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 14 early childhood professionals have over 216 years of serving CCLC’s children.
  • One of our teachers holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Education, four of our teachers hold a Child Development Associate credential and three with an Associate Degree.
  • Since 1989, CCLC’s annual employee turnover rate has remained below 8%, compared to the national industry norm of 31% 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.


Fred Catlin, Executive Director- Fred has a B.A. from University of Virginia, an M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Darden Business School’s executive program in managing critical resources. After moving to Massachusetts, he ran the Thacher School in Milton Massachusetts or eight years where he helped reestablish a sense of community. Fred relocated back to our lovely town of Washington in order to establish two new Montessori schools in Charlottesville and Culpeper. In addition to his head of school experience, he has extensive fundraising expertise having worked as the Director of the University of Virginia Fund for nine years. He has two adult children and lives with his wonderful wife Alice of 14 years and two loyal doggies that happily visit our center often.

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 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.

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.

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

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

Nancy Atkins, Twos Morning Teacher, Child Development Associate Credential. Employed at CCLC since 1986.

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

Connie Smoot, Toddler Teacher, Child Development Associate Credential, Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Virginia Department of Health – ServSafe Food Manager Certificate. CCLC since 1993.

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

Cassie Meredith, Infant Toddler Teacher and substitute. Employed since 2016

Christina Loock, Children-in-Nature Coordinator and Summer Camp Teacher, Masters in Environmental Science, Duke University. Summer camp teacher since 2010 and our full-time Children-in-Nature coordinator since Feb 2015.

Cherl Crews, After School Enrichment Program Teacher, Associate of Arts Degree, Northern Virginia Community College, Employed since 2016

Celeste Waggener, After School Enrichment Program Teacher, Associate of Arts Degree, Lord Fairfax Community College. Employed since 2008.

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