We believe…

bullet-arrow-blue-001 That learning should be meaningful for children.

We believe that learning, including Biblical learning, must make sense from the child’s point of view. We trust that if a child’s learning is meaningful to the child, the learning is deeper and enduring. We constantly strive to meet children where they are developmentally and in terms of their interests in order to maximize their preschool experience.

bullet-arrow-blue-001 That children should be an active participant in their own learning.

At VPCP, each child is encouraged to propose topics to explore, plan those explorations and carry out those plans in a safe and encouraging environment. Children are also encouraged to evaluate their plans and retool as necessary to achieve their desired results with teacher support. We have learned that the more child-directed our curriculum is, the more motivated and engaged the children are in their learning environment.

bullet-arrow-blue-001 That our classrooms are a third teacher, after other children and adults.

We aim to provide children with a rich learning environment that is warm and welcoming, free of distractions, yet full of learning opportunities including open-ended materials and well-managed props and art supplies.

bullet-arrow-blue-001 That collaboration between teacher, parent and child leads to the best possible learning experience for children.

We invite parents into our classrooms and school often to share in the learning process. To foster community, we host a variety of events throughout each school year, including family events and educational opportunities for parents.

Community Art 4Our Philosophy

Our teaching philosophy at Vienna Presbyterian Church Preschool is rooted first and foremost in the belief that God created each and every child, and every moment we have with them is a precious gift.

We incorporate these three attributes into all of our curriculum:

  • Developmental: Our curriculum enables all children to realize their full potential. It allows our teaching staff to determine what each child knows and is able to do and to help them move to their next level in all areas of development including spiritual, physical, cognitive, social-emotional and language.
  • Emergent: The emergent nature of our curriculum relies on children’s ideas, thoughts, and observations.
  • Flexible:  Our experienced staff have developed the curriculum over many years of working with children.

Mission and Objectives

The mission of VPCP is to provide an environment that is Christ-centered and dedicated to support families in the Christian nurturing of their children.

In keeping with its mission, the objectives of VPCP are:

  • Spiritual: To create a Christ-centered environment where each child’s uniqueness and special gifts are celebrated.
  • Social-emotional: To provide a sense of community and to teach each child the skills necessary for achieving a sense of self, taking responsibility for self and others and accepting and expressing emotions appropriately.
  • Cognitive: To provide a learning environment that supports and encourages growth in problem solving and thinking both logically and symbolically.
  • Physical: To provide a physical environment that will encourage children to achieve both fine motor (hands and wrists) and gross motor (large muscle groups) control.
  • Language: To provide a language-rich environment in which children can begin to practice and learn the skills related to listening and speaking as well as those of pre-reading and writing.


VPCP’s curriculum is based on the development of the whole child. Teachers focus on each child’s spiritual, social-emotional, cognitive, physical and language development and emphasize age-appropriate activities and learning through play and fellowship. VPCP’s curriculum is unique to our school and has been built over time by our professional teaching staff but builds on the foundations taught by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Teachers and assistant teachers practice positive discipline techniques similar to Early Childhood experts Becky Bailey, Ph.D. and Katherine Kersey, Ph.D.


Terri Franke – Interim Preschool Director       DSC_0084

I grew up in Fairfax County and attended UVA where I earned a BS in Commerce.  After college, I worked for IBM for 10 years in various administrative and technical positions.  My husband and I have attended Vienna Presbyterian Church since 2001.  While our sons were young, I was a stay-at-home mom, substitute elementary school teacher, church and school volunteer.

I joined VPC Preschool in 2009.  I feel so blessed to work with our wonderful VPCP families and staff.  In my spare time I am enjoy walking and biking, cooking, gardening and dogs.

Note:  VPCP will be smaller this year due to pandemic safety restrictions.  The staff information below is from 2019-2020 and will be updated in the near future.  

Pre-K Program

Bears Team: Catherine Wideman, Juliet Johnson


Frogs Team: Casey Dressendorfer, Gwynne Corridon

Pandas Team: Emily Seskey, Laura Freeman

Owls Team: Sally McConville, Laura Freeman

Three Year Old Program


Dragonflies Team:  Sandy Hogge, Anna Wu

Ladybugs Team 2017 2018

Ladybugs Team:  Beth Herzog, Kathy Fast

Final BF 1718

Butterflies Team:  Beth Herzog, Brenda Klimavicz

Two and Half Year Old Program


Turtles Team: Hayley Keeter and Cookie Sticinski

 Specials and Office Staff

Allison Brake and Linda Criscitello (Music), Marnie Sturm (Chapel and Director), Terri Franke (Assistant Director)

2019-2020 VPC Preschool Staff  

Back Row from Left to Right:

Marnie Sturm, Juliet Johnson, Emily Seskey, Hayley Keeter, Kathy Fast

Middle Row from Left to Right:

Sally McConville, Beth Herzog, Gwynne Corridon, Laura Freeman, Cookie Sticinski

Front Row from Left to Right: Catherine Wideman, Terri Franke, Brenda Klimavicz, Anna Wu, Sandy Hogge, Casey Dressendorfer

Music Teachers are not pictured: Allison Brake and Linda Criscitello