate about advocating for children and fostering their growth through my volunteer work with various youth programs; in addition, my previous jobs have involved taking care of children and their well being. I love going to the beach during my free time and day dreaming about travelling the world someday. I aspire to go to medical school and work in pediatrics in the future. This is what inspires me! I love knowing the work I do with children can set them up for a wonderful future full of opportunities and possibilities. Although working with kids can be challenging, I believe it is one of the most rewarding jobs getting to see them grow and flourish

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Alexandra Gatlin- Cornick Preschool / Nursery Float
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Alexandra Gatlin- Cornick
Alexandra Gatlin- Cornick
Preschool / Nursery Float

My name is Alexandra Gatlin Cornick. I was born and raised in VA Beach until 10 when my family moved to northern VA. After 16 years, I am back home. I have worked in the childcare field for about 7 years and, most recently, I taught kindergarten for the last year.  Through creating music, writing, and visual art I find the beauties and joys of life.

 

I am inspired by the knowledge of possibility. Knowing there are an infinite amount of ways for your heart’s desires to come to fruition. That drives me to continue to strive for success because even if one way didn’t work, that doesn’t mean it’s over.

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Phoebe Padilla Recreational Counselor
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Phoebe Padilla
Phoebe Padilla
Recreational Counselor

I’m looking into studying Early Childhood Development at TCC. I love kids! I’ve been around kids as long as I can remember. In my free time, I love going to the beach and being out in the sun during the summer. I love the color pink and chocolate

I am inspired by my daughter, Viviana!

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Brittany Clark Yellow Room Lead Teacher - Older Two's
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Brittany Clark
Brittany Clark
Yellow Room Lead Teacher - Older Two's

 

Hello! My name is Brittany Clark. I was born and raised in Hampton, VA. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Human Services Counseling: Psychology from Liberty University. While at Liberty, I was on the cheerleading team for four years.  After college, I taught first grade for four years in Newport News, VA. I have experience with coaching. I’ve coached gymnastics for four years.  I enjoy working with children of all ages. I love to see them grow and learn. In my free time, I love reading, shopping, and hanging out with family. I am excited to be a part of the LeafSpring family.

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Allie Nichols Recreational Counselor
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Allie Nichols
Allie Nichols
Recreational Counselor

I have been working with children for almost 10 years now. I have experience as a preschool assistant teacher, a Pre-K lead teacher, and a long-term substitute. I have worked with all age groups and I’m so excited to join the LeafSpring team!  I enjoy hanging out with my dog Betty, playing guitar, singing, reading and cooking. I love food!

 

 

I am inspired by understanding and building relationships and bonds with people

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Natarsha Hoggard Infant Room Assistant Teacher
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Natarsha Hoggard
Natarsha Hoggard
Infant Room Assistant Teacher

Hola! My name is Natarsha and I have had the privilege of being a part of LeafSpring School
since March of 2020. I’ve been working with children my whole life; I was basically born into it! I
really enjoy kids and it fills my heart with joy to watch them grow. I’m also excited to be a part of
this wonderful team of teachers at LeafSpring School .

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Kendall Mustian Recreational Counselor
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Kendall Mustian
Kendall Mustian
Recreational Counselor
Hi!! My name is Kendall Mustian
I’m 20 years old and just moved to Norfolk in August. I’m from Goochland Va which is between Richmond and Charlottesville! I love animals and have 2 dogs. I hope to one day own or manage my own summer camp or work for the NHL! I just started at leaf spring school and couldn’t be more excited to be working with kids again! The kids keep me laughing and on my toes. I worked at a summer camp near my house called Westview on the James as a summer camp counselor. Some of my favorite things at chick-fil-a, going on adventures with my friends and dogs and laying outside in my hammock.
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Kim Powers Gold Room Lead Teacher - Older Four's
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Kim Powers
Kim Powers
Gold Room Lead Teacher - Older Four's

Hi, I’m Kim Powers. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Millersville University. I have spent the last three years teaching Kindergarten and before that, I enjoyed working with preschoolers. I believe very strongly in living life “scientifically” meaning that every opportunity is a learning experience, a chance to ask questions, and of course, to look at challenges as a chance to improve and grow. I bring my personal philosophy of living scientifically to teaching by aiding students in finding their passion and exploring the world around them. Nothing is more satisfying than watching a child explore their passions through discovery, challenging themselves, and with some hard work and determination; achieve their goal! A smile on the face of a young scientist as they reach the “AH HA!” moment is the root of learning and the joy of any teacher. My dream is to help each child find their passion. Outside of work, I am an avid reader, an enthusiastic, if not over-ambitious gardener, an artist and amazingly, a mother. I enjoy spending time watching movies with my family, curling up with my cats to read a good book, and being outside in nature.

