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Our Teachers & Staff


Jen-Marie Cavaliere


Lead Teacher: 4s/Pre-K Sea Turtles

Jen has over 15 years of experience in the ECE field as a teacher, administrator, and programming/curriculum specialist. She has degrees in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Human Development & Family Sciences (HDFS) and is passionate about creating meaningful learning spaces for students and teaching about Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging (DEIB). 


Jen grew up in San Diego, California but always loved the idea of four changing seasons and has happily lived in Alexandria since 2012. She and her wife have a 9-year-old son and the three of them enjoy building LEGO, decorating for different holidays, and playing musical instruments together. 


Sarah Hughes

Lead Teacher: 3s Honeybees

Sarah spent her undergraduate years at Syracuse University earning a B.A. in Psychology, offering a foundation to her understanding of childhood development - physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and linguistically. However, it has been the seven years of parenting, co-op parent helping, and substitute teaching at FHP which has made it perfectly clear of the value in co-operative growing and learning.

She shares two children with her husband, and is a native to the DC/NOVA area. When she's not teaching she coaches her daughter's soccer team.


Amanda McNamara

Lead Teacher: 2s Ducklings

Amanda began her career as a Certified Occupational Therapist. She has always loved working with very young children and feels right at home at Fort Hunt Preschool! Amanda loves bringing good books and plenty of process art and sensory activities into the 2's classroom.


When she isn't teaching, Amanda enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family, cooking, and reading at home with her cat.


Becky Brandt

Teaching Assistant: 2s Ducklings

Becky is recently retired from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) where she was a teacher & administrator spanning 30 years. She has Bachelor's & Master's degrees in education from the University of Nebraska and a supervisory certificate from George Mason University.


Becky grew up in the Midwest but has lived in Virginia since 1986. She has a son who is married and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and loves to visit him when she can.


Mona Younas

Teaching Assistant: 3s Honeybees

Mona is a student in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and loves working with her fellow teachers to provide meaningful experiences for the students at FHP.

When she isn't teaching, Mona enjoys roller skating, painting, crocheting, and taking care of her plants. 


​Licensed and Accredited

Fort Hunt Preschool is licensed by the State of Virginia Board of Education and is a member of:


Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI)

Virginia Cooperative Preschool Council (VCPC)

Potomac Association of Cooperative Teachers (PACT)

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