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Jordan, Melissa Mitchell

Karis, Katy

Misovec, Joanne

Moyer, Denise

Saltarelli, Tracy

Melissa Mitchell Jordan
Director and Teacher

I joined RPCNS in the spring of 1994, when my son, Tommy, joined Mrs. Kennedy's Twos class and my daughter, Katherine, was in the Sibling Nursery. Both my children graduated from RPCNS, and I have many fond memories of their time here. As a parent here I held several positions including Educational Services Coordinator, Class Rep., Sibling Nursery Coordinator and my husband was the assistant Treasurer the year Katherine was in the Fours. In the spring of 1996 the Board decided to expand, and Gail Boyle, the former director, asked if I would be willing to get my 90-Hour certificate in Early Childhood Education. I did, through MCCA, and started teaching here in Sept. 1996; Katherine was in the Threes. Three years later, when Gail Boyle resigned, the Board asked me to consider becoming director, I did accept. I have been director since September 1999. I have taught Twos, Threes, and Fours - this year I'm teaching the Fours again!

I attended Maryville College in Tennessee my freshman and sophomore years, then transferred to S.U.N.Y. at Albany, graduating in 1976 with a B.A. in European History. Threes years later I entered Colgate University's M.A.T. program in social studies, completing 90% of the program. I taught 7th grade social studies for Greenwich Connecticut Public Schools for five years before moving to Washington, DC and marrying my husband. Having children and enrolling them in RPCNS opened a whole new world to me. Working here has allowed me to combine my hobbies of music, photography, art and gardening with my professional training as a teacher. I love the children, tempera paint, glue and glitter. It's been a real privilege to work with and get to know so many wonderful parents.

Katy Karis
Music Teacher 

I joined the RPCNS community when my younger son, Justin was enrolled the Threes.  By way of my background:  Music has always been an important part of my life both at home and at school.  At The College of William and Mary I preformed with the Christopher Wren Singers, a co-ed student run a cappella group on campus, and before that I was active in the high school and church choirs growing up.  Additionally, I received the Monbusho Scholarship from the Japanese Government to study abroad for one year at Kanazawa University in Kanazawa, Japan.  I graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1995 with a degree in Government and Japanese studies.  While a parent member at RPCNS, I was the Language Enrichment volunteer teacher, teaching Japanese the two years my son Justin attended RPCNS (he graduated in June 2011).  In March of 2011 I completed my training as a Music Together instructor, and was subsequently hired by the RPCNS Board to teach Music.  

I am the mother of two sons, and have chosen to be very active with the Cub Scouts, through my younger son.  I have been the Cub Master of Pack 210 of North Potomac, responsible for planning and leading meetings and activities for over 50 elementary school aged boys and their families and also the den leader for the Wolf Den in which my younger son, Justin, is a member.   We also spend a lot of time playing, watching, living and breathing baseball!  My older son, William, now plays baseball for his high school.  Our baseball family is a lot like the RPCNS family - we spend a lot of time cheering on our kids! 
Prior to becoming the music teacher for RPCNS I held several different positions working with children, including teaching music for Fairfax United Methodist Preschool, coaching swimming and working with the Fairfax Government Childcare Center.  I really enjoyed using music to teach Japanese at RPCNS and am having even more fun with the children using music to learn stories, develop gross and fine motor skills, have fun and most importantly to spark a lifetime appreciation and love of music.

Joanne Misovec
2s Teacher

I am excited to be teaching one of the two-year-old classes at RPCNS again this year.  Although this is my fourth year formally teaching preschool at RPCNS, I have been a member of the RPCNS community for 12 years.  I was a parent at RPCNS for seven years with my own three children and have co-taught the after school Science Extended Day program for six years with former parent member and teacher Barbara Linteris.  During my time as a parent at RPCNS, I volunteered for various board positions such as Educational Services Coordinator, Summer Camp Coordinator, and Class Representative.  I was Camp Coordinator again for summer 2016.

I have an undergraduate degree in journalism, a master’s degree in health sciences, and four years ago I received my early childhood certification from Montgomery College.  Previously I worked as a health educator at a private school in McLean.  Before becoming a health teacher I worked in public relations for a non-profit health organization in DC.

My favorite color is blue and my favorite foods are Italian and Greek.  I like experiencing all four seasons, but my favorite season is autumn because I enjoy pumpkin and apple picking and watching the leaves change colors.  Some of my hobbies are baking, reading, and exercising.  I also love spending time with my family.  On most weekends I can be found at various ball fields in Montgomery County watching my children play baseball and soccer.

I am looking forward to getting to know the students and parents at RPCNS this year.  Nursery school is the beginning of a lifelong journey of learning where young children can explore the world around them, test their curiosity, engage in creative and imaginative play, and build their confidence in a nurturing and encouraging environment.  I’m so pleased to be a part of that experience at RPCNS again this school year!

Denise Moyer
3s Teacher

I am looking forward to working a fourth year at RPCNS, teaching Threes again this year.  I have worked with children in many capacities.  Not only have I worked as a preschool teacher, I have also worked as a nanny, camp counselor, and child care provider.  I have volunteered in a church nursery, taught Sunday School, assisted with Vacation Bible School, and helped out in my own children’s classrooms.

My children are growing up too fast.   (It seems like yesterday, they were in preschool!)  This year, my 21 year-old daughter, Maddie, is in her senior year at McDaniel College here in Maryland.  My 19 year-old son, James, is a freshman at the University of Kentucky.  I have been fortunate enough to stay at home and raise my children for the majority of their lives. 

I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a degree in Social Work.  After graduating, I moved to Washington, DC, and two years later, I married my husband, Joe.  We celebrated our 23rd anniversary this summer by going to Italy! We live in Brookeville, MD with our Cavapoo Sophie.

I enjoy walking, yoga, cooking, doing crafts, and when I get the chance, playing tennis.  I spend most of my free time watching my children play sports.  I forgot to mention that both my children play collegiate volleyball.  I enjoy that most of all!  My favorite colors are green and blue.  I think I like them most because they remind me of the outdoors.  I’m looking forward to spending another school year at RCPNS and working with the parents.  Thank you for the opportunity!


Tracy Saltarelli
Admissions Coordinator

I was born in rural Howard County, Maryland.  I attended the University of Maryland where I studied Psychology and Women’s Studies and received my Bachelor’s degree.  I married my husband, Jim, in 1997 and we have two beautiful boys, James and Jonah.
I worked for many years in non-profit human services, before making the choice to have children and stay at home with them.   I worked in a psychiatric rehabilitation program in Prince George’s county in a number of capacities: Residential Counselor, Employment Specialist, Development Director, and Asst. Program Director.   I then moved to a non-profit in Washington DC where I served as the Program Manager of a large day program and employment program for adults with Developmental Delays. 
I am an avid supporter of cooperative education.  My oldest son was in a cooperative play school when we lived in DC. When our family moved to Maryland, the first thing I did was find a coop, RPCNS, for my youngest son. I loved the sense of community and the relationships we formed with other families while he was in RPCNS. I am so happy I now work as Admission Coordinator to bring families to the school and help support the exceptional work of this school and its teachers.


My daughter graduated from RPCNS very well prepared for kindergarten. She entered kindergarten reading at a first grade level and ready for advanced math. All thanks to the fabulous teachers at RPCNS!
   ~ Parent


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