Faculty & Staff

Susan Johnson

nameWelcome. I am Susan Johnson and I head of the Early Childhood Development program for Loudon. If you have questions about the program at NOVA or the courses offered through Loudoun please contact me.

I have an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and havealways been interested in education. I started out developing courses for adults at the Internal Revenue Service before my love of children's literature and folklore set me on a path to a Masters in Education with a focus on Early Childhood. It was then I began teaching preschool. I went from teaching adults to 3 year olds and then spent over fifteen years in a pre-K 4/5 year old class. I have now come full circle-- teaching adults interested in teaching children.

Gail Multop

nameI have a Master's in Education with an Early Childhood specialty from George Mason University with an undergraduate degree in music from The Cleveland Institute of Music. I spent many years as a performer including time with the Washington Opera and my own singing group, Ruby Glitz.

I am currently teaching full time at the Country Day School in McLean. My special interests are developing oral language skills, and arts- based curricula. 

Ann Marie Lanius

name Currently I am a Co-Director at St. David's Episcopal Preschool in Ashburn, VA. I have been working as a director since 2005. Prior to becoming a director, I was a lead teacher in the four-year old class and a second grade teacher in York, PA for 10 years.

I graduated with my BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Then I received my Masters in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. I love working with early childhood children, especially preschoolers. I also love working with adults, which is why I enjoy teaching at NOVA.

I have been an adjunct faculty member in the Early Childhood Department since 2004.

Rachel Sweeny

nameI have a Bachelor's Degree in English and Psychology from Duke University and a Master's of Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction, from George Mason University. I has taught everything from preschool through adults. I am currently working as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools working with kindergarten and first grade students.  I work with the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) action team at my school, coordinating family involvement programming across grade levels 

In my free time, I enjoy family time with my husband and two children, reading and traveling.

Joan Ehrlich

nameI joined NOVA in 2008 after retiring from the Fairfax County Public School system. My background is in Special Education and Deaf Education. In addition to my adjunct teaching duties I have a "day job" at NOVA as the Coordinator of Interpreter Services for deaf and hard of hearing students. I have a doctorate in Special Education Administration from Gallaudet University and a Masters in Deaf Education and Bachelors in Special Education, both from the University of Arizona.I have seen many changes in the approaches to working with children with disabilities through the years, and have enjoyed a challenging and fulfilling career in education. I am honored to work with those of you who are training for this profession.

Julie Hellstrom

I am currently working as a Co-director at St. David's Episcopal Preschool in Ashburn, Virginia and have been since 2003. Prior to working at St. David's Preschool, I taught fourth grade for five years and seventh grade Language Arts for two years. 

  I received my B.S. In Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1987 and other than spending several years at home after the birth of my children, I have never ventured far from the classroom.  I enjoy working with and teaching all ages, from our littlest preschoolers to adult learners.