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Rhian Allvin

Founder

Rob Blakely

Executive Director

Katie Blanco

Associate Educator

Haya Blatman

Early Childhood Educator

Donovan Byrdsong

Food Service and Facilities Associate

Giselle Cabrera

Associate Educator

Maura Cowden

Associate Educator

Teri Eckel

Substitute Educator

Courtney Evans

Educator Apprentice

Xavier Fraga

Associate Educator

Cassandra Graham

Early Childhood Educator

Hannah Hackelton

Early Childhood Educator

Chenelle Haygood

Educator Team Lead

Michelle Hernandez-Larico

Early Childhood Educator

Cecelia Huggins

Early Childhood Educator

Mitra Karimi

Educator Apprentice

Irene Kaulave

Early Childhood Educator

Alisha Kent

Early Childhood Educator

Shyann Kent

Educator Apprentice

Ashley Larkin

Early Childhood Educator

Yumi Primo

Associate Educator

Elizabeth Rawlings

Educator Team Lead

Angela Rendina

Associate Educator

Estephani Romero

Educator Apprentice

Nika Savage

Associate Educator

Valena Singleton

Early Childhood Educator

Tiara Smith

Associate Educator

Ashton Stephenson

Associate Educator

Kelle Young

Director, People and Culture

Rhian Allvin

Founder

Rhian has spent her career promoting and advocating for the systems and structures that lead to high quality early childhood education for all children. She believes that professional early childhood educators are the backbone to the best child care environments. Rhian’s passion to launch Brynmor started while she was CEO at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), as she witnessed first hand the lack of opportunities for families, children and early childhood educators across the United States.

Rhian’s unwavering dedication to elevating the need for investments in early childhood education became evident early in her career. She was the CEO at First Things First, Arizona’s public-private partnership, where she played a pivotal role creating a system of early childhood education funded by $150 million in public support. Rhian has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions and she is a relied upon source on the economics, policy and implementation of high-quality early education for broadcast and print media including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and National Public Radio.

Rhian and the team at Brynmor are excited to use their experience, passion and expertise to turn an historic building into a loving space where children thrive and learn and early childhood educators are treated as professionals.

Rhian is married to Paul Allvin, they live in Falls Church, VA with their three teenagers and two dogs.

Rob Blakely

Executive Director

Brynmor Early Education & Preschool is thrilled to announce our Brynmor Lorton’s first employee and Executive Director, Rob Blakely. Rob joins Brynmor after serving for the past seven years at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington in Loudon County, Virginia. During his time with the YMCA, his roles included Senior Program Director and Associate Executive Director. In these roles he oversaw all youth development programs including early learning, school age and summer camps for the region as well as the complete oversight and management of all the business operations.

Rob’s life work is dedicated to young people and ensuring their healthy growth and development. His extensive leadership experience includes managing large scale programs, opening new early childhood centers and successfully leading teams in creating an inclusive environment for educators, children and families. He prides himself on his ability to create and cultivate a positive, nurturing and inclusive environment for staff, children and families alike. His passion for outreach and creating meaningful connections reaches further than his programs but to everyone in the community, creating relationships for the betterment of all involved. 

Rob holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia along with several certifications in the health, safety and development of young children. Rob loves to spend his free time playing & watching soccer, fishing, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Caitlyn and their two children Rhett and Olivia. Brynmor is excited to have Rob leading our Lorton team.

Katie Blanco

Associate Educator

Katie has been in the early childhood education field since 2019 working with children ages six weeks through five years old. She has also been a nanny and has done a lot of babysitting. Katie is currently enrolled at NOVA pursuing her Associate’s degree in ECE and hopes to make a positive impact on children and families.

In her free time, Katie enjoys being outdoors for walks and exploring new terrain. She likes to experiment with make up and use her skills doing makeovers for friends and family. She is a proud first generation Salvadorian and loves Latin music. Living just outside of Ft. Belvoir, she shares her home with her family and many animal pets.