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NaBria Irvin Purple Room Assistant Teacher - Younger Four's
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NaBria Irvin
NaBria Irvin
Purple Room Assistant Teacher - Younger Four's

Hi! My name is NaBria. I am a graduate of Tidewater Community College. I am more of a reserved person. I enjoy drawing in my free time and I love games. I currently do not have children, but I do want some one day. My two dogs at home are my babies since they act like real babies. I think the thing that inspires me the most is my family. Being the older sibling out of the babies born, I am held to the utmost responsibility. I have to be a role model for them. I have people that look up to me at home and I want to be that person for your children. I want them to be able to come to me when they have a problem or be able to smile and tell me about their day. I cannot wait to be a part of your child’s life.

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Tiffani Moore Red Room Assistant Teacher - Toddlers
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Tiffani Moore
Tiffani Moore
Red Room Assistant Teacher - Toddlers

Hello, my name is Tiffani, I was born and raised here in Virginia. I am the assistant teacher for the red room class here at Leafspring School. I graduated from Kempsville High School where I attended the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow class during my junior and senior year. I also interned for an early childhood special education classroom at Kempsville Elementary School for my senior year of high school. I am a single mother with a two-year-old son who is a big ball of energy and keeps me on my toes all of the time. It is very rewarding to work with younger children, getting to watch them grow, and hit the important milestones in their lives.

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Janara Ferguson Yellow Room Assistant Teacher - Older Two's
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Janara Ferguson
Janara Ferguson
Yellow Room Assistant Teacher - Older Two's

Hello, my name is Janara Ferguson. In August 2019 my daughter Jaedyn and I made a life-changing decision to move to Virginia Beach from our hometown of Farmerville, Louisiana. Working in the public schools as an assistant teacher for over 15 years has given me the opportunity to work with children of all ages. I am elated to be part of the LeafSpring family. I am looking forward to building lasting friendships and simply having fun on the job with the children. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching my favorite t.v. shows, writing poetry and reading.

 

 

I am inspired by my family and me being the change I wish to see in the world by being a good leader and role model for children. “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.”

-Brad Henry

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Tenise Boyd Recreational Counselor
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Tenise Boyd
Tenise Boyd
Recreational Counselor

Hello, my name is Tenise Boyd. I grew up in Virginia Beach and I graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in integrated studies with a concentration in early education with a minor in English. I always had a love for children and teaching felt like the right path to pursue. I have a love for good books, playing video games, and watching cartoons/anime. I will be mainly in the village, but I could be floating around the younger classrooms when needed.

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Beau Ferguson Recreational Counselor
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Beau Ferguson
Beau Ferguson
Recreational Counselor

I was born in Norfolk, VA and grew up in VA Beach. I am a Navy veteran where I worked in Avionics. I lived in Vancouver, British Columbia where I continued to study until 2019. Afterwards, I moved back to Norfolk to finish my Master’s in Education. I like water sports, food, and my yellow lab, Twinkie.

