Our staff is committed to continuing education so they may better serve CCLC’s children and families. Education along with many, many years of experience provides our program with the very highest quality teachers working in early childhood today!


  • CCLC’s staff of 24 early childhood professionals have over 216 years of serving CCLC’s children.
  • Two teachers hold BS degree, three of our teachers hold a Child Development Associate credential and five with an Associate Degree.
  • Since 1989, CCLC’s annual employee turnover rate has remained below 8%, compared to the national industry norm of 44% reported by NAEYC.


In addition to taking college courses in Early Childhood Development, all of our staff are CPR trained and certified. CCLC’s Board of Directors is committed to funding courses for staff to ensure continued professionalism.


Amy Ruble, Preschool Lead Teacher, Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Montgomery County Community College. Employed at CCLC since 2004.

Brandon Wood, teacher’s aide since 2015.

Brenda Bennett, Maggie Riley-Bragg and Crystal Henshaw, Preschool substitutes since Feb 2019.

Cassie Meredith, Infant Toddler Teacher. Employed since 2016

Celeste Waggener, teacher’s aide, substitute, Associate of Arts Degree, Lord Fairfax Community College. Employed since 2008. CCLC (Sursum Corda) Alumna.

Christal Lind, Preschool Teacher. Employed the second time since May 2015.

Cindi Summerfield, Twos teacher. BS Nursing. Employed since 2018.

Connie Smoot, Preschool Teacher, Child Development Associate Credential, Certified Emergency Medical Technician. Employed since 1993.

Elvira Yanez, Preschool Teacher and School Age Enrichment Program Teacher, Associate Degree in Education, Lord Fairfax Community College. Employed at CCLC since 2013. CCLC Alumna.

Jordan Atkins, Infant Toddler Teacher. Associate of Arts Degree in Education, Lord Fairfax Community College. ODU Masters of Education candidate. Employed since 2017.

Katie Larock, Two’s teacher’s aide, ASS candidate. Employed since Nov 2018.

Kim Goodwin, After School Enrichment Program and Summer Camp Coordinator, Food Service and Office Manager, Child Development Associate Credential, NAEYC & Early Childhood Education Credential, Lord Fairfax Community College. Virginia Department of Health – ServSafe Food Manager Certificate, National Restaurant Association. Employed at CCLC since 1988.

Lisa Paine-Wells, Executive Director- Lisa brings extensive understanding of children’s and family services to the Child Care and Learning Center. She has been a successful project management consultant for over 15 years.  Prior positions include Administrator and Senior Project Director of Kids Insight, a behavioral health software startup marketing to public child welfare and juvenile justice nationally, based in Lexington, Massachusetts, and Senior Consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), based in Baltimore, Maryland.  Ms. Paine-Wells managed the Family to Family and Parent Partner Initiatives for AECF, working directly with public child welfare administrators and staff in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia to implement reforms designed to improve child welfare outcomes.  Among other successes, this work was instrumental in reducing foster care placement rates in two states through implementation of a team meeting model used at critical decision points.  A frequent conference panelist, Ms. Paine-Wells has also worked with the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, D.C., Duke Endowment, and Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation on child welfare reform efforts.   Ms. Paine-Wells has coauthored  a number of research papers on child welfare topics, published by the Annie E Casey foundation and Child Welfare.  She holds an MPA in Human Services Management from the University of Baltimore and a BA in Social Work and Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  She is a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwest Virginia and a former Warren County, Virginia foster parent.

Lisa Pendleton, Program Director- Lisa began her early childhood career in the early 90’s when her children were attending the CCLC program. After many hours of volunteer time, Lisa made the switch from nursing to teaching at CCLC in 1992 and program director since 2014. She holds several Lord Fairfax Community College certificates in early childhood education, A.A.S. in Education, as well as B.S in Professional Communication from Old Dominion University. Lisa is a Child Health Care Consultant through the Va. Dept. of Health, Medication Administration Trainer, and a Nationally Certified Playground Inspector. She volunteers as a Red Cross Instructor and Medical Reserves in this area.

Mackensie Clark, teacher’s aide Summer Camp and afternoon teacher with Twos and Preks since spring 2018.

Maggie Riley-Bragg housekeeper since Jan 2019.

Marsha Thompson, Office Administrator and Teacher Mentor, Early Childhood Certificate, Lord Fairfax Community College. Employed at CCLC from the beginning in 1977 until the 90’s and again since 2012.

Michael Fogel, BS English. Teacher substitute since 2015.

Michelle Almond, food chef and After School Enrichment Program Teacher, Childcare Provider Certificate, Lord Fairfax Community College student. Employed since 2013.

Renee Jenkins, Two’s teacher, SAEP teacher and Summer Camp Teacher. Employed since 2017.

Sue Garvin, BS Science. Children-in-Nature Coordinator and Summer Camp Teacher since Oct 2018.

Tabatha Compton, Infant Toddler teacher’s aide. LFCC student. Employed Oct 2018.

Virginia Valentine, Preschool teacher. BS Geology. Employed since Oct 2018.

It takes a village to raise children and it takes great loyalty in our community to provide such high quality of care. We are so thankful to our staff for everything they do to make us look as good as we are.  The staff is grateful for the support from our generous donors. Without their donations we would not be able to do what we do.

The Child Care & Learning Center is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that has been serving families in Rappahannock County since 1976.

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