Meet our team
Ms. Vicky has been a teacher at CDCW for more than 20 years! Currently, she is an assistant in our toddler program. In the words of Ms. Vicky, "I absolutely love the environment here and I enjoy everything I do with the children. It makes my days so much brighter." Ms. Vicky also makes our days brighter with her beautiful artwork and contagious laughter!
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Ms. Shelby is the proud mother of two teenage boys, Miller kitty, and her dogs. Ms. Shelby has worked at CDCW for over 14 years as our Lead Junior Kindergarten teacher in the Desert room. In the words of Ms. Shelby, " I truly love working with this age group as they have such a thirst for learning. I get the best of both worlds with my job; I get to have fun every day and teach!". When Ms. Shelby isn't teaching or leading an exciting celebration at CDCW, you can probably find her going all out and decorating for the next holiday!!
Ms. Donna has been teaching at CDCW for 18 years, and has been the Lead Teacher in the Jungle Room for 17 years. She has three grown children and says raising them was her greatest joy. Ms. Donna reveals that, "Working with 4 year olds can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding!". In addition to being a Lead Teacher, Ms. Donna is the Health and Safety Assistant which allows her to assist administration with the policies and procedures that help CDCW maintain a safe and healthy environment. When Ms. Donna is not at school, you can likely find her relaxing at the beach, watching the sunset.
Ms. Carol is one of CDCW's original employees and has been a part of our family for over 25 years! Ms. Carol started the first day CDCW opened as a lead teacher in our preschool program and has advanced to her current position as the Art Specialist at CDCW. Ms. Carol runs an outstanding art program in the Avenues building with both our preschool and afterschool children. Ms. Carol has two beautiful grandchildren that bring her joy each day. She also has a passion for quilting and will never turn down an invitation for tea!
Ms. Chay has been a teacher at CDCW for over 15 years. Ms. Chay said that she loves coming to school each day because she works "in such a family environment where love, kindness and compassion are all around". Ms. Chay is known for her lively personality that truly shines whenever we have school celebrations. She has two daughters, one of which attends CDCW right now, and she has a little boy on the way. In her spare time, you will find Ms. Chay spending time with her family, or riding her motorcycle!
Originally from Columbia with over 15 years experience in early childhood education, Ms. Malu joined the CDCW family in 2018 and teaches our youngest children, the infants. Ms. Malu's gentle and kind spirit allows her to give the babies (and the new parents) a feeling of comfort and security. Ms. Malu has two grown daughters who attend NYU, one in law school and the other studying computer design. Ms. Malu enjoys watching movies and being with her family in her spare time.
Our Administrative Assistant, Ms. Theresa, lives just down the road in Rockville, Va. With a passion for helping others, Ms. Theresa enjoys assisting parents through the many nuances in childcare. Ms. Theresa has two grown children. Her son started care at CDCW on the first day we opened, in the Jungle Room, and her daughter began in the Pond room the following year. Years later, Ms. Theresa’s son worked at CDCW during his highschool summers. Ms. Theresa says, “This school feels like a part of my family” as it has woven itself throughout her family and her life.