Welcome to Early Childhood

Virginia Pre-School Initiative is a program based upon the developmental needs of 4 year old children. Academic curriculum (Language Arts, Math, etc.) is delivered through fun-filled and hands on  activities. Many opportunities to acquire social skills are provided as children work independently, in small groups, and in large groups. Teachers are committed to ensuring that each one of their students  is provided with the necessary academic and social experiences in order to transition successfully to Kindergarten.

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The VPI team includes:

Alicia Cherry

Teacher: Alicia Cherry

My name is Alicia Cherry. I am a proud single mom to almost 4 year old twins. I am originally from Butler, Pennsylvania but have been in Virginia since 1998. I have been a teacher for over 20 years now. I have taught in Maryland, California and Virginia. I am dual certified in elementary education and special education. I hold a BS degree in elementary education from Slippery Rock University of PA a M.Ed degree in severe disabilities from George Mason University. Over the years I have taught every grade from PreK to 6 as either a special education co- teacher or a general education inclusion teacher. When I am not teaching or chasing my own preschoolers, I am always trying to find time to take a nap!

Fatima RemadanAssistant: Fatima Remadan

Katherine Lopez


Teacher: Katie Lopez

Hi! My name is Ms. Katie Lopez. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Florida International University. In my free time I love to exercise, do yoga, listen to podcasts about health, fitness and education, and I love spending quality time with my husband and my cat, Valentine 😊. I have been teaching for a total of 10 years (between teaching here and in Miami). I started my teaching career teaching Kindergarten, then moved to first grade, and then for 7 years I have stayed in Pre-K (which I am in LOVE with).

Grayson Contreras

Assistant: Grayson Contreras

My name’s Grayson. I live to laugh and make others laugh and/or smile. I am well known for my artistic skill set but also dabble quite a bit in the swimming, cycling and soccer worlds. I am a proud Arlingtonian who was born and raised in Arlington, attended Arlington Public Schools and am proud to be working in the this school system ever since graduating high school. So although I sleep in a different city, my life still very much remains in Arlington.