Christi taught elementary school for seven years, beginning in 2010. Before that, she earned her undergraduate degree at Marietta College in Early Childhood Education. She went on to obtain her master's degree in special education at the University of Mary Washington. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and son, Canyon, as well as playing soccer, staying active, and being outdoors.  

Christi Gillette
School Director

Alannah began teaching young children in 2008. Starting as an aide, Alannah went on to become a teacher, then a trained new teachers, and has done some directing. She also achieved an undergraduate degree in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Boston, coupling her desire to assist children and families with her love of teaching. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Brandon, cooking, and going to Virginia parks with her Australian Shepherd, Ruby.

Alannah Walker

Kate is an assistant director and the Pre-K lead teacher. She studied English at East Carolina University and moved to the Charlottesville area soon after.  After having her first daughter, she suddenly fell in love with childcare and education. Kate is inspired by creative learning through art and music. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband, exploring the outdoors, and staying active.

Kate Brown
Pre-K Teacher
Assistant Director

Rita is a co-lead teacher in the Explorers classroom.

Rita Baron
Lead Teacher

Jenny is the teacher assistant in the Adventurers classroom. Jenny has been with Little Explorers since March 2019.

Jenny Hale
Teacher Assistant

Jessie has been with Little Explorers since September 2019 and is the assistant teacher in the Pre-K class. Her background is in social work, where she spent the first part of her career before she had her son, Carter. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and she also owns the Creative Wagon. 

Jessie Foss
Teacher Assistant

Jennifer has been with Little Explorers since December 2019. She leads our Let's Explore Together class for children ages 0-24 months and substitutes for our preschool. Jennifer spent eight years as a nanny before earning an undergraduate and master's degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management. She was in charge of the programming at Little Planets Playroom and leads Hike it Baby Charlottesville. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking with her husband and two kids.

Jennifer Iyengar
Teacher Assistant

Ruth has been with Little Explorers since January 2020 and assists in both classrooms. Ruth grew up in Yogaville, where she learned to practice yoga and meditation at a very young age. She studied ecology and the arts at Living Education. She enjoys working with people of all ages but has a special passion for children and play! Ruth has always connected with babies and children in a special way. In her free time she loves being with her family and exploring the many beautiful places in Virginia with her beloved hound dog Sasha Marie. 

Ruth Sharretts
Teacher Assistant

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Phone: 434-205-4177


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