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Staff members at Common Ground are tenured, child care professionals. More than half of our staff have worked at Common Ground for over ten years. Indeed, a number of our staff members have been part of the Common Ground family for 20 to 30 years and taught current parents years before! Each staff member has a wealth of teaching knowledge, years of experience, and compassion for children of all ages. We invite you tour our facility to meet our outstanding staff in person. Furthermore, Common Ground teachers receive early childhood education training of at least 26 hours annually.

Director, Michelle (Chelly) Manalastas

Masters of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University

Dual Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Secondary Education/Guidance Counseling from DeLasalle University in the Philippines.

Admin Assistant & Teacher


Mimi – Admin Assistant Teaching since 1993

Ms. Kristine -Admin Assistant & Part-Time Teacher, currently studying Early Childhood Education

Bubble Buddies Teachers


Ms. Hui –  Teaching since 1982, Formerly an assistant nurse in Taiwan

Ms. Susie – Teaching since 1988, BA in Mass Communications

Ms. Chanelle – Teaching since 2010

Ms. Tanisha – Teaching since 2014, Currently a student at NOVA

Playful Pandas


Ms. Pinky – Teaching since 2002

Ms. Simin – Teaching since 1990, Associate’s Degree in teaching Major in Vocation & Technique

Little Sprouts


Ms. Sally – Teaching since 1986, BS Psychology

Ms. Nana – Teaching since 2013, BA in Elementary Education from George Mason University

Dancing Monkeys


Ms. Delia- Teaching since 1985

Ms. Janette – Teaching since 2013, CDA

Rising Stars


Ms. Najiba – Teaching since 1972

Ms. Adella – Teaching since 1997, CDA

Hearty Honeybees


Ms. Yolanda- Teaching since 1987, CDA

Mr. James- Teaching since 2010, BA in Theater

Nature Explorers


Ms. Gitti – Teaching since 1977

Support Staff


Ms. Maria – Teaching since 2016

Ms. Shannon – Teaching since 2016

Mr. Josh – Teaching since 2016, currently a student at NOVA

Mr. Jordon – Teaching since 2012, currently a student at NOVA

Lek – Kitchen Staff


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