Meet our Administrative and Lead staff!
MS ASTRID, DIRECTOR Astrid Crookshank has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from University of California and 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 REBECCA, PROGRAM ASSISTANT Rebecca Boker is our Program Assistant and works with 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 25 years of experience in the childcare field. Rebecca joined our staff in July, 2005.
MS JENNIFER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Jennifer Chandler is our Administrative Assistant. She has completed the 90 hour Preschool certification, as well as 45 hour certifications for Infants and School Age children. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience working with infants through school-age children. Jennifer joined St. James’ in September, 2001.
MARY SLABY, BUSINESS MANAGER Mary is our Business Manager. She has a degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Gerontology. She was the Finance Director for the National Cathedral School for 13 years before moving to South Carolina. She is long time member of St. James’ Episcopal Church and has been with St. James’ Children’s School since November, 2015.
MS JEN, INFANT LEAD TEACHER Jen Morales is a teacher in our Infant program. She has completed her Associates degree in Early Childhood and is pursuing her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She has seven years of experience working with infants to preschool children. Jen joined us in July, 2017.
MS TIFFANY, OLDER INFANT LEAD TEACHER Tiffany Greenberg is a teacher in our Older Infant program. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College. Tiffany has several years of experience with children Infant to Pre-K and joined us at St .James’ in June, 2006.
MS KIM, TODDLER LEAD TEACHER Kim Belcher is a teacher in our Toddler program. She has completed the 90 hour preschool certification and is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 20 years of experience working with infants and toddlers and joined our team in at St. James’ in July, 1998.
MS DANA, TWOS HEAD TEACHER Dana Stafford is a teacher in our Twos program. She has over 20 years of experience teaching children age toddler through two years. Dana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies from University of Maryland. She joined our team in September, 1996.
MS RITA, THREES HEAD TEACHER Rita Harrell is a teacher in our Threes program. Rita has a B.A. 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 infant 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 10 years of experience teaching art to children Pre-K to middle school age. 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, HEAD TEACHER Sonia Schwartz is a teacher in our Pre-K classroom. She has over 27 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 in August, 2002.