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Our Mission

Fort Hunt Preschool is a community of families who believe that children learn best in a safe, nurturing environment, supported by a cooperative partnership of parents and teachers. Through personal experience, discovery, and play, we cultivate children's natural curiosity and foster respect for self, others, and the natural world. 


We have classes for two, three and four year old children in a natural, historic setting on Mason Hill, just 3 miles South of Old Town Alexandria.


In 1962, parents worked with Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) to establish a cooperative preschool and the first school year began with an enrollment of 28 students. In 1983, the preschool moved into the historic Carriage House on the beautiful grounds of MVUC where it still operates today. In 2002, in agreement with MVUC, the preschool began the process of becoming a fully and independently licensed preschool, no longer under the domain of the church. The name was changed to Fort Hunt Preschool and, in October 2003, the school was granted its full license by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Our Teachers & Staff


Hedgehogs 4s Teacher and Director

Nancy began teaching at FHP 19 years ago, after son, Nate, graduated from our program. The Renner family has a long history with FHP: Curtis, Nancy’s husband, was a member of one of FHP’s first classes! While Nate was at FHP, both Curtis and Nancy were active in the classroom and Nancy served on the Board as Treasurer. Her role at FHP expanded to include Director 11 1/2 years ago. Nancy has a degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in American Studies with an Art History concentration. She loves nature and the outdoors, and also has studied landscape design. Nancy is active in the early childhood education community, serving as President of the Virginia Cooperative Preschool Council, and on the Board of the Potomac Association of Cooperative Teachers. The Renner family also includes Alex the English Mastiff, and English Lab Tula.


Turtles 2s and Hedghogs 4s Teacher

This is Karen’s 18th year as a teacher at FHP. Karen has over 6 years of experience in parent helping for her children Sarah and Anastasia, and served on the FHP Board of Directors in the positions of Admissions and Education Policy as an FHP parent. Karen has a graduate degree in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University and a Masters of Business Administration. Karen worked for 15 years in the House of Representatives before realizing her true calling by becoming a two’s teacher at FHP in 2001 while her daughter Ana was in the four’s class. Karen has been married for 26 years to Eric Sapirstein.


Dinosaurs 3s Teacher

Rose graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a Post Baccalaureate in Elementary Education and taught second grade in Philadelphia before having her own children. She also has worked as a substitute teacher in the Fairfax County elementary schools. Rose has been married to her husband, John, for 32 years. They have five children, all FHP alumni. In fact, Rose may hold the FHP record for consecutive years of parent helping, with a total of 11 consecutive years! During her years as an FHP parent, she served as a Class Parent and Education Policy Chair. Rose begins her 17th year of teaching the Dinosaurs this fall.


Bears 3s Teacher

Susan is entering her ninth year as teacher at FHP. Like many others, she began here as an enthusiastic parent helper, then transitioned to assistant in the 4s class before taking on a class of her own. Susan graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and worked as an international journalist and writer before turning her focus to childhood education. She believes firmly in learning through play and peer interaction as a means to help foster children's talents and skills to help prepare them for formal schooling. Susan lives with her astrophysicist husband and two children in the Mt. Vernon area.


Frogs 2s Teacher

Monica worked at FHP for two years right after her son, Miguel (13), graduated from our preschool in 2011. She has come back to where she started after having worked at other local schools. Monica has a graduate degree in Environmental Health and more recently obtained a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from NOVA. This allows her to combine her two passions, nature and teaching. She loves the outdoors and being on FHP grounds again makes her smile. Monica has resided in the Mount Vernon area with her husband and son for more than 20 years.


Movement Teacher

Kaitlin (Kait) is very excited to be teaching at FHP again this year. This will be her 2nd year as movement teacher. Kait has a degree from Catholic University Law School and a Masters in Psychology from the George Washington University. She also spent many years working in the running industry, focusing on movement and fitness. You can regularly find her running the Mount Vernon Trail (often pushing the stroller) and running in many local races. Kait has one child Teddy (4) who is the 4s class at Fort Hunt, and a husband Zach. Kait believe in a holistic approach to movement and will incorporate that into her classes. Kait is grateful for the opportunity to work with the children at Fort Hunt Preschool and excited to share her love and knowledge of fitness with FHP.


Hedgehogs 4s Teaching Assistant

Robert was born in Detroit, Michigan, lived nearly his entire life in Northern Virginia, and attended Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. For the last 9 years, he has been a stay-at-home father to his son Oliver (9) and daughter Carmella (7), who are both Fort Hunt Preschool alumni. During his family’s time at FHP, he held the jobs of art assistant, served on the board as fundraising co-chair and finally Touch-A-Truck event coordinator. For the last 5 years, he has also been involved with Alexandria Little League as a coach, league commissioner and now umpire. Robert’s wife Jasmine D’Addario-Fobian works at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home father, Robert was a hotel sales and marketing executive at a variety of properties throughout the Washington, DC area. In his spare time, Robert enjoys following DC’s sports teams, travel and vintage automobiles.


Hedgehogs 4s Assistant Teacher

Stephanie holds an M.A. in Teaching for foreign language pk-12, an MBA, and a B.A. in French. She has more than 11 years of experience teaching high school foreign language and college and career prep as well as English as a Second Language for students ages 3-adult. Stephanie currently has a second job with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia teaching ESL and Family Literacy to immigrants. While teaching high school, she founded the local chapter of Global Kids, led service learning trips through LearnServe International, and volunteered to teach English in Peru, Haiti, and Zambia during summer months. She sits on the Board and previously served as the Director of Outreach of Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria, a local fair trade non-profit retail organization. Stephanie is married with one child (Mina in the 3's class) and enjoys volunteering, fitness activities, and singing in her cover band, Neon Sloth. She served as the Silent Auction Chair at FHP last year and is currently the Vice President of the board.

​Licensed and Accredited

Fort Hunt Preschool is licensed by the State of Virginia and is a member of the Northern Virginia Council of Cooperative Preschools and Parent Cooperative Preschools International


Fort Hunt Preschool

1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307



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