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Monique Sanchez Administrative Assistant
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Monique Sanchez
Monique Sanchez
Administrative Assistant
Hello! My Name is Monique Sanchez. I am a new addition to the LeafSpring family,  and I am so happy to be here. Before coming to work at LeadSpring School, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University studying Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. I moved back to Virginia Beach in 2016 to work as a recruiter at a staffing agency and then moved into a position at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse as a Sales Supervisor. After moving from DSW, I was gratefully able to get the opportunity to work as the newest Administrative Assistant at LeafSpring School in Virginia Beach. I look forward to learning the ins and outs of being in this role.
A little more about me, in my spare time you can find me outside going on walks or hikes enjoying the fresh outdoor air and sun. If I catch a rainy day, you can find me cuddling up with my dog and cat, Baily and Soba, on the couch with a blanket and a good book. My hobbies also include experimenting in the kitchen, learning about new cultures, and LEARNING in general! My soon-to-be learning venture will be learning the piano.
Most friends and family would describe me as someone who loves to meet new people, talk a lot, and always be smiling. With that being said, I am very happy to join the LeafSpring family and look forward to learning more about the families and staff. Can’t wait to meet everyone!
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Deanne Waller Private Kindergarten Teacher
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Deanne Waller
Deanne Waller
Private Kindergarten Teacher

Hello!
My name is Deanne Waller. I have been teaching for thirty years for Virginia Beach City Public
Schools. I have taught second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. I have an
Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education,
and a Masters Degree in Education.
I have been married for 29 years and have two daughters. My daughter, Kayla is a senior at
VA Tech. She will be graduating this year. My youngest daughter is a junior at McDaniel
College in Maryland. She has played travel softball since she was eight years old. She has
continued to play softball at the collegiate level. She is a pitcher on her team.
I love to read and swim. I also love to watch baseball and softball. I am so excited to be a
kindergarten teacher at LeafSpring this year. I have always wanted to teach kindergarten and
my dream has come true!
I love to teach and believe all children need to feel safe and happy. My goal for this year is to
have every child in my class feel safe, confident, respected, and excited to come to school
every day. I am looking forward to meeting all of the wonderful families at LeafSpring!!!!

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Brittany Gavigan Preschool / Nursery Float
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Brittany Gavigan
Brittany Gavigan
Preschool / Nursery Float

I’m a senior at Albright College finishing my bachelors degree in Child and Family Studies online. I help raise my niece who was born in July 2019, so working in the infant room gives me great joy since I get to see how much she has grow and watch other children reach their milestones. It’s my first year at LeafSpring School and I couldn’t be more excited to see how the year unfolds!

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Deiara Williams Orange Room Assistant Teacher- Younger Two's
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Deiara Williams
Deiara Williams
Orange Room Assistant Teacher- Younger Two's

Bio coming soon.

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Desmond Mobley Recreational Counselor
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Desmond Mobley
Desmond Mobley
Recreational Counselor

Hey!  My name is Desmond Mobley, also known as Mr. Desmond.  I am 22 years old and I am from Yokosuka, Japan. Since the first day I came to LeafSpring I knew that this was the place I wanted to work.  I have been working with children since I was fifteen years old and I also coach basketball at the recreational center at the high school level for over 5 years now.  I’m preparing to transfer to ODU to major in Physical Education.  I plan to be a teacher and basketball coach at the school.  My hobbies are coaching, watching basketball, and spending time with my son, girlfriend and family. I also love traveling with my basketball team to new states to explore new things.  I’m a very nice and polite person and I like to always be positive.  I look forward to guiding the children to be the leaders of our future.

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DJ Brokaw School-Wide Float
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DJ Brokaw
DJ Brokaw
School-Wide Float

Hi, my name is Delandra, but I go by DJ!  I am a float here in the Village as well as the Preschool!  I have lived in Virginia Beach for 20+ years now.  I went to college in Michigan where I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science before moving home again.  Outside of LeafSpring School, I teach group and private figure skating and hockey lessons in Virginia Beach.  I have worked with children for a long time on the ice, in summer camps, as well as some classroom experience.  My goal here at LeafSpring School is to learn and grow as a teacher.

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Jessica Chance Infant Room Lead Teacher
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Jessica Chance
Jessica Chance
Infant Room Lead Teacher

I have worked at LeafSpring School for four years.  I left to start an adventure as a private nanny, but life has brought me back to my LS family! I am currently taking classes to earn my CDA for infants and toddler care. I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs.