Seeing children accomplish milestones is rewarding for Katie. She is patient and loving and has a genuine passion for building strong partnerships with the families in her classroom. At Brynmor, Katie looks forward to learning from and fostering strong relationships with her peers.

Haya Blatman

Early Childhood Educator

Haya has been in the early childhood education world for over five years and has been in the classroom for about a year. She has always loved being around children and knows there is something really special about watching them learn and seeing them grow. The most satisfying part of her work is to know that children feel seen and valued as people. When children move on from Brynmor, she wants them to feel like someone cared about them and believed in them.

After spending most of her adult life in Massachusetts, Haya moved to Virginia over the summer. Her husband is in the Marine Corps. They have three adorable fluffy cats. She loves baking cookies, knitting, and painting at home.

Donovan Byrdsong

Food Service and Facilities Associate

Donovan comes to Brynmor with experience in the restaurant industry and brings high standards of food service to his role. He has a personal goal of putting a smile on the face of everyone he interacts with. Donovan is studying social sciences in college and plans to pursue a career in the education field. His mother’s career as an elementary school teacher has greatly influenced his professional aspirations.

Donovan has two older brothers and his father is in the Navy. This has allowed him to live in many different states including California, Hawaii, and Maryland before moving to Virginia. Outside of work, he enjoys graphic design and spending time at the gym.

Giselle Cabrera

Associate Educator

In her immediate and extended families, Giselle has been surrounded with young children who she has helped to take care of throughout her life. She was a lead teacher in a three year old classroom for almost two years when she lived in Florida. It is rewarding to Giselle when she is able to welcome children to her class and see them be excited to start a new day.

Giselle lived in Mineola, NY until she was 13 years old and then moved to West Palm Beach, FL where she lived for 11 years. Now that she’s in Virginia, she lives with her aunt. Giselle is very thankful to her aunt and her parents in Florida for all of their support. Her family is originally from El Salvador. She has three sisters and one brother. Traveling is a passion for Giselle – whether that means a car trip or somewhere further.

One of her goals at Brynmor is to be a great partner for children as well as their parents. Giselle wants to be the person that children see as soon as they get to the Center and are excited to spend their day learning with her. It is so fun for her to see their huge smiles when they are able to accomplish a milestone and receive reassurance from her, their trusted adult.

Maura Cowden

Associate Educator

Maura is studying at NOVA to be a teacher and is excited to be learning with the children and educators at Brynmor. She loves how children have open minds and are always interested in exploring new things. The moment when their eyes light up upon finding a topic that interests them or when they ask tons of questions about something they are learning is rewarding to Maura.

Growing up in Brunswick, Georgia, she moved to Virginia when she was ten. Her father was in the Coast Guard, so they moved quite a bit. Maura is the middle child between three sisters and one brother. She loves her mini Dachshund Bmo and her bearded dragon Mango. In her free time, she likes to craft and paint, but her main hobby right now is building miniatures.

At Brynmor, Maura hopes to learn about different styles of teaching to help her develop her own methods. She will foster great learning moments for the children in her care and will strive to encourage their growth and development.

Teri Eckel

Substitute Educator

Teri is an early childhood educator with over 16 years of experience guiding young children to reach their fullest potential intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually. With a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Loyola University Maryland and an AMI Montessori Diploma from Washington Montessori Institute, she is a dedicated, nurturing, and collaborative educator who is committed to identifying and supporting each child’s distinct learning style, interest, and potential. Teri is a team player committed to developing effective programs, nurturing a love of learning and building strong community together. She is adept at building strong parent-teacher-child partnerships that lead to rewarding school experiences and is passionate about creating and maintaining safe, loving, and supportive learning environments where all children learn, grow, and thrive.

Prior to teaching, Teri spent over a decade working for The Cronkite Ward Company producing quality educational television programming for The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and Public Television. This invaluable experience took her all over the world, exposing her to different people, cultures, and customs, and teaching her the importance of education and further developing her compassion toward humanity. 

Teri resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband and their dog. She enjoys traveling, visiting her twin sons at college, spending time with family, taking art classes, snow skiing, walking in nature, meditation and practicing peace.

