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Teachers & Staff

Our school and staff belong to various professional organizations including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI), and the Potomac Association of Cooperative Teachers (PACT).

We are licensed by Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care in accordance with the state and local regulations for educational standards and teacher qualifications.

All of our teachers and staff have four-year degrees, extensive experience, and many hours of continuing education training every year. They are a collaborative, collegial group, who enjoy working with each other and with parents in the uniquely open, welcoming format of a cooperative preschool.

Rana Oriolo (4s)

ranaMrs. Rana’s positive attitude, kind disposition, and non-stop energy make it so very easy for parents to entrust their most precious possessions to her. Her ability to balance the individual needs of her students, along with her understanding of young children’s development in a group, allow Mrs. Rana to create a warm, nurturing environment where children learn together and thrive as individuals. Her creativity and enthusiasm for the craft of teaching is readily visible anywhere you look in her classroom, from the carefully planned learning centers to the varied art projects and sensory experiences she offers her little charges every day.

Mrs. Rana has been teaching at RCNS since September 2009. She has taught in the 2-year-old, 3-year old and 4-year old programs.

She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development and a Birth-Kindergarten teaching license.

Mrs. Rana knows the parent cooperative model from both sides, as a teacher, and as an RCNS parent for six years.

Sofya Samoylova (3s)

Ms. Sofya’s love of learning and enthusiasm for children, coupled with her age-appropriate child-centered activities will engage you and your child immediately. Ms. Sofya’s deep affection for the children she teaches, and her desire to provide a rich, varied experience for them, make her classroom an exciting place of learning. Like many of our children, she is bilingual, so she brings a strong understanding to the language development of children who come to us with more than one language at home.

Ms. Sofya has been teaching the RCNS 3-year-old program since September 2010.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Russian Language and Literature and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College.

Ms. Sofya has devoted nineteen years to the early childhood field.

Marcia Levy (4s)

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Mrs. Levy is a dynamic teacher whose warm and caring spirit permeates the classroom. Parents are thrilled watching their little ones grow and develop in her care. Children are always eager to greet her with a hug and a moment of one-on-one connection, whether they are her current students or one of her many special friends who have long since graduated from our school. Mrs Levy helps children in the 4s make the most of their last year of play-based preschool, while positioning them for a smooth transition into Kindergarten and beyond.

She speaks Portuguese as well as English, and often shares her love of her beautiful native language with her little charges.

Mrs. Levy has been teaching the 4-year-old program at RCNS since September 2007.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Sao Paulo Apostolo in Brazil and a certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Early Childhood Institute, Inc.

Kimberly Mahoney (Director)

kimMrs. Mahoney’s unassuming, collaborative approach disguises the depth of experience and knowledge she brings to interactions with teachers and parents. We all value her friendly, kind manner with a child who needs a little extra attention outside of the classroom, and the flexible way she works with parents to help us learn our tasks and complete them well. Her vision for our school, from curriculum to physical environment to community, and her consistent, conscientious way of taking care of mundane, but critical, needs of our school, are both indispensable to our school community.

Mrs. Mahoney has been the director at RCNS since June 2008 and has dedicated seventeen years – as both a director and a teacher – to our school.

She graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and then earned a Nursery through grade 6 teaching certificate from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to joining RCNS, Mrs. Mahoney ran a licensed home day care center for many years in New York State. She has five adult children of her own.

Elizabeth Moreno (2s and Parent/Child class)

Ms ElizabethMs. Elizabeth’s passion for nurturing social emotional development and shaping young minds and hearts makes her the perfect teacher to guide our 2s in their transition into a classroom environment. Her understanding of the needs of two-year-old’s and the strategies necessary for their success ensures a positive first school experience.

Ms. Elizabeth has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Pedagogics from the National Pedagogic University in Columbia and the Early Childhood Education Certificate from the Early Childhood Institute. Ms. Elizabeth speaks Spanish as well as English.

Ms. Elizabeth has been a valued part of the RCNS team since 2014. She is familiar with the parent cooperative model both as a co-oper and a substitute teacher. This will be her first year as a permanent member of the RCNS teaching staff.

Chip Carvell (Music & Movement)

Chip Carvell brings excellence and FUN in music education to our little ones at RCNS as our supplemental music teacher. As well as being a frequent guest instructor at RCNS, Mr. Chip also teaches a variety of studio classes through Little Hands Music. He is a former Special Education teacher with a masters degree in education and human development from George Washington University. His two son’s are RCNS alumni.

Mr. Chip’s love of music began with folk songs  around the campfire and has taken him through jazz bands, funk bands, Kindermusik, songwriting and more.

See Mr. Chip in action here.