Child Development Center

Where Children Flourish

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Teddy Bear Classroom

Dorothea Tyree 703-993-3753

Lead Teacher - "Miss Dorothea" Tyree

Aa native of Romania, Ms. Dorothea began her career in early childhood development at the Fort Hood, TX, Child Development Center in 1998. It was there that she received an Associates Degree in Child Development, and a two year specialized training with infants and toddlers. Currently attending Mason for a BA in Psychology, she also is a member of the NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of the Young Child. "Miss Dorothea" has been working at the CDC since 2001 and was the Assistant Teacher for the Teddy Bears and Polar Bears Classrooms prior to being named Lead Teacher. Additionally, Miss Dorothea is the CDC's Garden Operations Manager overseeing the CDC's gardening learning program. Miss Dorothea enjoys working with young children and looks forward to meeting future Mason families and keeping in touch with the CDC graduates. In her spare time, Miss Dorothea is the mother of two children and enjoys learning other languages and cultures, loves sports, and reading.

Dorothea Tyree
Stacy Gum

Assistant Teacher - "Miss Stacy" Gum

Ms. Stacy has worked at the CDC in the Polar Bear Classroom for the past four years.  She is a 2012 graduate from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.


Bumblebees Classroom

Suzanne Hogan 703-993-3384

Lead Teacher
"Miss Suzanne" Hogan

Miss Suzanne is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. Prior to coming to Virginia she was a Teacher Assistant for Community Action of Southern Kentucky. She also holds a Kentucky Commonwealth Child Care Credential. Miss Suzanne was also the Assistant Teacher in the Monkey Classroom for two years.

Suzanne Hogan

Sarah Bostwick
Assistant Teacher
"Miss Sarah" Bostwick


Polar Bears Classroom

Dixie Mauck 703-993-3751

Dixie Mauck

Lead Teacher
"Miss Dixie" Mauck

Dixie Mauck has been with George Mason's Child Development Center for three years. She started in the Teddy Bear Classroom as an Assistant Teacher. She was also the Assistant Teacher in the Polar Bear Classroom before assuming the role of Interim Lead Teacher. Dixie worked for Stafford County Schools system in their Autism program for 8 years. She also worked for 2 years in a local day care center. As a Mom of four she clocked many hours of volunteering. Dixie has received her Child Development Associate and is continuing her education in Early Childhood Development. She is married, a mother of 4 and a Memaw to 6 grandchildren. Dixie enjoys music, reading, gardening and spending time with her husband and pets.

Assistant Teacher - "Miss Jessica Gaarde"

Ms. Jessica is a 2012 graduate of George Mason University with a B.A. in Psychology. She has been with the Child Development Center for one and a half years, beginning as a Teacher Assistant in the Polar Bear Classroom. Prior to joining the Child Development Center, she volunteered in Fairfax County Public Schools' Volunteer Learning Program. In her spare time, Ms. Jessica enjoys reading, singing and dancing, taking care of animals, and watching hockey.

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Penguins Classroom

Janina Admana 703-993-3626

Lead Teacher - "Miss Janina" Admana

Ms. Janina joined the George Mason University CDC as Lead Teacher for the Penguins in February 2011. Ms. Janina graduated from George Mason University in 2007 with a B.S. in Psychology, and a minor in Creative Writing. She has worked with preschoolers in a variety of settings, including a summer camp, and Head Start. She enjoys getting to meet children and families from different cultural backgrounds. In her spare time, Ms. Janina enjoys gardening, photography, and spending time with her family and friends.

Janina Admana

Rina Cabatic

Assistant Teacher - "Miss Katrina Cabatic"

"Ms. Rina" is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. in Biology. As a child, she would tell people "when I grow up I want to be a teacher" and to her amazement she is living that dream. The excitement of teaching, getting to know each child, and taking part in their educational and social development brings so much joy to Ms. Rina. She believes being able to have fun, playing and laughing with her students is just an added bonus, especially when each day brings forth something new and different.

Monkeys Classroom

Jennifer Kin 703-993-3752

Lead Teacher - "Miss Jennifer" Reagan. 

Ms. Jennifer is originally from New Jersey, graduating from Caldwell College in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  I have over 10 years of experience working with children between the ages of one and nine.  I have two years of experience as a preschool lead teacher. In my free time, I enjoy shopping, baking, reading, spending time with my fiancé, and going to the movies.

Jennifer kin

Welcome to Miss Lora Weldon

Miss Lora will start as the Assistant Teacher on February 10, 2014



Froggies Classroom

Erin Lawter 703-993-9736

Lead Teacher - "Miss Erin" Lawter

Ms. Erin received a Bachelor of Art Degree in Sociology from Mary Washington College in 2002 and her MA in Ed & HD from George Washington University in 2003. She currently holds a Professional Teaching License in Virginia with Severe Disabilities K-12 and Early Childhood Special Education endorsements.


Sandra Coleman

Assistant Teacher - "Miss Sandra" Coleman

Ms. Sandra has been a Teacher Assistant at the CDC since September 2009.  She also was employed for many years by Fairfax County Public Schools, and she is the mother of two.