• Our Staff

    • Susan Ariale, Preschool Director
      Susan Ariale is a native Floridian who moved to Virginia in 1999.  She has a degree in elementary education with a concentration in early childhood education from Stetson University.  Susan delights in all the ways young children discover, wonder and learn about the world. An early childhood educator for 25 years, [...]
    • Lori Schmoyer, Office Manager
      Lori grew up a South Florida girl and made her way to Northern Virginia with her husband and two children in 2014. She has a background in communication, marketing, and public health and started her career working in federal government and academic settings.  Both of her children attended BPC Preschool [...]
    • Nancy Rosene, Treasurer
      Nancy, a research demographer, has served as the preschool Treasurer/Budget Analyst for 14 years. She is delighted to use her passion for data analysis (yes, really!) to support a church community and ministry that has meant so much to her family. Through the preschool, her family joined BPC, which is [...]

    Our Teachers

    • Kat Bridon, Starfish Assistant Teacher
      Kat is a wife of 14 years and a mother of two children. Her oldest child attended BPC Preschool in 2012 before moving out of the area. When they returned to northern Virginia in 2018, Kat rejoined BPC Preschool as a substitute teacher. She loves to see the children try [...]
    • Debra Cardaci, Owls Teacher
      Debra has been teaching at BPC Preschool since 2009. Her son Colin attended BPCP when he was three years old (he is now 14 years old!). Debra has two grandchildren, Kolten (age 5) and Callie (age 2). Debra enjoys reading, going to the gym and walking/hiking with friends, entertaining with [...]
    • Kristin Cashman, Curriculum Aide and Science Teacher
      Ever since Kristin was a young girl, she enjoyed working with children — from babysitting and camp counseling to being a full-time fourth grade teacher and mom, there was never a dull moment.  Kristin began teaching science at BPC Preschool in 2016 and had a blast.  Science has always been [...]
    • Debbie Davis, Butterflies Assistant Teacher
      Debbie grew up in Missouri, attended college in Florida, and has been married to an Air Force officer for 18 years.  They have lived in many incredible places and military life has been a wonderful experience for her family.  Both of her children attend Lake Braddock Secondary School and love [...]
    • Arlene Decina, Chapel Teacher
      As the Church’s Director of Spiritual Growth Ministries, Arlene joined BPC in 1995 along with her husband and two young children. After teaching high school science in Fairfax County Public Schools for 10 years, she made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom and became more and more involved in the life [...]
    • Cathy Fazio, Book Worms Teacher and Monkeys Assistant Teacher
      Cathy and her family have lived in Springfield for 18 years. She was born and raised in Fairfax. Cathy enjoys spending time outside. She loves to garden and get her hands in the dirt. Cathy especially loves the beach and getting her toes in the sand as much as possible. [...]
    • Meredith Gross, Hippos Assistant Teacher
      Meredith is originally from Missouri, where she met her husband of fourteen years and began teaching elementary school.  After living and teaching in the Philadelphia area for three years, her husband’s job took them to northern Virginia. In Virginia, Meredith attended Marymount University to earn a masters degree in education. [...]
    • Kaitlin Kroptavich, Happy Hedgehogs and Book Bugs Teacher
      Kaitlin began teaching at BPC Preschool in 2018 and is very happy to have stepped foot into an amazing community. She came to us with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from The University of Scranton, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Seton Hall University, and a [...]
    • Jessica Marsaw, Starfish Teacher
      Jessica came to us with a bachelor of science in elementary education from Brigham Young University and a wealth of teaching experience. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she has lived in the Washington, DC metro area with her family for almost five years and they love it! During her teaching career, [...]
    • Meg Ross, Butterflies, Monkeys, and Chapel Teacher
      Meg and her husband Bruce are both originally from California. Bruce is retired from the Navy, and so they lived in many different places during his career including six years in Japan.  They have two boys (ages 27 and 25) and two girls (ages 20 and 15).  Their family also includes [...]
    • Courtney Scherber, Happy Hedgehogs and Book Bugs Assistant Teacher
      Courtney is a wife and mom of three children.  She has a son and daughter in high school and a daughter in elementary school.  Courtney has been teaching at BPC Preschool since 2014.  She loves preschoolers’ energy, curiosity, and enjoyment of learning. When she’s not teaching preschool, Courtney coaches for [...]
    • Mo Sharpton, Owls Assistant Teacher
      Martha (Mo) Sharpton is happy to be working at BPC Preschool in the Owls class.  She has been a part of the preschool for the past seven years in various capacities — as a parent, member of the teacher appreciation committee, room mom, and as a substitute teacher. Her children [...]
    • Gwen Stewart, Hippos Teacher
      Gwen is a military spouse who has been has married to Russ for over 23 years. Russ and Gwen have two children, Thomas and Mary-Kate. As a military family, Team Stewart has lived in two countries and seven states and is now happy to call Virginia home. The whole family [...]
    • Tanya Willoughby, Music Teacher
      Tanya started teaching music at BPC Preschool in 2017. Her favorite thing about working with children is that it’s like a ministry. She loves to sing songs with the kids in a Christian environment and teach them about Jesus. She has just as much fun as they do! When she’s [...]