Meet Our Preschool Staff

Carrie Field


Carrie Field has an undergrad and master's in social work, familiarity with the Reggio-Emilia program from leading play-based and child-directed therapy, has managed local social work programs including Early Childhood Charter Schools, and is a mom to an active 7-year-old daughter. 

Penny Ott

Atelierista                        (Art Teacher)

The mother of two FLP grads, Penny combines her professional expertise in design and commercial art, and her love of photography and multimedia to bring the arts to life at FLP.  Our artiste in residence, she designed the FLP logo and continues to create our supporting artwork.

Lisa McKenzie

Fish Teacher

The mother of one adult son, Lisa, a former Arlington County elementary school teacher, decided she enjoyed the “little ones” and came to us.  Lisa holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Learning Disabilities and a master's degree in Education from Marymount University with a concentration in Special Ed.

Cynthia Strawser

Fish Teacher

Cynthia is new to  FLP this year. She is a mom of three, her youngest in high school. She comes to us from The Falls Church Day School, where she has worked as a lead teacher for 13 years. She is happy and excited to be part of the FLP staff.

Sue Campbell

Frog Teacher

Sue Campbell taught Environmental Science in Fairfax before running a home daycare and continues her interest in gardening and the outdoors.  Originally from the Tidewater area, she has made her home in Arlington for the past twenty-five years with her DC native husband Steve.

Molly OHare

Frog Teacher

Molly O'Hare is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a degree in National Security, Political Science, and History. This is her first year at Faith Lutheran Preschool, and she is very excited about the opportunity to work with our students in the Frog class.  

Yvonne McIntire

Floater Teacher

Yvonne is the mother of a college student.  She is a former substitute teacher with Arlington Public Schools (APS) and currently is a member of the APS English Language Arts Advisory Committee.  She has volunteered as a tutor for many years and recently worked in an after-school program for preschool students.  Yvonne is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Iowa. 


Juan Ulloa


"Mr. Juan" has been the custodian at Faith Lutheran Preschool for many years.  He maintains our space so we can play and learn in a healthy environment.

Ellen Blair

S.T.E.M. Teacher, Assistant Director

Ellen, the mother of two FLP grads, has taught at FLP since 2012.  A former elementary school teacher, she earned her MEd in Special Education and continues to tutor dyslexic students.  She loves exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with the students at FLP!  


Trish Montgomery

Lizard Teacher 

Trish, a mother of two FLP grads and a health administration major from Penn State, has held every possible job here at Faith: mom, Parent Representative, FLP Board member, Before-School Care helper, substitute teacher, 2s teacher, 3s teacher, and 4s teacher.  

Kristyna Fannon

Lizard Teacher 

Kristyna is originally from the Czech Republic and has been working with kids ever since she was 16 - as a preschool volunteer, camp counselor, au-pair, tutor, and now a preschool teacher. She is super excited to do arts and crafts, read and play with the Lizard class this year.

Anna Peterson

Caterpillar Teacher

The mother of four FLP grads, Anna graduated from George Mason University. She enjoys her career in early childhood education as she juggles family and work demands!

Jen Magruder

Caterpillar Teacher

Jen holds a Masters in Psychology and worked as a case manager for the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs for ten years and also as a Personnel Psychologist with the Navy for three years.  She has experience working in her two children’s classrooms throughout the last 8 years and enjoys being a positive part of children's growth.  She is thrilled to be teaching in the Caterpillar class!


Steven McKenzie

Minnow and Tadpole Teacher

Steven first joined FLP in 2010 as part of the Summer Camp staff.  For the past five years, he has worked at Tender Roots, a Reggio preschool for ages 10 months to 3 years.  There he led art projects, science experiments, and free play activities.  He is happy to be part of the FLP staff.  


Grace Gibson

Minnow and Tadpole Teacher

Grace was recently married and is new to Virginia and FLP. She has completed two years of education and is currently working towards her certification in Early Childhood Education. She has also been a co-teacher, camp leader, nursery worker, and youth counselor.  Grace enjoys teaching children and watching them explore the joy of learning. She is thrilled to be part of our staff!


Our Trainers

Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

10:00 AM Streaming Worship

We invite you to join us this Sunday.