Courtney Evans

Educator Apprentice

Courtney is attending Liberty University pursuing her degree in elementary education. Growing up, she volunteered in the infant and toddler rooms at her church whenever she could. During her senior year of high school, she had an internship in an elementary classroom, where her plans to be a teacher were solidified.

The opportunity to see firsthand the development that takes place in the beginning years of life is something that amazes and inspires Courtney. She is motivated to serve others and she hopes to be a positive and impactful person in every child’s life while contributing to Brynmor’s mission of helping every child meet his or her full potential. Further, she hopes that every child feels loved and valued in her care and that they develop into lifelong learners.

Courtney’s family consists of her three sisters and parents. She played soccer in college and enjoys staying active and working out regularly. Her mom and dad also played soccer in college, so she grew up in a competitive household. Outside of the classroom, Courtney plans on becoming a personal trainer, with a focus on elderly clients. She enjoys baking and spending time with friends. Her dog Dash is a lab and golden retriever mix, so probably the friendliest dog ever!

Xavier Fraga

Associate Educator

Xavier has worked with children in pre-k and second grade classrooms and has greatly enjoyed learning about the foundational stages of child development and education. He is inspired by the opportunity to help shape young minds during their most formative years and wants to contribute to their growth and development. With a degree in social sciences, he finds satisfaction in helping to build environments where children can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

The oldest of three children, Xavier was born in Lincoln, Nebraska but grew up in Northern Virginia. He is a voracious reader, enjoying fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and non-fiction history or sociology books. Xavier is an avid football and basketball fan – go Dolphins and Celtics! He is also the proud cat dad of two kittens, Zoro and Nico.

At Brynmor, Xavier will strive to implement innovative teaching methods, foster strong relationships with students and their families, and collaborate with colleagues to continuously enhance the quality of education and care provided. His goal is to leave a lasting positive impact on the lives of children and the Brynmor community as a whole.

Cassandra Graham

Early Childhood Educator

Cassie has been working with children for the past ten years and acquired her degree in early childhood education in 2020 from New Mexico State University. She has worked with children of different ages and loves seeing them gain confidence when trying something new. Watching children develop their own interest and passions is very motivating for Cassie. She believes that children possess an innate joy that they bring to every aspect of life and she hopes to emulate that joy personally and professionally.

Originally from New Mexico, she and her husband have also lived in Texas and Florida. Her husband is an officer in the Coast Guard, and they have a sweet Dalmatian puppy, Piper. Cassie likes to go thrifting in her spare time and is always planning their next trip to Disney.

At Brynmor, Cassie hopes to grow as an educator by learning from her co-workers and collaborating on ways that they can best serve children and families. She wants to be an active member of our school community and help children achieve their personal goals.

Hannah Hackelton

Early Childhood Educator

With over six years of experience in the early childhood education field, Hannah feels blessed to have worked with such amazing families and children. She has not only been an educator, but also a tutor, friend, and mentor to children with autism as she helped them expand and grow their abilities and cultivate kindness and love for one another. Hannah has her Associate’s degree in ECE from Johnson University.

Growing up in a military family, Hannah has lived in many states and appreciates their uniqueness and charm. She has two wonderful children who also attend Brynmor. Reading and spending time outside are favorite pastimes of hers and you will often find her with her children at the Zoo, the Aquarium, the National Mall, or the Children’s Museum.

Seeing the joy and love for learning in the world of children is an amazing and rewarding feeling for Hannah. She values knowing that she helped cultivate that joy and love. At Brynmor, she hopes to lead children to create, grow, and blossom as makers, doers, and changers of their world. A favorite quote of Dr. Suess inspires her – “Today you are you, that’s truer than True! There is no one alive who is you’er than you.”

Chenelle Haygood

Educator Team Lead

Chenelle has been in early childhood education for more than 20 years. She is a Registered Behavioral Therapist and has worked extensively supporting children with special needs and their families. She has worked with children for as long as she can remember, including babysitting when she was younger.

