Our Teachers

Dedicated. Professional. Caring.

Sugar Plums teachers come from all kinds of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.  We believe children thrive in such diversity.  But all of our teachers share one thing in common: a love of teaching and guiding young children. They also share a commitment to Purposeful Play and bring their unique skill sets and interests to their lessons.


Rubina

Lead Teacher: Gumdrops

When an infant takes a rattle for the first time, using their newfound grasping skills to shake and move the rattle to different rhythms, Ms. Rubina's heart soars. And when she looks into their eyes and they make eye contact and returns the smile, she's in heaven.  She's committed to a partnership with parents, sharing lessons of the day to help parents reinforce teaching at home.  In addition to her early education certifications, she holds a B.S. in Related Arts. 

Favorite Educational Toy: Rattles

Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Small Motor Play

Joined Sugar Plums: 2015

Melinda

Assistant Teacher: Gumdrops

The farm comes alive in Ms. Melina's classroom.  She loves teaching children to identify different animals and the sounds they make.  Storytime features the adventures of animals. Songs featuring animals and their sounds fill the room.  Photos of animals and their lead letters grace the walls.  And arts and crafts oftentimes features things like footprint dogs or chicken handprints. She knows how art using sensory skills fosters early creativity. 

Favorite Education Toys: Farm Flashcards

Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Arts Play

Joined Sugar Plums: 2015

Latha

Lead Teacher: Jelly Beans

"Bum bum" goes Ms. Latha's hands on the drum.  "Bum bum" goes a little hand, repeating the sound and motion.  Then, "Bum, bum, bum, bum" goes the little hand, staring right into Ms.Latha's eyes asking for her to repeat.  And she happily does!  It's a sign that her student is learning to mimic, to understand cause and effect, and to hear rhythm.  It might sound just like a drum to you, but Ms.Latha knows just how much her little friend is learning right now.


Favorite Educational Toy: Musical Instruments

Favorite Type Of Purposeful Play: Arts Play

Joined Sugar Plums: 2018

Yolanda

Assistant Teacher: Lemondrops

With over 25 years of childcare experience, Ms. Yolanda knows first-hand how to meet each child's unique needs.  She gets excited when her students put their new found fine motor skills to use, using trial and error to grasp, stack and nest stacking cups. In addition to her early childhood certifications, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Banking and Finance.


Favorite Educational Toy: Stacking cups

Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Small Motor Play

Joined Sugar Plums: 2011

Indu

Lead Teacher: Tootsie Pops

​It's not uncommon to see tall towers of blocks in Ms. Indu's classrooms.  She's working on construction play with both fine and gross motor skills, but she's also teaching some of the children's first language with words they can easily imitate like "fall down" and "uh oh".  Her children also start to hear numbers and counting, as each added block makes the tower taller.  And she loves watching her students make their own impressive towers - and then gleefully knock them over to start again.  In addition to her early childhood certifications, Indu holds a B.S. in Economics.

Favorite Educational Toy: Building blocks

Favorite Type of  Purposeful Play: Construction Play

Joined Sugar Plums: 2012

Hinna

Assistant Teacher: Tootsie Pops

You just might hear your child say "Bu bu bu" after a day with Ms. Hinna.  That's because she loves teaching simple vocal sounds of speech to help expand children's early recognition of word sounds.  So a day of bubble play includes practicing "Bu Bu Bu" on their way to being able to say "Bubbles"." In addition to her early education certifications, Ms. Hinna holds her O Levels from the Westminster School in Dubai, U.A.E.  

Favorite Educational Toy: Cause and Effect Toys

Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Small Motor Play
Joined Sugar Plums: 2016

Sophie

Lead Teacher: Sweet Hearts

Plastic Easter eggs become maracas, water bottles filled with colorful caps become shakers, and straws become pan flutes in Ms. Sophie's classroom where creativity and music come together.   And she loves teaching her students to dance to the music - either music they are making or music they are listening to together.  You can see pure joy on the faces of the children in her classroom.
 

Favorite Educational Toy: Musical Instruments
Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Arts Play
Joined Sugar Plums: 2016

 

Fatou

Lead Teacher: Jelly Beans

Ms. Fatou wishes parents understood just how much children learn through play.  Lessons like taking turns, respecting others space, or new words all come through creative, purposeful play.  And when her students greet each other in the morning with big hugs, she knows she's not just teaching but fostering a community.  In addition to her early education certifications, she holds a B.S. in biology &, geology with a minor in secondary education.

Favorite Educational Toy: Building blocks

Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Language & Literacy Play
Joined Sugar Plums: 2010

Jessica

Assistant Teacher: Lollipops

In Ms. Jessica's classroom, there is an Emotions Board.  When one of her students is experiencing an emotion, they and their classmates head to the Board to name it and understand it.  It's just one of the ways Ms. Jessica is working on a host of social and emotional skills.  And when they play make believe, that newfound understanding of emotions finds its way into the characters they create.

Favorite Educational Toy: Magnetic shapes

Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Imaginative Play

Joined Sugar Plums: 2017

Lydia

Lead Teacher: Sugar Plums

Your child comes home and announces it's Wednesday!  That's because Ms. Lydia loves language play and teaching letters, numbers, names and words.  Creative projects like creating science-based placements featuring the first letter of your name not only organizes snack times but helps her students learn their own name letters.  Lydia is also passionate about science and looks for ways to showcase the science behind children's everyday life.  

Favorite Educational Toy: Science magnets

Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Language & Literacy Play
Joined Sugar Plums: 2017

Aleisha

Assistant Teacher: Floater

Ms. Aliesha knows: the best toys for Purposeful Play are oftentimes not toys at all, but cardboard boxes or scarves that are transformed into buses or houses or sweaters or babies when children are allowed to play freely and use their imagination.  Ms. Aliesha loves it when students collectively get excited and run off to transform their idea into reality, cutting out windows, painting headlights, drawing up bus routes...the play seems endless.  Ms. Aleisha encourages music with cups and pans, and pretend play with just about anything.  The creativity flows when she's in the room.


Favorite Educational Toy: Scarves

Favorite Type of Purposeful Play: Imaginative Play

Joined Sugar Plums: 2018

Lead Teachers

Our Lead Teachers are both experienced and credentialed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in early childhood education.  Each of them holds their 90-hour MSDE Certification, focused on child growth & development as well as curriculum & teaching methods in infant, toddler and/or preschool care and activities.  In addition, many of our Lead Teachers  hold a college degree. (delete this in bold)  in early childhood education or a related field.  All of our Lead Teachers have a minimum of one year’s experience working in a Maryland licensed childcare center.  Many of our teachers have over a decade of service in early childhood education and the average number of years of service for Sugar Plum teachers is six years.


Assistant Teachers

Some of our Assistant Teachers are well on their way to becoming Lead Teachers, having completed 45 hours of the 90 hours for certification.  They are also being mentored by our Lead Teachers and gaining valuable experience with senior staff guidance.

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