Welcome to Kindergarten! Mrs. Cunningham has taught for over 20 years in elementary and preschool education. She has been a Kindergarten teacher and the FDE Garden Lab Coordinator/Designer since the opening of FDES in 2012. Previously, she taught preschool at St. James Preschool for 4 years, developed and taught nature classes for young children at Ida Lee, and coached runners for the past 25 years. Prior to moving to Leesburg, she was a third grade teacher in both the regular and Spanish Immersion classes for 7 years and a Kindergarten teacher for 2 years in the Arlington Public School System. Along with teaching, she continues to give school garden presentations, professional development and workshops with Pop, our garden lab expert who is her dad. She has developed curriculum with the Smithsonian and with a program for gifted upper elementary students. Mrs. Cunningham has an undergraduate degree from George Mason University in Mass Communication and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Marymount University. She is currently working on a second master's degree in Environmental Education through Mary Baldwin University.You can follow Mrs. Cunningham on Instagram at mckinderteacher that she orginally started for her students and families when COVID closed the schools. She continues to share her discoveries in nature, the garden, explore fun experiments, and more.
Mrs. Cunningham lives in downtown Leesburg with her husband. Her two boys are off to college at Christopher Newport University. She loves to teach, garden, farm, run with her dogs, read, and explore nature. She is looking forward to a fantastic year of learning with your children!
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