CLC Preschool - Loving Laughing Learning

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Links to our registration forms and student handbook can be found below.

Christ Lutheran Preschool is a developmental, Christian based program. The preschool program’s focus is child centered with an emphasis on learning through play and self-discovery, encouraging curiosity and assisting the child to develop a love of learning. Our 3-year old classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. and our 4-year old classes meet three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. We are a small program located one block from University of Mary Washington in a residential neighborhood with plenty of parking (both off and on street) and a fabulous playground.

We have two 4 year-old classes and two 3 year-old classes. Our 4 year-old classes are limited to 16 students with two instructors while our 3 year-old classes allow for 12 students and two instructors. Our lead teachers hold degrees in education and provide a loving, learning environment.
For further information and a virtual tour of our classrooms, please contact our school coordinator at or 540 373-5087.

Richele Davis, Preschool Teacher

All About Me

I am (it’s a secret) years old. I live in Spotsylvania County, but I was raised just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. When I grow up, I want to work with children and/or fun people. My favorites are family, sunny days, going new places, and scary movies. My favorite color is magenta. My favorite type of book is mystery/suspense. My favorite foods are steak, baked potatoes, pasta, and French onion dip. My pet is Bailey the dog.

I graduated college from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Early Childhood Development.

Upon graduation, I moved to Virginia to start my new career at Spotsylvania County Schools. After being an elementary teacher for many years, I chose to stay at home and raise my 3 beautiful children. When my youngest was preschool age, my family and I became members at Christ Lutheran Church. I also became the Christian Education Director for the church as well as one of the preschool teachers. Most days you will find me at CLC. When I am not there, I am at home being a busy mom to my teenage children. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Martha Coleman, Preschool Coordinator

All About Me

I am 39+ years old. I live in Fredericksburg, but I was raised in Michigan. When I grow up, I want to be a bestselling author. My friends are all fun, silly, generous & friendly people. My favorite color is pink. My favorite book is The Outsiders. My favorite snacks are chips & dip and hummus & crackers. My pet is Buddy the cat.

I graduated from Michigan State University in the early 80’s with a degree in education then promptly moved to Fredericksburg. After thirty-one years of teaching English at three different Spotsylvania middle schools and acquiring my masters in education from George Mason University, I retired in June 2015. It was a rewarding career, and I still very much enjoy children.  I have been an active member of Christ Lutheran Church since 1997 and work with our Christian Education program and our youth group. Having two teenage sons (Avery & Brett) and a husband who adore baseball, they have pulled me in as their biggest fan. You can find me most evenings and weekends at a ball park in the area with a big smile on my face.

Hope Wood, Preschool Teacher

All About Me

I am (??) years old. I live in Lee’s Hill North. When I grow up, I want to be a teacher and a mom. My favorites are monkeys, coffee, chocolate with nuts, Madison, VA, and the beach. My favorite color is purple. My favorite book is ALL books, especially The Prince of Tides and Franny B Kranny There’s a Bird in Your Hair. My favorite foods are popcorn, BLTs, Italian food, and Dove dark chocolates with almonds. My pet is Addy the airedale.

I am a native of Madison, Virginia. I graduated from Mary Washington when it was a College with a degree in Geography. While a student there, I met my husband, Steve who was in the Marine Corps at the time. Our travels took us to duty stations across the country, including South Carolina, California, North Carolina and Rhode Island. We have a son, Blake, and a daughter, Miranda. In my spare time, I can be found at Target, Gold’s Gym, watching the Washington Nationals, or reading a good book.

Shannan Shaw, Preschool Para-professional

All About Me

My name is Shannan Shaw and I am 40 years old.  I live in Stafford, VA.  When I grow up, I want to be able to stay at home doing my hobbies all day long.  I love to paint, crochet, garden, read, and spend time with my family and friends.  My favorite color is blue and my favorite food is pizza.  My favorite book is Heidi.  I have two cats named Georgia (Georgie) and Virginia (Ginny).

I have lived in Stafford for the past 15 years.  Before that, I was a student at Mary Washington College.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Education.  I taught middle and high school for 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom.  I have one son, Michael, and when he started first grade I became a substitute teacher in his school, as well as at CLCP.

My husband, Steve, and I were married at Christ Lutheran Church in 2006.  We have been members of the church since then, and I have spent the last several years on the school board, helping with vacation bible school, and teaching Sunday school.  In my spare time I like to read and go on trips with my family.

Melissa Berndt, Preschool Para-professional

All About Me

I live in Spotsylvania County. When I grow up I want to work with and around people.  My favorite things are my family, pets, friends, being outside, gardening, traveling, a day on the beach, cooking, long walks and reading books; especially Historical Fiction. My favorite colors are green and yellow. My favorite foods are chicken, fish, potatoes, pasta, salad, fruit, cheese, chips, cookies and ice cream.  My pets are my cats, Fable, Willett, and Meow Meow. My dog Ellie and my two birds, Cotton and Candy.

I am originally from Virginia, but I moved around quite a bit with my family growing up. I graduated from The University of South Carolina with a degree in Hospitality, Restaurant and Travel Management. After graduation I became a Flight Attendant for two different Airlines, the last being Delta for 15 years. During this time I met my husband Doug. We have two awesome children, Victoria, who I homeschooled for seven years and is now a sophomore at Emory and Henry College and Walker, who is a student at Courtland High School and The Commonwealth Governor’s School.

I am an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church on Harrison Road and volunteer at my son’s schools and his swim teams. I am really enjoying working with Mrs Wood and I love getting to know the preschool children here at Christ Lutheran and their families.