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 19 early childhood professionals have over 216 years of serving CCLC’s children.
  • One of our teachers holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Education, 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 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.


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.

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. Employed 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.

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

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

Jordan Atkins, teachers aide in our Infant/Toddler and Twos classes, and substitute. Associate of Arts Degree, Lord Fairfax Community College. Employed since 2017.

Renee Jenkins, teachers aide in our Infant/Toddler and Twos classes, SAEP teacher and Summer Camp Teacher. Employed since 2017.

Anne Archer, Twos and Prek evening teacher, teacher substitute in all age groups since 2017.

Missy Smedley, our much loved and needed housekeeper since Jan 2017!

Cindi Summerfield, teacher’s aide for all age groups and substitute since winter 2018.

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

Ryan Atkins, our newest teacher’s aide with our School Age Enrichment Program.

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.

Job Opportunities:

Children in Nature Coordinator- CIN-Job-Description-Children-in-Nature

Maintenance Person-20-25 hours monthly to help maintain the quality of the improvements and make small repairs. Please send your info to