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Psychology, Chenelle immediately moved into a toddler educator role. Over the years, she has taught children from toddlers to ten-year-olds. She decided to make a change from her nine-year career in the world of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) to join Brynmor. At Brynmor, she is excited to utilize her background to make all children feel welcomed and cared for on their educational journey.

Chenelle is the mother of a two-year-old little girl and a four-year-old little boy. They have a five-year-old puppy named Niko. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching YouTube and crocheting.

Michelle Hernandez-Larico

Early Childhood Educator

Michelle has been in the early childhood education field for over eight years and is drawn to this work because she wants to be a voice for children to ensure that their words are heard. The most satisfying part of her job is being able to play and connect with these marvelous children, and she feels so fortunate to learn more from them every single day.

Michelle was born in Falls Church, Virginia but her father is from El Salvador and her mother is from Bolivia. She currently resides in Dumfries, Virginia. Michelle is the oldest of her siblings and has a younger brother named Christopher and a younger sister named Lizeth. She has a one year old puppy named Toby Benito. In her free time, she loves to binge watch shows on Netflix and spend time with her family.

Cecelia Huggins

Early Childhood Educator

Cece comes to Brynmor with seven years of experience in the field of early
childhood education. She began her education at NOVA where she earned an Associate’s degree in Teacher Education. Moving on to George Mason University, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. The last piece of the educational equation for Cece was to finish her Master’s degree from George Mason in Early Childhood Education.

She has a passion for working with young children and loves to see that spark in their eyes when they grasp a concept. Helping children learn through play and everyday moments, Cece hopes to create memorable experiences for them. She wants her students to know that they are loved and also for them to develop a deep commitment to learning.

Cece is from Fairfax but has lived in Jordan, Botswana, and Kenya. She lives with her parents, her brother, and her cat Giffi. In her free time, she likes to paint, sing, and spend quality time with her family and friends.

Mitra Karimi

Educator Apprentice

Mitra has experience working with children in a preschool setting and loves this age group. She is originally from Afghanistan and worked in a preschool there and also in Albany, New York. She has her Bachelor’s degree in English literature. Mitra is rewarded by seeing children grow in a safe and loving environment.

The oldest of five children, Mitra has two younger brothers and two younger sisters. She lives in Lorton and likes to go shopping and spend time with friends in her spare time. Mitra practices make up skills as a hobby and also likes fish. Her favorite authors are William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen.

In working with children by helping them develop their creative sides and through singing with them, Mitra finds great enjoyment. She wants to be a positive role model at Brynmor and be a great partner to all of her peers.

Irene Kaulave

Early Childhood Educator

Irene has been in the early childhood education field for the past ten years and calls this time period the best of her professional career. In high school, she was an assistant teacher in a kindergarten classroom and that’s when her interest in child development began. When she became the mother of twins, she realized that thier best learning happened through play.

Believing that a hands on, positive and curious mindset is critical in our field, Irene gains satisfaction from knowing that she is a part of a loving, healthy, and safe environment where all children can explore and use their imaginations to learn about the world around them. Her goal as an Educator at Brynmor is to create lifelong relationships with the children and families that she serves. She will encourage curiosity, and self-expression which will allow each child to discover their unique personalities.

Irene is a proud Hispanic and was born in Massachusetts. She’s been married for 29 years. Both of her sons serve in the military and Irene is looking forward to having grandbabies. In 2019, she completed her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Virginia Community College.

Alisha Kent

Early Childhood Educator

Alisha has been in the field of early childhood education for the last 25 years and was drawn to this work to elevate the level of early childhood educators. She derives great satisfaction from seeing the growth and development of children through their early years. Alisha is committed to providing high quality education for every child and family at Brynmor. She hopes to help families understand what their children need and deserve in these critical developmental years.

Alisha is from Washington, D.C. and is happily married to her husband of 18 years. They have 4 children and 4 (almost 5) grandchildren. Alisha has a turtle name Tyrone, and during her free time, you’ll find her with her family, enjoying time outdoors, going to the movies, and creating DIY projects.

