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47 Years In Reston

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Reston’s Best Childcare

With 47 years of history in Reston, Common Ground has established a community that is unmatched in our area. A licensed group of child cares, Common Ground is experiencing a rebirth of mission and focus empowering a community of teachers, students, and parents to never stop learning. With an approach that combines Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, and Project-Based Learning models, Common Ground aims to meet the needs of every child that comes through our doors.

Our newly revamped aftercare, summer camps, and the opening of our new Kindergarten all reflect the growth of our amazing school. Our renewed purpose lies in getting back to our Founder, Embry C. Rucker and the original Board of Trustee’s vision to provide the best childcare and education to a culturally and socio-economically diverse group of children.

 
 
 
 
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Learning Cycle

Wonder - Students are presented with exciting and challenging concepts in an engaged and meaningful way to stoke curiousity.

Investigate - With their newfound interest, students are given the space and freedom to explore and experiment driving their own understanding of concepts. 

Share - Students then display their understanding through projects, artifacts and writings which are then shared with parents to open the door to the classroom of their child.

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Our Team 

Administration

Garrett Wilhelm - Executive Director    Garrett comes to Common Ground after an over 20 year career in Montessori education. First as a teacher, then Head of School, then school founder. Garrett joined Common Ground to take his best skills to those who truly deserve and need them. Garrett is a published author, thought-leader for personalized education, and has spent his career working to change the way education looks and feels to meet the needs of every learner.

Garrett Wilhelm - Executive Director

Garrett comes to Common Ground after an over 20 year career in Montessori education. First as a teacher, then Head of School, then school founder. Garrett joined Common Ground to take his best skills to those who truly deserve and need them. Garrett is a published author, thought-leader for personalized education, and has spent his career working to change the way education looks and feels to meet the needs of every learner.

Liz Badley - Operations Manager

Liz Badley - Operations Manager

Ms. Mimi - Assistant Director

Ms. Mimi - Assistant Director

LJ Donnell - Outreach Coordinator

LJ Donnell - Outreach Coordinator

Christina Strick - Wiehle Metro Director

Christina Strick - Wiehle Metro Director

Ms. Adella - Teaching since 1997, CDA

Ms. Adella - Teaching since 1997, CDA

Ms. Chanelle - Teaching since 2010

Ms. Chanelle - Teaching since 2010

Ms. Delia - Teaching since 1985

Ms. Delia - Teaching since 1985

Ms. Gitti - Teaching since 1977

Ms. Gitti - Teaching since 1977

Ms. Hui - Teaching since 1982

Ms. Hui - Teaching since 1982

Mr. James - Teaching since 2010, BA in Theater

Mr. James - Teaching since 2010, BA in Theater

Ms. Janette - Teaching since 2013, CDA

Ms. Janette - Teaching since 2013, CDA

Mr. Jordan - Teaching since 2012

Mr. Jordan - Teaching since 2012

Mr Josh - Teaching since 2016

Mr Josh - Teaching since 2016

Lek - Kitchen Staff

Lek - Kitchen Staff

Najiba - Teaching since 1972

Najiba - Teaching since 1972

Nana - Teaching since 2013, BA in Elementary Ed.

Nana - Teaching since 2013, BA in Elementary Ed.

Ms. Petty - Teaching since 2017, BA in Economical Science.

Ms. Petty - Teaching since 2017, BA in Economical Science.

Ms. Pinky - Teaching since 2002, CDA

Ms. Pinky - Teaching since 2002, CDA

Mr. Ridge - Teaching since 2011.

Mr. Ridge - Teaching since 2011.

Ms. Simin - Teaching since 2002.

Ms. Simin - Teaching since 2002.

Ms. Shannon - Teaching since 2016

Ms. Shannon - Teaching since 2016

Josselyn Yanes - Teaching since 2016

Josselyn Yanes - Teaching since 2016

Ms. Susie - Teaching since 1988, BA in Mass Communication

Ms. Susie - Teaching since 1988, BA in Mass Communication

Brooke Nyren - Teaching since 2017

Brooke Nyren - Teaching since 2017

Saima Qaisar - Teaching since

Saima Qaisar - Teaching since

Ms.Tanisha - Teaching since 2014

Ms.Tanisha - Teaching since 2014

Allison Dempsey - Teaching since 2018

Allison Dempsey - Teaching since 2018

Ms. Yolanda - Teaching since 1987, CDA

Ms. Yolanda - Teaching since 1987, CDA

Ivy Crosier - Teaching since 2019

Ivy Crosier - Teaching since 2019