Staff

Administrators

Diann Vaughan, Program Director

Diann earned her Bachelor of Arts from The College of William & Mary, and her Master Degree in Counseling form Argosy University. She and her family joined AUCP in 2005 and all three of her boys, Christopher, Erik, and Owen, attended. Diann was so impressed with the community and its approach to working with children that she accepted a job as Assistant Director in 2011 and as Program Director in 2020.

Kevan Miller, Director, Curriculum & Staff Development

After five years in the publishing field, Kevan began her teaching career in 1996 as a pre-kindergarten teacher at Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria, VA. She completed a Masters in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University in 2000 and spent the next nine years teaching first grade for Fairfax County Public Schools. Kevan joined the AUCP community as a parent in 2006 and has enjoyed teaching at AUCP since 2010.

Inspired by children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder about the world, Kevan strives to create an environment that encourages children to ask questions, express their thoughts and ideas, and grow as creative problem solvers and learners. She and her husband Steve live in Arlington with their two children, Phoebe and Noah, both AUCP alums.

Teachers

Anna Bowman, Panda Teacher

AUCP hired Anna in 2007 to teach Pandas, and she has been there ever since! Before joining AUCP, she taught 1st grade at Barrett Elementary School in Arlington for 12 years and two years of Pre-K in Buffalo, NY. Anna received a BS in Early Childhood Education (pre-k through 6) at Buffalo State College in NY and has taken many graduate classes in Reading and ESOL at GMU and other universities. Her son, JD, is an AUCP alum; Anna took the teaching job to get him into AUCP!

JJ Gardiner, Kangaroo Teacher

JJ holds a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Galludent University. She worked as an SLP in public schools with students from preschool through high school before taking time off when her sons were born. JJ’s boys are proud AUCP graduates. She has been an active member of AUCP since 2005 and has been teaching here since 2011. She also oversees AUCP’s garden and outdoor education program and continues to see preschool age speech-language clients in the afternoons.

Kathy Kane, Eagle and Owl Teacher

Kathy was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She’s married with 2 wonderful children. Kathy studied early childhood education at Ventura College in California. She has taught ages 2-6 year olds in preschools both here and in California, plus she taught bible school and was a summer camp director for a school ages 5-12 years. She runs summer camps in Arlington and now has a children’s party planning business.

Alison Marino, Dolphin and Music Teacher

Alison joined AUCP as a parent in 2000. She started teaching one day a week in the Panda class in 2003 when her oldest daughter started kindergarten, just to discover that baby #3 was on the way. She went back to the co-oping parent role until another Panda teaching position opened in 2005. In 2007, Alison started doing the music program in addition to teaching the Pandas. She studied ECC at Union College and Special Education at Kean University in New Jersey. She has been working with children  since 1988: first as a classroom assistant in college, later on as head teacher in various Pre-K programs, and as both an assistant director and director of child development centers. In 1997, I became a stay at home mom.

Julie McDonald, Penguin and Cheetah Teacher

Julie grew up in Gainesville, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Elementary Education. She spent 10 years teaching fifth grade, first grade, and Kindergarten for Fairfax County Public Schools before electing to stay at home with her children. Julie became a member of the AUCP community in 2015 when her son Connor joined the Penguin class. Her early years working at an outdoor education summer camp and new experiences co-oping at a play-based preschool, influenced her choice to teach at AUCP. She and her husband Paul live in Arlington with their three children, Connor, Anna, and Rose.

Elizabeth Rodas, Cheetah Teacher and Classroom Aide

Elizabeth has been teaching at AUCP since 2001, at all age levels. She moved here from El Salvador in 1988 and worked with children as a nanny until my arrival at AUCP. She went to school in El Salvador and completed her CDA. Elizabeth loves to introduce children to new words in Spanish. In addition to all of her children at AUCP, she has a grown son named Alexander, who just moved here from El Salvador.

Asmaa Rosenberg, Puffin Teacher

Asmaa Rosenberg joined AUCP as a teacher and parent in 2008. Asmaa holds a Diploma in Childhood Education from the Croissant Rouge, Rabat, Morocco and is fluent in Arabic, French, and English. With this background, Asmaa has taught preschoolers from Rabat, Morocco to Arlington, Virginia. Asmaa draws inspiration from her father, also an educator and principal: learn one thing every day; have fun with your friends, and believe in yourself.