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Jessica Mason Recreational Counselor (Seasonal)
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Jessica Mason
Jessica Mason
Recreational Counselor (Seasonal)

Hello, I’ve been with LeafSpring since 2014. I have enjoyed working as an Assistant Pre-K Teacher and Recreation Counselor. I’m originally from Peoria, Illinois but I’ve been living in Virginia Beach, Virginia since I graduated in 2011. I attended Liberty University where I received my degree in Sport Management and Psychology. I left LeafSpring for some time to work as a Recreation Supervisor in our children’s camp, Splash Kamp at Holiday Inn North Beach. I’ve had several opportunities working as an Assistant Teacher, Assistant Facility Manager, Coach, First Responder and Recreation Aid in public schools, recreation programs and sports leagues around the city. But, nothing makes me happier than putting education and physical activity together. I’m excited to be back at LeafSpring with people I can call family.

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Kim Mead Red Room Lead Teacher - Toddlers
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Kim Mead
Kim Mead
Red Room Lead Teacher - Toddlers

Hello friends! My name is Kim Mead and I am the Lead Teacher for the toddlers. I love this age because everything is new and exciting for the little ones. Originally a Jersey girl, I graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts, and have been married for over 25 years. In the beginning, we moved quite frequently with the Army, before settling in Virginia. My husband and I have two, wonderful children now in college. We all moved to the Virginia Beach area in 2016 and love it here! When I’m not in the classroom, you might find me on the courts, on the beach, playing with my dog, fishing, kayaking, or spending time with family and friends. Thank you for entrusting me with your tiny treasures!

What inspires me: learning through laughter. It always amazes me how young children can grasp concepts when having fun. They are like little sponges, who soak everything in.

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Maddie Starner Recreational Counselor
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Maddie Starner
Maddie Starner
Recreational Counselor

Hi! My name is Maddie Starner and I moved to Virginia Beach in 2016 from a small town in Indiana.  I have a son named Bradley who was born September 11, 2017. I have been with LeafSpring School for four years! I graduated with my Associate of Science in the Social Sciences in December 2019. I have been working with children of all ages since I was fifteen years old. I love the connection that can be made with children and they can always brighten up my day. My goal at LeafSpring School is to provide a positive and engaging environment outside of the classic school setting.

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Mahogany Ellis Preschool / Nursery Float
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Mahogany Ellis
Mahogany Ellis
Preschool / Nursery Float

I have my degree in Early Childhood Education & Development. With no children of my own, I enjoy coming to work to teach and care for others. I have been with LeafSpring for some time now & have come to love the family I work with. I’m so excited to be teaching and can’t wait for all that is in store at LeafSpring School!

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Athena de Graaf Preschool Assistant Director
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Athena de Graaf
Athena de Graaf
Preschool Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Athena de Graaf and I have been with LeafSpring School for 13 years. I started at LeafSpring School at Virginia Beach in June 2007. That same year, I transferred to LeafSpring School at Wyndham and taught there before returning to Virginia Beach in 2013. I have been a lead teacher in Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Gold, and Transitional Kindergarten. I earned my  Bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Liberty University and have worked with children of all age groups before working at LeafSpring School.

I am married to my best friend, Brandon, and together we have been blessed with two wonderful children, Joe and Jordin. I love watching my daughter compete in her golf tournaments and my son compete in flag football.

I love my job and getting to know all the families. The kids give me a reason to smile each day.

Inspiration can be found anywhere. I am deeply inspired by my faith and family. They motivate me to focus on the important things and to not be swayed by the uncertainties and negativity in this world.

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Barbara Garbin Preschool Float
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Barbara Garbin
Barbara Garbin
Preschool Float

My name is Barbara Garbin and I have a degree in Fine Art and Art Education. While living in Pittsburgh, I taught Art for a few years and worked in an Art Studio as a Computer Graphics Designer. Upon moving here to Virginia Beach, I have been a Preschool Computer Teacher, a Lead Teacher for 2 1/2 to 3-year-old children and a Lead Pre-K Teacher. I have a son, Josh. I enjoy watching football and an occasional movie as well as going to concerts here in Virginia Beach.

 

I find that simple things inspire me. When things get chaotic or life presents challenges, I take time to pause and reflect. I get inspired from visiting new places, taking time to enjoy nature, or just taking time for myself.