Shyann Kent

Educator Apprentice

Shyann has spent the last two years of her career in the field of early childhood education. She strives to ensure that children have the best care and are in a loving environment by making sure that they know how valuable they are to her.

When she was a small child, she would ask her parents to give her dolls so she could pretend to run her own childcare center. Growing up in Woodbridge, VA, she has two sisters and one brother plus two nieces and one nephew.

Shyann is the proud mom of a one-year-old daughter. Some of her hobbies are cheerleading, softball, shopping with her mom and watching movies with her family. Shyann plans to get a degree in early childhood education and eventually move to the social services field to help families that may be in need. At Brynmor, she hopes to contribute her patience, experiences and love towards making this the best environment for children to grow and learn.

Ashley Larkin

Early Childhood Educator

Ashley has been in the field of early childhood education for the past three years. Her passion for nurturing young minds led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She is drawn to this profession for the opportunity it offers to be a part of young learners’ journeys as they navigate and discover their identities. Witnessing them overcome challenges, celebrate successes, and grow both academically and personally is incredibly fulfilling to Ashley.

Originally from North Dakota, Ashley is married to a Virginia native, and they have two children, Olivia and Charlie. Their family is completed by two adorable dogs, Ella who is a Shorkie and Daisy who is an Aussiedoodle. During her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors and enjoys baking and playing fun games with her children.

At Brynmor, Ashley hopes to foster strong, nurturing relationships with both students and their families, recognizing the profound influence of these connections on a child’s growth and development. She aims to further enrich these relationships, ensuring a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes learning and wellbeing. Ashley also prioritizes working closely with her teammates at Brynmor. She hopes to contribute to a cohesive and thriving educational community.

Yumi Primo

Associate Educator

Yumi has been in the early childhood education field for 18 plus years and finds it so rewarding. She believes that all successful careers are the product of great early learning. The most satisfying part of her work is building relationships with students and families. Yumi looks forward to strong partnerships with her team as well.

Yumi is from Pohnpei State in Micronesia. She moved to Virginia to help take care of her granddaughter, Ilana. Yumi has three children, Ginette, Ginero and Graven. In her free time, she likes to visit with friends and family.

Elizabeth Rawlings

Educator Team Lead

Liz has been in early childhood education for 16 years, most recently helping children as a family support specialist. She has her associate’s degree and is pursing her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent psychology. Liz values being a trusted caregiver to support children’s developmental journeys. Accessibility is very important to her, and she is committed to allowing families to experience early childhood development at Brynmor.


After her time as a Family Support Worker for DC families and children, Liz
transitioned to a role as a Child Find outreach specialist for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in DC. She worked with families throughout the District by assessing child development and providing developmental and inclusivity training to childcare centers. Liz established strong partnerships with community-based organizations and medical facilities in DC that support families with infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities.


As a Team Lead, Liz is committed to supporting her fellow educators to achieve the goal of providing high quality care to early learners. Liz’s son Adrian is a toddler and brings constant joy to her life. During her free time, she enjoys spas, reading, and writing.

Angela Rendina

Associate Educator

Angie has been in the early childhood education field for 24 years. She comes to Brynmor with tenured experience with private and military childcare centers. As someone who babysat and nannied early in her career, she especially loves caring for infants in order to be able to see their developmental milestones. It makes her happy to know that she has helped them grow.

Angie was born and raised in the Tysons, VA area. She has three children and four cats. In her free time, she and her boyfriend play adult softball, go fishing and enjoy spending time with their families.

Among her goals at Brynmor, Angie would like to share her knowledge with children, families and her teammates. Seeing children accomplish their goals and knowing that she helped them learn the steps to do so is very rewarding to her.

Estephani Romero

Educator Apprentice

Estephani has been in the early childhood education field for over seven years and has worked with many ages. She feels she has learned the most from infants and toddlers so far. Nurturing children and building bonds with them and their families is the most rewarding aspect of her work.

With a goal of creating a classroom environment where children can explore, grow, learn, and be themselves, Estephani loves to celebrate the little success that happen each day. The children in her care help bring out her creativity to approach learning in multiple ways for each child.

