(Elizabeth) Jorden Glaze, Director at Earhart
I started my career with children in 2008 as a program specialist while completing my bachelor’s degree from Wright State University. After graduating I became an Assistant Director in Huber Heights in Ohio. I began helping the team become accredited and promoted a higher quality learning environment. In 2012 I was promoted to Center Director. During my time in the Dayton Market I received NAEYC Accreditations and High State Quality Ratings for multiple locations.
Tonya Henderson, Assistant 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 the 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 will be attending Ashford University to earn my Bachelors in Education. 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 current position as Assistant Director for the Two to Five Year Old Center. The best part of my job is watching the children we care for grow and reach those important milestones in their lives.
I love to travel and experience new places, and spend time with my family. In my spare time I practice perfecting my photography skills on my cutest subject, my grandson.
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.
Kim Fincannon, Program Specialist at Earhart
I 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!