St. Stephen's Episcopal Preschool
Where God's love and learning go hand in hand
St. Stephen's Episcopal Preschool 8693 Old Dumfries Road Catlett, VA 20119 (540) 788-3364

Meet Our Staff

We are devoted to having quality staff in every classroom. Our teachers are Red Cross certified in CPR and First Aid. There is at least one MAT certified staff member on site during school hours. The quality of the teachers is fundamental to the success of any school. Our experienced, devoted, and loving teachers is a main reason St. Stephen's has been so successful within the community for so long.

Shelby Low - Director

Shelby joined the staff of St. Stephen's Preschool in January, 2015. Shelby comes to the preschool by way of Memphis, Tennessee. She had eight years in the public education system. Shelby has been a classroom teacher, an athletic coach, an MCS board supervisor, and a curriculum writer. She holds a Bachelor's degree in education from Louisiana College in Pineville, LA. Shelby also has a Master's degree in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. The last five years have been spent as a stay at home mom to her two gifts from God. Shelby looks forward to using her gifts as a servant leader to encourage the growth of the students not only mentally, but also spiritually.

Michele McDowall: Lead Teacher, PK Busy Bees

Michele joined the preschool staff in the fall of 2013, and she is our lead teacher of the PK Bees class. Michele is an active member of St Stephen's Episcopal Church and a former youth leader having taught Sunday school and participated in teen youth mission trips. Michele has worked extensively with children through volunteer work within the FCPS and Girl Scouts. Michele holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science - Secretarial Sciences and is presently working towards her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development with NVCC.

Jessica Scully: Assistant Teacher, Busy Bees

Amber Hodges: Lead Teacher, PK Fantastic Fish

Amber is in her second year with St. Stephen's Preschool. Before entering the classroom, she was a stay at home mom to her two children, a preschooler and a 2nd grader. She currently has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and hopes to finish her Bachelor's Degree within the next few years. She enjoys crafting and organizing, but her true passion is teaching children.

Joy Whisenant: Assistant Teacher, Fantastic Fish

This is Joy's second year as an assistant teacher with St. Stephen's. Joy is working towards her Bachelor's Degree at Liberty University.

Janice Barr: Lead Teacher, Friendly Frogs

Janice is in her ninth year with St Stephen's Preschool. She leads the three year old class. She loves to watch the children grow and learn throughout the year. Her years of experience with children are evident in her calm and nurturing demeanor. Janice is the mother of three children. She moved to Fauquier County when she was 10 years old and is now in her 40s. Janice is not only an asset to the preschool but to the community, as well.

Candace Young: Assistant Teacher, Friendly Frogs

This is Candace's second year with St. Stephen's Preschool

Joanne Williams: Lead Teacher, Outstanding Owls

Jo joined our preschool staff in January, 2016 as an assistant to the Owls.  She is in her second year as lead with our youngest students. She also leads our extended day program. She has three daughters of her own.

Candy Burton: Assistant Teacher, Outstanding Owls

Candy is in her second year at St. Stephen's.