Originally from Mexico, Estephani moved to VA when she was seven years old. She lives with her husband and two fur babies, Jacob and Arlo. In her free time, she likes to go hiking and play video games.

Nika Savage

Associate Educator

Nika has been in the early childhood education field for more than 16 years. She started her professional life in retail management and initially joined the ECE profession for a change. Soon after, Nika realized that she had found her passion in a career that allowed her to watch children learn and grow. She has experience helping centers with the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation process.

The most satisfying part of her job is to watch children be their authentic selves. At school, they can be bold, quiet, adventurous, shy, messy, artistic, and so may other combinations. Nika likes getting to know children and catering her teaching to meet their specific needs. She thrives on meeting each child where they are and watching them blossom.

Nika is originally from North Carolina, though she was raised in Northern Virginia. Her daughter Samia is 21 and in her senior year at Howard University, where she works with special needs children. Her son Sam is 13 and goes to Lake Braddock. He plays AAU basketball. The family has a bulldog Rayne. In their free time, they love to hike, watch movies, visit new places and enjoy time with their loved ones.

Valena Singleton

Early Childhood Educator

Since 2008, June has been committed to the field of early childhood education. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Early and Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education.

June comes from a family of educators and respect for children runs deep in her upbringing. She is excited to be a part of Brynmor because her personal beliefs align with our genuine approach to educating young learners. Bringing her creativity and joie de vivre to Brynmor, she is committed to cultivating bright experiences and memories with her early learners.

Although she has lived in Virginia for 23 years, June is originally from South Carolina and enjoys going home to visit her relatives. In her free time, she also has fun exploring the DMV area for the amazing food, events, and nature trails. June loves having freshly made treats from the Dutch Farmers Markets.

Tiara Smith

Associate Educator

In her family, Tiara is the Auntie who watches all of the kiddos, which grew her love for children. After 15 years in the early childhood education field working with children from the ages of six weeks to 5 years old, she especially loves to witness children grow and develop. She thrives on building strong bonds with her families and fellow teammates.

Born in DC but raised in Maryland, Tiara moved to Virginia in 2021. She has a six- year-old son Aiden who is her best friend. Some of her hobbies are creating art, dancing, and singing.

Tiara wants to bring fresh and creative ways that children can learn to Brynmor. She can’t wait to see her students learn, grow, and develop their individual personalities. She looks forward to building meaningful and long-lasting relationships with her children, families and colleagues.

Ashton Stephenson

Associate Educator

In addition to lots of babysitting, Ashton grew up working in her church’s nursery for ten years. She also was a nanny and house manager for a family for seven years. Because her degree is in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology and Anthropology, she understands the importance of social and emotional development. Ashton believes in approaching each child where they are as an individual.

Born and raised in Fairfax, VA, she spent the past eight years in Florida. Ashton has two fur babies at home and has a passion for nature, nutrition, and neuroscience. Some of her hobbies are hiking, ice skating, photography, and working out.

At Brynmor, Ashton is excited to help create environments where children feel safe, welcome, cared for, and prioritized. She would like to make a positive impact on every child that she interacts with and feels lucky to be able to help them become the person that they have the potential to be.

Kelle Young

Experience Coordinator

Experienced in building company culture and strong teams, Kelle brings a leadership background to Brynmor Early Education & Preschool. In an over twenty-year career in retail management, Kelle led store and district level teams for retailers Ann Taylor and Target. She was a district trainer and promoted many of her direct reports while improving internal and external client satisfaction results. 

For the past nine years, she has had the opportunity to work in her local school system as a paraprofessional and as an administrative assistant. She loved seeing the growth her students with special needs experienced when provided with the right curriculum and supports, Kelle worked with ABA specialists to design learning plans tailored to each student. As a principal’s administrative assistant, she led the office team in a busy school environment. Making work fun and engaging is her first priority. 

Kelle lives in Portland, CT with her husband and spoiled Bichon Frise, Penny. She enjoys gardening, reading and travel.