112 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850
Our New Day Preschool staff has outstanding qualifications. Each staff member brings a unique combination of experience and education to the New Day team. Our teachers have degrees in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or have the CDA certification. All staff members pursue additional educational opportunities, and all are CPR and First Aid certified. In addition to English, our teachers are fluent in many other languages, including: French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, Hindi, Oriya, Bengali, Kannada, and Punjabi. Each classroom has a teacher and a teacher assistant.
Laurie Sweeney - Director
My hometown is Baltimore, MD. I moved to Montgomery County in 1980. We have three children: our son, Ross (married) and two grown daughters, Grace and Savannah. I have been a member of Rockville United Methodist Church since 1988. God handed me this ministry with children just at the right time. I’ve been the director since 2001. I love gardening, traveling and lying on the beach …any beach.
Mrs. Bautista - Twos Teacher, Spanish Teacher
My hometown is Cartagena, Colombia. I have been in the United States since 1989 and have been teaching for more than twelve years. I am married and have two wonderful kids. I love spending fun time with them. My passion is teaching. I love to stay up-to-date on child development and to learn new things for my class.
Ms. Mina – Twos Teaching Assistant
My hometown is Cuttack, Odissa, India. My husband and I came to the US in 2003 and lived in North Carolina for five years before we moved to Rockville in 2008. We have two children; our daughter is in college and our son is in elementary school. My passions are singing yoga.
Mrs. Pari – Threes Teacher
I am originally from Iran but moved to the US in 1991. I have a BA in Education, an AA in elementary education, a certification in early childhood education, as well as a certification for teaching Farsi as a second language. My husband and I have two boys; one in high school and one in college. I love the spontaneity of preschool youngsters and being immersed in their amazing world. I feel privileged to have a job where I can work with students. I have 24 years of teaching experience, and have been teaching at New Day Preschool since 2002.
Ms. Debbie – Threes Teaching Assistant
I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. My husband, David and I moved to Rockville in 1999 with our two children, Genevieve and Alec. I love working with children and am an avid gardener. I've been teaching at New Day since 2005.
Fours / Pre-K Teachers
Mrs. Man – Pre-K Teacher
I was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam but moved to the US when I was 17. I worked part-time and supported myself through college. Even though life was tough then, I've always believed that God is my provider and He is good all the time. I am married and have a lovely daughter in college. Having come from a Chinese heritage, I am fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, both speaking and writing and have a great interest in cooking and eating Asian cuisines. Other than that, I am also involved in the music ministry at my home church, serving as a pianist. I have been blessed to work with the wonderful staff at New Day Preschool since 2007, and look forward to many more years to come!
Ms. Heather – Fours Teaching Assistant
I am originally from Amarillo, Texas. My husband, Dan and I moved to Maryland in 2012 with our two elementary school aged children. I have a master's in Library Science and teach first grade Faith Formation in my church. My passions are instilling a love of reading, fostering early literacy skills and encouraging learning through art and music. I love to run, garden, knit and read. One little-known fact: I used to live at the Grand Canyon.
Mrs. Martinez – Pre-K Teaching Assistant
I am a native of El Salvador. I've been in the US since 1989, and have taught for more than 20 years. I also taught in my home country. I have a wonderful husband and one daughter whom I adore. I have a passion for teaching, and I love children and my class. One little-known fact: I taught high school.
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