4 Day Teacher
Mrs. Punater has been a teacher at LANK for 3 years. She has a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education from the University of Mumbai, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Maryland. She currently teaches the 4 Day program at LANK and has also taught kindergarten and first grade before becoming a part of the LANK community..
Mrs. Punater is passionate about working with younger children in their formative years to inculcate within them a love of learning, independence, compassion and development of social skills as they get ready for kindergarten and beyond. She looks to connect with each student individually to understand their uniqueness, and she strives to help them grow in their natural area of interest such as dramatization, art, general knowledge, working with numbers, etc. It would not be a surprise to hear kids laughing along with her, playing games and enjoying their learning experience.
When not in school, Mrs. Punater enjoys travel, shopping and binge watching shows on Netflix. She is fluent in 4 languages, is a certified yoga instructor, loves outdoor sports and has taken up running passionately over the last year, recently completing a half marathon.
3 Day Teacher
Ms. Millar is a first year teacher at LANK, but she has been part of the LANK community for a long time. Ms. Millar and both of her sisters attended LANK as children, and her mother worked at LANK until 2018. She has previously subbed and taught camps at LANK, but is excited to be here as a three-day teacher this year. She attended Virginia Tech, where she graduated in 2020 with degrees in International Relations and French. Ms. Millar has experience with early childhood education, teaching music and English as a Second Language (ESL), both in the US and abroad. When not at LANK, Ms. Millar enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.
This is Mrs. Page's first year at LANK and she enjoys it immensely! She has a heart for early childhood education especially for children with special needs. Before working at LANK, she worked for FCPS as a substitute in their special education preschool program. When not at school, Mrs. Page loves spending time with her family, reading, and going for long walks.
5 Day/Explore and More Teacher
Mrs. Roesch has been a teacher at LANK for 11 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Florida State University. Mrs. Roesch has taught Elementary school for 10+ years but loves teaching at LANK the most. She feels that pre-school is the age when children are curious about the world around them. They are engaged learners, who ask questions, solve problems, and feel pride. At this age a child’s imagination is magic! She loves being a part of a child’s “Ah Ha” moment in the learning process. She also loves to dance, sing and play lots of fun games with her class.
In her spare time, Mrs. Roesch loves to cook for her family, spend time with her husband, three grown children and their cute Boston Terrier Bella. She also enjoys shopping and watching a good Hallmark Movie.
Junior Preschool Teacher
Carolyn Frames has been teaching at LANK since 2000, as a Junior Preschool teacher. She is a mother to three grown children and understands that early education provides a foundation for a lifetime of learning. Her greatest joy is to see a child’s smile as they encounter new experiences and discover a love of learning. As their first teacher, Carolyn strives to create a loving environment where children can learn, experience new challenges, and develop their emotional and social skills. She thinks it is important that a child feels safe and cared for, and she feels incredibly lucky to share this important time in their lives.
Outside of work, Carolyn loves spending time with her three sons and husband. She enjoys watching movies, visiting the local farmer’s market, and hiking the many trails of this area.
5 Day Teacher
Mrs. Smith has been a teacher at LANK for 11 years. She is happy to say that she has been a member of the LANK community since 2006 as both of her children are LANK graduates. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development/Elementary Education from Lynchburg College and went on to do her post graduate work in Education at the University of Maryland.
She loves working with children in the pre-kindergarden program because it is a year of such tremendous growth, emerging independence and interactive play. Her goal as a teacher is to help her students build their confidence, continue their love of learning and have lots of fun as they get ready to jump into Kindergarden.
When not at school, Mrs. Smith enjoys spending time with friends, family & and her dog, Teddy. She also loves to read, do volunteer work and sing broadway show tunes while washing the dishes.
Junior Preschool Bridge Teacher
Mrs. Art has been a teacher at LANK since 2010 in the Junior Preschool Bridge program. Mrs. Art is passionate about instilling a love of learning in her students and is honored to be their first teacher. Children at this age are full of wonder and excitement and she enjoys creating the ideal environment for children to learn and thrive. The biggest gift she can give her students is to help foster a lifelong love of learning. Outside of school, Mrs. Art enjoys running on Reston’s many trails, reading a good book and spending time with her family.
