Staff Biography

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FACULTY AND STAFF BIOGRAPHIES 2009-10
 

Ms. Wanikka Vance, Owner-Founder-CEO-Lead Instructor 

 

"Shaping Dynasties of EXCELLENCE, one MIND at a Time

Hello my name is Wanikka Vance.  I am a graduate of the University of Mississippi.  I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education in 2003.  I have been teaching at Wilson elementary school for the past seven years.  I have taught first grade for three years and kindergarten for the last four years.  I have a passion for the youth therefore I commit myself to making a difference and forming a strong foundation in every child I meet.  Not only am I the owner-founder-ceo of Foundations 4 AdVANCEment, I am a teacher, a mother, the youth director at my church, a cheerleading and track coach, and a tutor just to name a few.

This year I plan to prepare your child for their future by giving them an educational foundation no one will ever be able to take away from them.  Preparing them to compete academically with the best of the best.  I promise to push, encourage, and drive your child into their destiny.  I promise to treat them as I would my own child and mold them into successful independent individuals.  This year I promise to help your family build a legacy of academic excellence.  

 

 

Janikka Vance, Preschool 3 Teacher 

This is Ms. Vance’s 1st year at Foundations 4 adVANCEment Early Learning Academy!
 
Family: child – Jai'Quan, 2  
 
Education:  B.A. and B.S., University of Maryland – College Park; professional
development classes through Virginia DSS, NAEYC, and other organizations
 
Experiences: kindergarten teacher, The Goddard School, Chantilly; kindergarten
teacher, the former Fairfax Brewster School, Bailey’s Crossroads; kindergarten teacher, LaPetite Academy,
Waldorf, Maryland; K-12 tutor, Sylvan Learning Center; private tutor; pre-k Sunday School teacher
 
Hobbies:  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, laughing, and watching movies.
 
Core Values: I deeply value honesty, integrity, empathy, and loyalty.  I believe in putting children first and I
believe that we can learn something from everyone.
 

 

 

Melissa Kessler, Preschool 3 Teacher 

This is Mrs. Kessler’s 1st year at Pinecrest School! 
 
Family: spouse – Rich; child – Holly, 3 (Pinecrest student) 
 
Education:  B.A. and B.S., University of Maryland – College Park; professional 
development classes through Virginia DSS, NAEYC, and other organizations 
 
Experiences: kindergarten teacher, The Goddard School, Chantilly; kindergarten 
teacher, the former Fairfax Brewster School, Bailey’s Crossroads; kindergarten teacher, LaPetite Academy, 
Waldorf, Maryland; K-12 tutor, Sylvan Learning Center; private tutor; pre-k Sunday School teacher 
 
Hobbies:  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, laughing, and watching movies. 
 
Core Values: I deeply value honesty, integrity, empathy, and loyalty.  I believe in putting children first and I 
believe that we can learn something from everyone.