Day School Administration

  • Alana Ripley

    Day School Director

    Alana Ripley had over seven years of early child care experience prior to accepting the position of Director at the school.  Aside from being a mother herself, she has had various child care roles over the years, including Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Nanny. She was born and raised in Virginia Beach and loves the area. She attended local Baptist Schools with the A Beka curriculum from Kindergarten until she graduated with her High School Diploma. She attended Virginia Wesleyan College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with a focus in argumentative analysis and logical methodology, and in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Conflict Management. She had a minor focus in Religious Studies. A personal walk with God has been a priority for her since her being saved at age 5. She is ecstatic for the opportunity to help influence young lives for Jesus.


  • Jennifer Russell

    Assistant Director

    I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, La. I went to a Christian school all my life, and accepted Christ as my Savior on October 15, 1980 in 1st grade. I attended FWBBC now known as Welch College from ’92 – ’96 with a major in Elementry Education. I have been caring for children since I was 13 from bus ministry to camps to after school programs. I have spent many hours helping, learning, and observing my mother in the classroom all my life. I have spent the last 17 years working for Verizon Telecommunications. I am so excited about this new chapter in my life and the adventures to come.

School Staff


Teachers: Christina Rosenbalm, Paula Wilcox, and Diana Rincon

Our emphasis in the nursery is placed on the child's physical needs, such as feeding and diapering, as well as interpersonal interaction. Our teachers foster cognitive and emotional development for babies by holding them, singing to them and rocking them throughout the day. These early interactions with the caregiver builds a sense of security so the baby feels confident about exploring the world through language (babbling), gross and fine motor skills, (holding a bottle independently and walking). We also include tummy time, reading time, and Spanish numbers and alphabet. Parents are a child's first teacher and our staff will work closely with you to make this transition - for both baby and parents - a smooth one. Combining all this while abiding to state-mandated-teacher-to-child ratios yield the kind of infant child-care environment where children learn best and flourish.


Teachers: Crystal Smith, Chelsae Parham, Emily McNeely, Debra Smith and Idazia Domnissey

The waddler program focuses on language development and listening skills that include colors, words, shapes, animals, transportation, community helpers, and manners. They also begin letter, color, and number recognition by simple counting 1 to 10, Bible hymns and Bible stories. We introduce potty training at this time. We encourage independence through socializing and eating. Fine and gross motor skills are developed through coloring, art, and play. They are also taught Spanish letters and colors.


Teachers: Saskia Bonilla and Tabatha Martin

This program they learn language development and listening skills that include colors, words, shapes, animals, transportation, community helpers, manners, and walking in a line. We emphasis letters, colors, number recognition and simple counting 1 to 25, Bible stories, hymns, and verses. They are taught Spanish alongside the A beka curriculum and holidays. They are encouraged to use their imagination in play and language. Their social and motor skills continue to increase with play and interaction. Along with parental guidance, we conquer potty training to move up to K3. We also do potty training boot camps.


Teachers: Veronika Domnissey and Kelly Richardson

The K4 readiness program teaches children to read through phonics instruction with one-and two-vowel words in small readers. Children learn number concepts 1 to 20 and counting from 1 to 50. The curriculum includes Bible, art, music, poetry, and language development activities. We have reading and math groups. We use the modern manuscript writing. They are introduced to blends and constant vowel constant words and start writing words.


Teacher: Amy Atchison

The Kindergarden program they will learn reading skills using an intensive phonics approach. With this intensive phonics approach, students are able to begin reading actual words very early. In Science, kindergartners learn about God's plan for seeds, animals, the seashore, health, weather, and season. In Social Studies, students learn about community helpers and simple safety rules, beginnings of American history, and children of 10 different countries including simple geography.Numbers time in kindergarten emphasizes the basics in counting, number recognition, and number concepts up to 100. Simple combinations are easily learned as well as money value, telling time, number words, and number sequence. The kindergarten handwriting bookis correlated with the basic phonics program to help students learn and review phonics as they practice correct letter formation. Our program also includes lessons and activities in Fine Art. Opportunities for acting out drama and nursery rhymes are featured during the activity time. Art experiences include cutting, pasting, coloring, tracing, drawing, and working with various textures. Character training is one of the supreme goals of Christian education

B&A and Computer

Teachers: Carmen Torres

This program allows students attending public school in our vicinity, grades 1 - 5, a safe & fun place to be, before and after school, during the week and on various holidays that the public schools are closed. Students work on homework and school projects and are given assistance when needed. They also have recreational activities each day. Nephi is our art teacher. She teaches different art techniques from Waddlers to Kindergarden. Carmen is teaching computers to our K4-B&A.

Front Desk and Kitchen Manager

Mary Berry

Mrs. Mary helps us open in the mornings, filling in during lunch & nap times, to assisting our teachers when the need arises.  


Teachers: Velisa Velez

She teaches spanish along side A Beka. She does potty boot camp with our K2's. She is a wonderful asset to our school.

Floating Teachers

Teachers: Jerri Heck, Domonique Challender, and Nicole Carlburg

These employees help out throughout the day where ever we need them. They cover vacation time and help teachers with whatever needs they have.