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Tonya Henderson, Director at Copeley


I moved from North Carolina and settled in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2003. I took a position with Albemarle County Schools as a teaching assistant to first and second graders and was the site facilitator for one of the local after school programs. I completed my Associate in Education from Piedmont Virginia Community College in 2010 and earned my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education in 2015. My philosophy is that each child deserves a school in their community where they can be safe, healthy, supported and engaged.

My passion for teaching began in 1996 when I taught preschool in Italy.  Since then I have been able to share my love for teaching with children of various ages. I found my home at the University of Virginia's Child Development Center in 2006 where I taught preschool and was the Program Specialist until my position as Assistant Director for the Two to Five Year Old Center in 2012. In 2017 I was promoted to Director. The best part of my job is watching the children we care for grow and reach those important milestones in their lives as well as mentoring and inspiring each teacher who seeks to be a positive influence in a child's life.

I love to travel and experience new places and people. I also love spending time with my family.

Sara Albrecht, Program Specialist at Copeley


I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. I attended the Pennsylvania State University where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a Children Youth and Family Services option. During my time at Penn State I had the opportunity to work at the Penn State Child Development Lab working with preschoolers. I did my internship at a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk, underprivileged youth. After graduating in 2004, I ventured down to Charlottesville, Virginia and started working at the University of Virginia Child Development Center. I have held several positions at the Center including Pre-K Teacher, Enrichment Teacher and my current position as the Program Specialist at the Two to Five Year Old Center. I enjoy working here with all the teachers, staff, children and families.

I was married in October 2010. My husband and I own a home in Southern Albemarle County. I have two wonderful dogs that I adopted from the Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA.

Ixchel Pineda, Director at Earhart

I have been in the field of early childhood for over 30 years, working mostly with infants and toddlers.  I began baby-sitting in my early teens, and worked as a nanny and as a teacher in several child care centers while in college.  Once I graduated, I worked as a Parent Counselor assisting employees of Fortune 500 Companies finding child care options.  In 1996 I was hired as Day Care Coordinator of a developmental Day Care serving infants and toddlers with special needs and found my passion directing child care centers.  Over the past 21 years I have had the most amazing experiences, including being responsible for designing and running two brand new infant/toddler centers, one at a local university in New Jersey and then my own center, which I had for 13 years.  My journey is continuing at the University of Virginia.  In April of 2017, I relocated from New Jersey and moved to Waynesboro and took over as Director of the Earhart center. 

I am incredibly passionate about providing the highest quality of care and early education to young children and their families.  I love being able to support and mentor staff so they can provide children, particularly infants and toddlers, with the best early learning experiences possible.

Kim Fincannon, Program Specialist at Earhart 

fincannon_kim.jpgI moved from Ohio to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2010 and have been working as an infant and toddler teacher ever since. I worked in child care for over 23 years in Ohio as both a teacher and an assistant director. Currently, I am working as the Program Specialist at the University of Virginia Child Development Center Infant and Toddler Center.

I am taking online classes to earn my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Needs at Rasmussen. I enjoy fishing, hunting, cooking, spending time with my family, and traveling. I think I have the greatest job – working with children!