Our Team

We help build a foundation the students will take with them for the rest of their lives.

Preschool Home

Carrie Field


Carrie has dedicated her life to children and education. A certified play specialist and licensed social worker in both Virginia and DC, Carrie helps guide the curriculum so students gain a love of learning, a strong sense of self and community, and how to be kind and loving people.

Before becoming the Director of FLP in 2014, Carrie worked in many schools and managed the social work programs at Early Childhood Charter Schools. What makes FLP stand out is its team approach to education. Families trust our teachers with their most precious things, their children. 

Carrie teaches online MSW courses at Catholic University, where she completed her own Masters in Social Work. She has her BSW from Nebraska Wesleyan.

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!  


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

Lisa is a former Arlington County elementary school teacher who decided she preferred teaching “little ones.”  She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education from Marymount University with a concentration in Special Ed.  Her son, “Mr. Steven,” also teaches at FLP. 

Cynthia Strawser

Fish Teacher

This is Cynthia’s second year at FLP. She is a mom of three, her youngest in high school. Prior to FLP, she worked at The Falls Church Day School where she worked as a lead teacher for 13 years. She is happy to be part of the FLP staff.

Martha Perry

Frog Teacher

Martha has worked at FLP for many years and is returning after a brief hiatus.  She is thrilled to be back in the Frog class this year.  

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.

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 excited to return to FLP for her second year in the Lizard class this year.

Lauren Coyle

Caterpillar Teacher

Lauren returns this year as a Caterpillar teacher.  She is an FLP alumni parent and loves working with the three-year-old group.  

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!

Steven McKenzie

Minnow and Tadpole Teacher

Steven first joined FLP in 2010 as part of the Summer Camp staff.  Prior to teaching at FLP, he worked for five years 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 working with the two-year-olds for his second year.    

Ally Wylde-Gladbach

Minnow and Tadpole Teacher

Ally is excited to be returning to FLP after 17 years, as a graduate of the Caterpillar class and the Fish class! She is a senior, currently studying studio art at the University of Mary Washington.  She has a strong interest in early childhood education and has been working in childcare for 8 years, with experience in babysitting, camp counseling and helping out with the “escuelita” for the family food bank at Our Lady Queen of Peace church. 

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.

Our Trainers

Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

9 am Contemporary Worship

11 am Blended Traditional Worship with Livestream

We invite you to join us this Sunday.