Teachers & Staff
All classes at FPP are taught by experienced and dedicated teachers. They are the heart of the Preschool and create the warm and nurturing environment that allows our children to thrive and grow. Each class has a lead teacher as well as a teacher’s aide. Parents or other caregivers also assist in the classroom once or twice a week throughout the school year. To further their professional development, our teachers attend monthly staff meetings and participate in training programs throughout the year focused on early childhood education and development.
Nini Johnson has served as the Director of Fairfax Presbyterian Preschool since 2007. She is a member of Fairfax Presbyterian Church and the Virginia Cooperative Preschool Council. For almost 30 years, Mrs. Johnson has worked with young children. She began her career as a teaching assistant in Head Start and Montessori programs and later became a lead teacher in her own classes of two and three year olds. She now serves as FPP’s Director and can be seen each morning greeting children and parents as they arrive at school. Mrs. Johnson is always eager and available to speak with current or prospective families about the preschool or their child’s needs.
Linda Carter, Pre-K Teacher
Linda Carter has been teaching for over 15 years and has been at FPP since 2006. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English from Trenton State College and is certified to teach in New Jersey, West Virginia, and Virginia. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Carter has operated a home childcare for 15 years and is active in both Girl and Boy Scouts. She and her husband Jeff have been married for over 20 years and live in Fairfax City with their two children, Elizabeth and Thomas. Both of Mrs. Carter’s children are alumni of FPP.
Linda Nalls, 4 Day 4’s Teacher
Linda Nalls has taught preschool for over 20 years and has been at FPP since 2009. Mrs. Nalls has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and History and has taken coursework towards a Master’s degree in Children’s Literature. She previously worked as a special education teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools and also tutored foster children for Arlington County Social Services for 21 years. She continues to tutor special needs children, work she has done since she was a junior in college. Mrs. Nalls and her husband have two grown sons. She is extremely passionate about teaching and believes in the power of positive language and praise in guiding her students.
Meg Moody, 4 Day 4’s Teacher
Meg Moody took her first preschool teaching job after graduating from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001. Her career as an educator went in many different directions after that job! She worked as a curriculum developer, a graduate assistant teaching courses such as Statistics and Resume Writing, an academic coach for high school football teams, and a summer art camp director. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and many credits toward a Doctoral degree in the Social Foundations of Education. She and her husband have three fantastic children who will all be FPP graduates some day! When she is not teaching, Mrs. Moody loves cheering on the Nittany Lions and working in her art/craft studio.
Jen Quadri, 3 Day 4’s Teacher
Mrs. Quadri has taught elementary school for 14 years in Phoenix, Germany, and South Carolina. After staying home for a few years with her children, Mrs. Quadri joined the FPP team in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Design. Mrs. Quadri and her husband have two young children. Her son is a FPP alumni and her daughter currently attends FPP. Mrs. Quadri and her family love to travel and explore new places in their free time. She also enjoys hiking and running.
Roxanne Lao, 3 Day 3’s Teacher
Roxanne Lao has taught preschool for over 15 years and been at FPP since 2009. Mrs. Lao graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and earned her certification as an Early Childhood Associate through the CDA National Credentialing Program. She has been married for over 30 years and is a mother to three grown children and a grandmother of two. Mrs. Lao loves working with young children and utilizes her enthusiasm, patience, and nurturing demeanor to inspire children with a joy for learning. She focuses on developing kindness, respect, and patience toward others in each of her young students.
Morgan Crump, 3 Day 3’s and 2 Day 3’s Teacher
Morgan Crump joined the staff of FPP in 2016. Mrs. Crump has a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Her passion for working with young children led her to a career change, and she is currently pursuing her Early Childhood Development Certificate from Northern Virginia Community College. Mrs. Crump previously served on the FPP Operations Committee and worked as a Parent Helper in the classroom. She and her husband have two children, both of whom attended FPP.
Patricia Desantis, Music and Movement Teacher
Patricia DeSantis has a Bachelors degree in English from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Montessori teaching certificate from the Montessori Educational Institute of the Pacific Northwest. Ms. DeSantis has over fifteen years experience as both an early education teacher and as a Center Director and Program Director. Ms. DeSantis is passionate about helping each child to reach his/her full potential in a supportive classroom community. Her specialty is creating learning opportunities and hands on materials to meet each child’s individual learning style and pace. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her two dogs and two cats, and dancing to music!
Jenny Minor, Administrative Assistant