Meet the D39C Preschool Teachers!


We are so excited that our students at D39C will have an Arts Residency Program sponsored by by the Wolf Trap and Northrup-Grumman Foundation. Check out more information on the following flyer.

We have four fabulous preschool teachers joining the D39C team!



Paula Cotton
Preschool Teacher

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  Maya Angelou

What is something you’ve always wanted to try?
Stand-up paddle boarding!

Do you eat the stems of broccoli?

YES, it's my favorite part!

Tell us about your superpowers.

I can feed a crowd at a moments notice...from what I have in my home.  I can whip up a sign by the time others can gather their materials to make one.  I can also grow almost anything in my garden.  At this very moment I have tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, carrots, eggplant, radishes, onions, corn, green beans, zucchini, cantaloupe, pumpkin.  I also am growing almost 20 fruit trees!

Favorite Board Game(s)

Definitely BLOKUS!

Storms - Cool or Scary?

VERY cool and sometimes scary.

What excites you the most about Design39Campus?

The people, for sure!

Who let the dogs out?

My husband, he usually gets up first!  Hahahaha

What makes you laugh?

My own silly jokes!  And when kids say the most amazing things, which is why I LOVE early childhood!

What is one word that your friends would use to describe you?

Kind

What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?

Seeing how much the children have "grown" from September to June!

What is you totem animal?

A bear

Dream vacation spot?

Beijing

If you had a Magic School Bus, where would you take your students?

The moon

What line or shape do you identify with?

A circle, no beginning, no end, no corners or straight lines, yep, that's me!

Favorite font

Chalkboard and Century Gothic




Maria Fanianos
Preschool Teacher

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

What is something you’ve always wanted to try?
Scuba diving

Do you eat the stems of broccoli?

No

Tell us about your superpowers.

I speak Spanish, play tennis and love to cook.

Favorite Board Game(s)

Family Feud

Storms - Cool or Scary?

Scary

What excites you the most about Design39Campus?

Change and hands on learning.

What makes you laugh?

My preschoolers

What is one word that your friends would use to describe you?

Sweet

What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?

Seeing my preschool kids grow, laugh and learn

What is you totem animal?

Owl

Dream vacation spot?

Aruba

If you had a Magic School Bus, where would you take your students?

Europe

What line or shape do you identify with?

Square and rectangle

Favorite font

Arial



Michele Janette-Ulrich
Preschool Teacher

"If a child can't learn the way we teach maybe we should teach the way they learn." - Ignacio Estrada

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
- Ghandi. 

I love quotes!

What is something you’ve always wanted to try?
Scuba diving

Do you eat the stems of broccoli?

No

What is something you’ve always wanted to try?
Traveling abroad

Do you eat the stems of broccoli?
Yes, part way.

Tell us about your superpowers.
Being intuitive and empathetic about the feelings of others.

Favorite Board Game(s)
Scrabble and Monopoly

Storms - Cool or Scary?
Cool

What excites you the most about Design39Campus?
Putting the excitement and joy back into teaching and helping children develop a love of learning. Also, being a part of this wonderful team of innovative educators who are so inclusive. As a preschool teacher, I've been at schools where preschool is considered separate and it is refreshing to feel so welcome, wanted and appreciated!

What makes you laugh?
Preschoolers make me smile every day! They can say and do the funniest things! Their innocence and sincerity truly warm my heart. 

What is one word that your friends would use to describe you?
Compassionate

What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?
Watching children grow and learn and knowing I had a hand in that, seeing their excitement when they make discoveries. 

What is you totem animal?
Wolf

Dream vacation spot
On a beach or in Europe

If you had a Magic School Bus, where would you take your students?
To see a working farm






Marie-Claire Jusseaume
Preschool Teacher

"Everyone smiles in the same language."

What is something you’ve always wanted to try?
Learn to play the guitar and paint.

Do you eat the stems of broccoli?

Yes

Tell us about your superpowers.

I have the ability of getting things done even against all odds. Being organized, finding creative solutions.  Fluent in three languages (no credit to me, I picked these up when I was little!)

Favorite Board Game(s)

Sorry!  I love its unpredictable outcome.

Storms - Cool or Scary?

A little scary but very cool!

What excites you the most about Design39Campus?

The endless opportunity to tap into our creativity.  How team work is valued and the individual respected.

Who let the dogs out?

My husband did, and I let them back in!

What makes you laugh?

My husband, and the cute things that come out of the mouths of little children.

What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?

Getting to work with children.  I love getting to see their face light up when they finally accomplish a task that has been especially challenging for them. 

What is you totem animal?

The Dove

Dream vacation spot:

I don’t have to think twice:  definitely Deia, Mallorca. 

If you had a Magic School Bus, where would you take your students?

Paris

What line or shape do you identify with?

The heart.

Favorite font:

Arial.