Nancy Geier – Teacher
Hello and welcome to the CPL Staff Page! I am pleased and proud to have been a member of the terrific teaching staff of CPL since 1994! I joined the school as a parent in 1993, while it was still officially “Winnie the Pooh Preschool”, after learning about the opportunity our school provides to be an active part of your own children’s school experience! My daughter, Lena, then missed the LCPS kindergarten cut off date by 6 days and needed a small group environment to serve her social needs, and, to help prepare her for kindergarten! I then joined the teaching staff when my son, Joe, became a student the next year, serving a dual role as parent, and teacher from 1994-96.
I became a teacher of Special Education in 1983, after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in grades K-12 at James Madison University. I taught kindergarten, first, and second grade children with social, emotional and behavior challenges, for Loudoun County Public Schools, before entering the wonderful world of raising my own three children! I enjoyed teaching preschool classes in the community while my children were younger, and decided to continue working with this “wide eyed age” where almost every experience involves a new and exciting discovery!! I am now the “Oma” of my granddaughter, Alaina, who fits into that category!
The gifts that working with young children brings to my life are endless and priceless, with the greatest reward being what they teach me!
Tracey Sopp – Teacher
I have been a teacher at Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun since 2011. My involvement with the school began years ago when my children were students at CPL, formerly known as Winnie the Pooh Preschool. Through the years, I have remained involved with CPL as a parent, co-committee chair, enrichment teacher and substitute teacher. I have always enjoyed working with children and seeing their faces light up with discovery when they learn something new.
I have a degree in Elementary Education from Miami University in Ohio supplemented by Early Childhood coursework at Parkland College in Illinois. I was a teacher of young children for seven years before I had kids of my own. I am also a former Girl Scout troop leader. In my free time, I like to read and work in the garden.
Denise Hopkins - Teacher
My name is Denise Hopkins and I'm very excited to join the Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun in the fall of 2018! I bring with me over 20 years of teaching experience!
I grew up in Kentucky, where I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders and Master of Science in Education in both Special Education and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. I have taught in public, private and international schools in Kentucky, Chicago, Fairfax Co, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and most recently Malta. All of my teaching experience has been with preschool and kindergarten age students. While teaching in Kentucky, I participated in a research study with the University of Kentucky on involving parents in their child's education and transition from preschool to kindergarten and have always believed that parents should play a vital role in their child's education. I am excited to work with all the families at CPL!
Along with my husband and son, we have owned a home in Ashburn for 10 years, and no matter where our travels take us, we always return here. We love the diversity and friendliness of the area!
JULIA GERROND – Administrative DIRECTOR
I am Julia Gerrond and have enjoyed being the Administrative Director at CPL since 2014. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Art Education. I taught school in Wyoming and Germany. I was also the Director of the Special Olympics program in Germany that was run by the Army. I entered the preschool world as a teacher when I moved to San Antonio in 2009 and had preschool aged children myself. In 2012 when I moved to Virginia I learned about the advantages of cooperative education, I believe very much in parents and families being involved with their child's education. I am inspired by the love and dedication of the teachers and parents here at CPL. On the days I am not at CPL, I teach Elementary Art for Fairfax County Public Schools and I also have two boys that keep me smiling. It is so wonderful to be a part of the CPL Community!