Teachers & Staff
Our staff members are highly qualified and serve as positive role models and learning facilitators. All lead teachers have college degrees, including early childhood coursework. Additionally, all staff are required to attend continuing education training each year. Our assistants are experienced and educated in early childhood education. Teachers and assistants work together as teaching teams, facilitating a positive and rich learning environment.
We have dedicated office staff who also serve as a positive part of the ECC experience. They take the time to get to know the children and parents, and assist the teachers as needed.
Bailey has always known she would work with children and has been in the education field for nearly 20 years. Bailey earned a degree in Elementary Education from Elon University and certification in Early Childhood Administration. Bailey began her career as an MCPS teacher, then
Pearl Chu-Lead Teacher
Pearl believes that it is important for children to know that their ideas and opinions are accepted, valued, and supported by their peers and adults. In her classroom, creativity and creative expression are not limited to one part of the curriculum or one area of the classroom, but are expressed continuously through the playful exploration of objects, language, and ideas in a nurturing environment. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science and is now working towards another degree in Early Childhood Education. Pearl has twenty years of experience working with children, starting first at Gymboree Play and Music, Sunday schools, and then working as an administrator and preschool teacher. She lives with her husband and have two college aged children and a miniature schnauzer. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and encouraging children to take risks that will inspire their learning.
Ann Posner-Assistant Teacher
Ann fell in love with ECC 37 years ago when looking for a preschool for her then three year old. She found exactly what she wanted for him at ECC with the play based school with a loving, nurturing, and talented staff. She immediately registered him and soon became part of the staff she so admired. Ann started out at ECC as a substitute, became an assistant, and then worked as a teacher for ten years at another preschool. Ann grabbed the opportunity to come back home to ECC as a teacher in 1998. She taught the three year old class for 15 years and in her "retirement" found her niche as an assistant at ECC once again. Ann earned a degree in theater and education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. ECC is Ann’s happy place and she hopes to be here for many more years.
Tiffany Wilson- Teacher
Tiffany is a native Washingtonian with 6 years of teaching experience. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and she truly enjoys teaching 2-years olds at ECC. Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of DC.
Tiffany believes that learning through play is one of the best approaches for young children. She engages children in the learning process by asking questions and demonstrating actions for them to model while playing making learning seamless.
When Tiffany is not teaching she enjoys baking, reading mysteries and watching science fiction shows.
Amanda Greninger-Assistant Director
Amanda joined ECC in 2016 via a happy career change from commercial real estate management. Amanda lives in Silver Spring with her husband, two girls and senior dog Desmond. Amanda is excited to get to know each one of your children and watch them grow!
Denise Harvey-Lead Teacher
Denise grew up knowing she was very interested in working with children. She graduated from college with a degree in Guidance Counseling. After moving to Arizona, her career goals shifted to Recruiting and then Human Resources where she focused on being trustworthy, honest, and detailed. When she and her husband welcomed their daughter to their family in 2010, staying home to raise her was the number one priority. In 2013, the Arizona Harveys moved to Rockville with the desire to be in a diverse city as well as to be closer to family in New York.
In researching preschools for her own daughter, she saw various philosophies and heard feedback from other parents on what worked and didn't work for them depending on their child, discovering that even siblings might have different learning environment needs. As a classroom volunteer and co-op parent, she learned so much from other parents and the children she worked with. As children are learning to communicate and develop their social and emotional skills, she believes it is important for teachers and parents to communicate in order to provide a strong continuous foundation to support learning.
She is excited to work at a school that promotes those building blocks and she is dedicated to being a positive, compassionate and supportive role models for families.
Maya Reyes-Assistant Teacher
Maya has always loved working with children. Throughout college Maya worked as a camp counselor and an after school program leader. Maya graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History and later earned a Masters degree in Social Work. As a social worker, Maya frequently worked with children and families. Her favorite job as a social worker was based in a preschool, and allowed her to work with preschool children and their families who were experiencing homelessness. Maya took some time away from the workforce to raise her three children, and that experience reinforced her desire to work with young children. While home with her children she also volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and as a leader for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Maya started working for ECC in 2019, and is thrilled to be part of the team at ECC. She values getting to know each child as an individual, and she loves watching the children grow and learn every day.
Lisa believes in using unconditional positive regard when working with children. She believes this helps them have a growth mindset. She believes play, nature, music, and movement are important to the child’s growth.
She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Secondary degree in American Ethnic Studies and Minor in Rhetoric/Communication. For over 25 years, she has worked with children and adolescents. She has worked in recreation, mental health, child care and educational settings. She lives in Rockville with her husband, 3 sons, and 2 cats.
AnnMarie Kase-Lead Teacher
AnnMarie is committed to ensuring a nurturing classroom environment to learn through play. Her teaching style brings out opportunities for the children to express themselves, stimulate knowledge and develop an interest in learning. Her two (now adult) daughters attended ECC and when they graduated to elementary school, she made the transition from ECC parent to ECC teacher.
At a very young age, AnnMarie knew she wanted to work with children. Originally from New York, she graduated from the University of Maryland and earned a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from The George Washington University. She began her career at the Arc of Montgomery Count, teaching young children who had chronic medical conditions.
Selam Shari-Assistant Teacher
Selam Shari joined the ECC team for the 2021/22 school year as an assistant in the Explorers class. A mother of two young children (one of whom attends ECC in the 2s class), she is originally from Ethiopia but has spent time living in several countries due to her husband’s work in global public health. Drawing on a passion for working with young children, she recently made the decision to transition her career to Early Childhood Education through a program at Montgomery College. Her favorite parts of teaching include designing creative, hands-on craft activities for the kids – and getting involved actively playing with them.
In her free time free time she likes baking with her family, and getting outdoors to hike and explore nature with her kids. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Selam and her family enjoyed traveling and exploring different places – and hope to have an opportunity to do that more again in the future!