Danielle Clark, Head of Admissions
Danielle earned a Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York and her Bachelors in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked in private preschools in New York City and a public preschool in Falls Church City, Virginia. Danielle has extensive experience in child development, mentoring teachers and curricular development. Danielle has been Director of Education at Our PlayHouse Preschool and Kindergarten for the last four years.
Danielle is inspired by the Reggio philosophy and loves the project-based approach to education. She is passionate about creating hands on learning environments for both her students and the staff to inquire and explore to further their understanding of the world. She believes education should be about wonder, creativity, imagination, and discovery.
Carrie Becker, Head of School Design
Carrie Becker has 20 years of experience in the field of education with a focus on early childhood and special education. Since childhood Carrie knew she wanted to be a mom and a teacher. She has bachelors degrees in elementary and special education and a masters degree in curriculum/instruction. Carrie has taught in traditional and emergent classroom settings in both public and independent school learning environments.
Carrie uses her experiences in the field of education as a guide for her educational consulting business- Transforming Early Childhood Education In her consulting role Carrie is the developer and facilitator of teacher training workshops, she acts as a teacher mentor, and creates specialized emergent based curriculum frameworks. She has a passion for creating environments that foster a love of learning while seeing all children as competent and capable of guiding their own educational path.
Danielle Sunde, Co-Founder & Head of School
Danielle is a mother to four boys and the founder of Our Playhouse Preschool. She is a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman’s College and began her career as an import/export coordinator for a major textile company. She transitioned into marketing for a major national consumer goods brand prior to leaving the full time workforce to be a full time mom. In 2008 Danielle and her husband Jay decided to open a preschool for their sons. Our Playhouse is a Reggio Emilia inspired, play based preschool serving over 200 families at three locations in two states.
Danielle loves to read, travel, and be on and in the water.