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Brian Guinter Green Room Lead Teacher - Younger Three's
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Brian Guinter
Brian Guinter
Green Room Lead Teacher - Younger Three's

I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working with children for over 5 years now. I moved late 2015 down here from Pennsylvania and I am enjoying it thoroughly. I’m very happy that I was able to find a position away from my hometown that made me just as comfortable as I was there. I am looking forward to helping your children grow and learn as much as I can from them.

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Angeline Fontimayor Village Director
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Angeline Fontimayor
Angeline Fontimayor
Village Director

Greetings families!  I have been with LeafSpring School since our doors have opened in 2007.  I have enjoyed serving as a previous Recreational Counselor, Village Assistant Director, and Village Program Director.  I attended Old Dominion University where I earned my B. S. in Human Services Counseling and minored in both Management and Psychology.  I physically left the program in 2016 to relocate to Northern California.  While I was in California, many life changes happened- I am now married to my best friend, Chris.  Chris and I have a two-year-old named Calaleya.  I have literally watched our Virginia Beach site grow, both physically from the days where it was still being built to emotionally, in which I proudly share our school-wide accomplishments.  I am happy and humbled to be back on the Admin team and on the East Coast!

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Hazel Mariano Executive Director and Owner
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Hazel Mariano
Hazel Mariano
Executive Director and Owner

I am the owner of LeafSpring VB. I graduated from Green High School, received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and after having worked in pediatrics for a few years, I went on to receive my Master of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University. I worked as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for many years, and it is during that time that I saw a need in our community for a quality early education program that also encompassed a nursing component. LeafSpring School is the perfect marriage of nursing and education, and I am happy to be a part of it.

Currently, if you will often see me roaming the halls and classrooms of LeafSpring School, or in the Get Well Place. I have five children whose academic and athletic endeavors take up the bulk of my “free time”, but I enjoy supporting them and spending time with my family. I also enjoy cooking, as well as getting caught up in a good read.

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Joyce Oandasan Site Director
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Joyce Oandasan
Joyce Oandasan
Site Director

Hi! My name is Joyce and I have been with the company since its inception in 2007. Prior to that, I worked for Rainbow Station (LeafSpring School) in Richmond, VA since 2000. I have my BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism and my MS in Early Childhood Studies. I am an advocate for young children and am actively involved in the early childhood scene on a local and state level. On a personal note, my husband and I have two children, Ezra Jane and Paul, Jr. I no longer have my own hobbies, but now look forward to the different ways to make memories with my family – surprise trips to Dairy Queen, the beach, and Richmond are the favorites.

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Kim Greelish Recreational Counselor
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Kim Greelish
Kim Greelish
Recreational Counselor

Hi, my name is Kim Greelish. I am a Recreational Counselor for the Village at LeafSpring School. I am originally from North Carolina and moved to Virginia when I was fifteen. I am married, have two children, and three pets. I received my Associate’s Degree at Tidewater Community College. I have acquired over five years of experience working with children. I have been a part of the LeafSpring School family for over three years.  I truly enjoy working with children and teaching them to be at their very best. My goal is to ensure every parent at LeafSpring School that their child is safe, learning to the fullest, and having lots of fun. In my spare time, I love to watch movies, shopping, and spending time with my family.

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Krystal Boone Village Assistant Director
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Krystal Boone
Krystal Boone
Village Assistant Director

In May 2012 I was hired to work in the Gold Room for the summer and then in Blue Room for the following school year as the assistant teacher. In Aug 2013 I transitioned to the Administrative Assistant in the Preschool building where I worked until June 2015. The military sent my husband and me to San Diego, CA for 6 months then to Jacksonville, FL for 3 years.  I am so happy to be back in Hampton Roads and to be a part of the LeafSpring family once again. While I was gone I received my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education PK-6 and was granted my teaching license in the state of Virginia.  Also, while away I continued my work in the early education field working at a preschool where I continued to grow as an educator as well as have my own son who will be turning three years old on Halloween! I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and playing board games! I am excited to return to LeafSpring School as the new Village Assistant Director.

The future inspires me. Knowing that I work in a field that is helping shape the minds and attitudes of our future generation is a gift within itself.

