Meet our Administrative and Lead staff!

MS ASTRID, DIRECTOR: Astrid Crookshank has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of California, and additional college coursework in Early Childhood Administration and Curriculum Planning. She joined St James’ in September, 1993. Astrid has many years of experience teaching infants to three-year-olds, was our Assistant Director for 22 years, and has been Director since 2015. She has experience building curriculum, training and managing staff, and forming strong relationships with the children and families.

MS JENNIFER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Jennifer Chandler is our Administrative Assistant. She has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College and is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Jennifer has over 21 years of experience working with infants through school-age children. Jennifer joined St. James’ in September, 2001.

MS REBECCA, PROGRAM ASSISTANT: Rebecca Boker is our Program Assistant. She works part-time to support the teachers with the curriculum and Maryland EXCELS standards in all classrooms. Rebecca has taught pre-k and kindergarten-age children and is part of our administrative team. Rebecca has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland. She has over 26 years of experience in the childcare field. Rebecca joined our staff in July, 2005.

MS JEN, INFANTS LEAD TEACHER: Jen Morales is a teacher in our Infants program. She has completed her Associates degree in Early Childhood and is pursuing her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. She has eight years of experience working with infants to preschool children. Jen joined us in July, 2017.

MS TIFFANY, OLDER INFANTS LEAD TEACHER: Tiffany Greenberg is a teacher in our Older Infants program. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College. Tiffany has several years of experience with children infants to pre-k and joined us at St James’ in June, 2006.

MS KIM, TODDLERS LEAD TEACHER: Kim Belcher is a teacher in our Toddlers program. She has completed the 90-hour Preschool certification and is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 21 years of experience working with infants and toddlers and joined our team at St James’ in July, 1998.

MS DANA, TWOS HEAD TEACHER: Dana Stafford is a teacher in our Twos program. She has over 21 years of experience teaching children age toddler through two years. Dana has a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland. She joined our team at St James’ in September, 1996.

MS RITA, THREES HEAD TEACHER: Rita Harrell is a teacher in our Threes program. Rita has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Virginia Union University and has taken additional coursework in Curriculum and Child Development. Rita has many years of experience with children infants through school-age and joined St. James’ in August, 2017.

MS YUGANTI, FOURS HEAD TEACHER AND ART TEACHER: Yuganti Shirodkar is a teacher in our Pre-K/Fours program and our school Art Teacher. She has 11 years of experience teaching art to children age pre-k to middle school. Yuganti has a Master’s degree in Education (Art) from University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Graphic Design from India. She joined our team in September, 2016.

MS SONIA, PRE-K HEAD TEACHER: Sonia Schwartz is a teacher in our Pre-K classroom. She has over 28 years of experience working in the childcare field. Sonia has taught many age groups from infants to school age children and has several years working as a Preschool director. Sonia has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University (Toronto). Sonia joined our team at St. James’ in August, 2002.