Our Staff

Anna Philyaw
Anna Philyaw

Assistant Director

Anna Philyaw is the Assistant Director at MPCP and a DMV native. She is a former preschool lead teacher and program administrator from the Goddard School in Bowie, MD. She earned her Fine Arts degree from Bowie State, CDA, T.O.E.F.L Certification, and Early Childhood Education Certifications in Infant, Preschool & School Age development & curriculum from Howard Community College. She is also a former freshman & sophomore English and grammar teacher at Jianghan University. She enjoys teaching learners of all ages through music, poetry, and games, but loves to spark young people’s love of learning. She is also a classically trained musician and singer who loves trying new vegan foods & world travel. 

Kennita Napitupulu
Kennita Napitupulu

Teacher

I’m Kennita Napitupulu or Ms. N, a proud teacher at MPCP and Florida native. I moved to Maryland 10 years ago and began my teaching career. Science is my favorite subject to explore with my students as I am fascinated by the diverse plant & animal life and weather of my home state. I enjoy introducing and sharing all of life’s fascinating discoveries & experiences as we explore our world. It helps me to rediscover my own childlike sense of curiosity and wonder. An interesting fact about myself, I have a lifelong fascination with words and word play and am , thusly, very passionate about literacy. That’s me! 

Sonia Margot Santizo

Sonia Margot Santizo

Teacher

My name is Sonia Margot Santizo. I am from Guatemala. I graduated in Guatemala as a Preschool Education Teacher, and I also obtained my Preschool Bilingual CDA Certification from the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington DC. I like listening to music. I love to share with the children every day and see how they grow, develop, learn and have fun in their different stages. And the most important thing is to help the children and be part of their progress. 

Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin

Teacher's Assistant

My name is Michelle Martin and I’m from Washington, D.C. I graduated from Central High School in 1987 and received my 90 Credit Hour Certificate and some Early Childhood Education Course credit from Prince George’s Community College. My favorite thing to teach is language and literacy through music and movement, reading, and writing. I love seeing the light bulb moment when children learn new information or add to their prior knowledge. I’m also a Foodie and a coffee connoisseur. 

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Teacher's Assistant

My name is Lauren Taylor. I’m from Clarksburg, MD. I’m studying Elementary Education at the University of Maryland. My favorite thing to teach is science. What I love most about early childhood education is how versatile children are. They are able to adapt and grow so quickly and easily. An interesting fact about me is I play the piccolo in the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band at UMD.

Jordan Daniels
Jordan Daniels

Teacher's Assistant

I am from Laurel Maryland. I’m studying Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education. My favorite thing to teach is writing skills. What I love about early childcare is seeing the children learn and grow. An interesting fact about me is I used to play softball in high school. 

Sergio Almirez

Sergio Almirez

Building Supervisor

My name is Sergio Almirez. I am originally from Guatemala City. I am a former Elementary school Teacher and the current Building Supervisor. I like to play ping-pong and tennis. What I love about early childhood education is kids are ready to learn and discover! I am not active teaching in school but helping the Spanish language community as volunteer. 

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