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Mallory Cooper Gold Room Assistant Teacher - Older Four's
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Mallory Cooper
Mallory Cooper
Gold Room Assistant Teacher - Older Four's

I was born and raised in Virginia Beach and I am the oldest of 7. My experience with children started with being a nanny and I currently attend NSU, majoring in Elementary Education and Psychology. My hobbies are music and art. I love movies and traveling.

 

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Mar Rallos Recreational Counselor (Seasonal)
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Mar Rallos
Mar Rallos
Recreational Counselor (Seasonal)

Hi everyone! My name is Marian but please call me Mar. I was born in Oregon but have lived in Virginia since I was very little so Virginia Beach is what I consider home. I have been an employee of Leaf Spring since 2016 and have grown and learned so much from working here. The opportunity to learn from my work with children has been a humbling experience for me.  In my spare time, I love to travel, play with my dog, hang out with my loved ones, read, research topics I’m interested in and learn new languages.

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Melissa Merrill Curriculum Specialist and Private Kindergarten Teacher
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Melissa Merrill
Melissa Merrill
Curriculum Specialist and Private Kindergarten Teacher

I have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and I have been teaching preschool for 20 years. I joined the LeafSpring School family over two years ago and I am having a great time. I have been a military wife for over 20 years.  I have the best son anyone could wish for, Harrison. When I am not working or preparing for work, I love to read. We are going to have so much fun and so many adventures. I have an open-door policy so please feel free to ask me any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. I believe that it takes a village to prepare a child for a lifetime of success. Together we can help your child become ready to tackle the world of Kindergarten! Here’s to a great year!

 

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Patty Oswald Purple Room Lead Teacher - Younger Four's
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Patty Oswald
Patty Oswald
Purple Room Lead Teacher - Younger Four's

My name is Patty Oswald and I will be your child’s new pre-k teacher for the school year. I am beyond excited to work with your children and as many of you already know, I have potty-trained your child at some point many moons ago. I am going on my 11th year at Leafspring School. I am the mother of a rising 10th grader his name is Toby and a dog mommy to Miss Daisy. I am bringing back the old school games and learning through nature in the classroom. The children are going to have so much fun at school they won’t even notice how smart they are getting. I am structured and I love routines. I love stories too, either tell them myself or have them told to me. We will be reading plenty of books and documenting which ones we read and how many we read throughout the year. Here is to an awesome year.

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Ron Tolbert Blue Room Lead Teacher - Older Three's
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Ron Tolbert
Ron Tolbert
Blue Room Lead Teacher - Older Three's

I love teaching, growing minds, and most important, the Lord! I previously worked at LeafSpring School from 2007 to 2012. For those who remember, yes, I still go by “Superman.” My favorite color is red and my girlfriend’s name is pepperoni pizza. I am back, and everyone, let me tell you – it feels good being home!

 

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Shenequa Thomas Blue Room Assistant Teacher - Older Three's
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Shenequa Thomas
Shenequa Thomas
Blue Room Assistant Teacher - Older Three's

I graduated from Kellam H.S. and the VB Technical and Career Education Center in 2015. I am attending TCC to become a school counselor. I enjoy reading books in my spare time. It will be a great honor to work with your children.

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Shirley Hoggard Green Room Assistant Teacher - Younger Three's
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Shirley Hoggard
Shirley Hoggard
Green Room Assistant Teacher - Younger Three's

I have been with LeafSpring School for 10 years now and I love it! I am a mother of two boys, Isaiah and MJ.  I am one of 11 siblings! I attended the VoTech Center in Virginia Beach for Early Childhood Education and I received my certificate. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping with my son and spending time with my family. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I am very excited to be teaching.

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Uli Diehl Orange Room Lead Teacher - Younger Two's
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Uli Diehl
Uli Diehl
Orange Room Lead Teacher - Younger Two's

Hello, my name is Ulrike Diehl, but you can call me Ms. Uli. I was born in the States. My parents are both from Germany and after living in North Carolina for three years, we moved back to Germany. I spent most of my childhood there – with two years in Argentina. I speak German, English, a bit of Spanish, and some French. I studied four years of Early Childhood Education in Germany to become a teacher ranging from infants to school-age children. I have been living in Virginia Beach for over seven years and have been working as a live-in nanny.

 

 

 

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