3 Day Teacher
Mrs. Brownson joined the LANK staff this past September. Mrs. Brownson graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education in 2013. She is passionate about play-based education, fostering positive relationships between home and school, and has participated in several trainings on mindfulness in education, open play best practices, and Responsive Classroom methods. Before working at LANK, she was a Director of Children's Ministry for three years and taught various grades in public school systems for five years. When not at school, Mrs. Brownson enjoys cooking with her husband and son, taking family walks outside, and reading lots of great books!
4 Day Teacher
Wendy Banga teaches the Four Day Program at LANK. She has two children who both attended LANK. They had such a great experience, she decided to teach at LANK! She has been teaching at this school for 11 years. Mrs. Banga has a passion to make a difference in the lives of young children. At LANK, we know that play is a child’s most important work. Se works to create and maintain an environment where all children can have fun and also grow and thrive. Seeing the kids laugh, learn and play while exploring the world around them is what is most important to Mrs. Banga. When not teaching, she loves to cook, shop and try new restaurants. She also has two cats named Meika and Maui.
3 Day Teacher
Mrs. Seiter has been a teacher at LANK for two years. She loves working with children and watching them grow and develop! Mrs. Seiter has had training in Conscious Discipline, as well as Play-Based Learning. Before working at LANK, Mrs. Seiter was working at Piper Preschool in Waco, Texas, a Baylor University research preschool. She also taught at For The Nations, a refugee outreach located in Dallas, Texas. When she is not working, Mrs. Seiter is at the George Washington University, taking classes to get her masters in History (and is set to graduate in May!). She also loves to bake, watercolor, and read.
Junior Preschool Teacher
This is Mrs. Barbaro's first year in the JP class, but prior to this she taught LANK’s movement and “Mommy and Me” classes for several years. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist, and when not at school, continues to maintain several music therapy clients, and also teaches music classes for kiddos and their caregivers. (You can sometimes find her teaching at Herndon Library.) In her free time, Mrs. Barbaro enjoys spending time with her family, photography, gardening, and crafting.
5 Day Teacher
Mrs. Frinks lives in Reston with her husband. She has two daughters. When her youngest daughter entered elementary school, she decided to turn her love of children into a second career and feel fortunate to have found a place in the LANK family. She went from taking care of adults in the human resources field to taking care of children, which she find more rewarding – and much more fun! She has taught at LANK for over 5 years including teaching in every program. She loves offering children the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and their natural environment and she likes to incorporate aspects of the Reggio Amelia approach in our curriculum. She feels very strongly about “process over product,” our play-based philosophy, and making learning meaningful through children’s interests and hands on experiences.
5 Day Teacher
Mrs. Usmani joined the LANK community in 2020 as a 5-day teacher. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, French, and Economics from The University of Karachi. She also received her credentials in Early Childhood from the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute in 2019. She has 27 years of teaching experience and has taught various levels at different schools in her home country and in the USA. Prior to moving to the United States she also provided private tutoring to students in elementary school. Her passion for teaching blossoms from her love for children. Their innocence and desire to discover are a few of the many reasons that she chose this career path. She hopes to support her children academically while also inculcating virtues like grace and courtesy through playful activities. Mrs. Usmani loves traveling the world and has visited many countries. She hopes to visit Australia soon!
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein
Excellent teaching staff makes an outstanding school, and at LANK we take great care to recruit, retain and develop first class teachers and support staff. We employ teachers who combine expertise in early childhood education, with a love of teaching and a genuine concern for the well-being and progress of each and every child. LANK’S teachers are among some of the happiest people because they are doing what they love. Many have been at LANK for many years, and care deeply for the school, families, and greater community.
LANK's professional, experienced and educated staff is understanding, loving, and well-informed on child development issues. Our staff devotes several days throughout the school year for In-Service Staff Meetings. These meetings are designed to discuss, evaluate and modify various aspects of our school program. We invite outside early childhood education specialists to help us explore ideas, problem solve and conduct professional development workshops.
In addition, LANK uses a team approach when planning and reflecting for classroom learning. Our staff recognizes the importance of modeling cooperation for our students, which is accomplished by having the children see their teachers share knowledge, expertise and materials. At LANK, another core tenet is our belief in a strong partnership between school and home; our teachers support this vital connection through communication and opportunities for family involvement in all our programs.