Our Staff

karen_kearse_crop_smallKaren Kearse is our Day School Director. Mrs. Kearse has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Long Island University and operated a successful before and after school program for many years. She has served as a substitute teacher for Virginia Beach Public Schools.  She is currently working on her certification in Early Childhood Development and has worked for the Day School for five years.  Mrs. Kearse feels blessed to be working with children during the first 5 years of life, because she knows that this extremely important time will set the stage for their overall developmental progress, future happiness and success.  Mrs. Kearse is married with three children and enjoys travel, reading and theater.



miheala_guy_crop_smallMihaela Guy teaches one of our two-year-old classes.  She has degrees in Law and Management, but her passion is teaching and she is continuing her studies in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching French to children for over 10 years. She is particularly successful in helping children with speech development.  She speaks four languages and is married with three children.  Two of Mrs. Guy’s daughters  have graduated from the Day School.



Alex Shields teaches one of our classes of four-year-olds. Mrs. Shields is currently working on  a Master’s degree in Licensed Clinical Social Work. She has spent 6 years working with children and last school year she worked for the Day School as a substitute teacher, primarily teaching our 4-year-old children. She possesses a vibrant personality and  passion for early childhood development.  In her free time, she enjoys backpacking with her husband, relaxing with their dog (Gadget) and bunny (Hop). She is extremely excited about the upcoming school year!



PENALorenza Peña teaches one of our classes of four-year-olds. This is Mrs. Peña’s third year with EEDS. She has previously taught both our 3 and 4 year old children. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Peña is married with a daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.



Christi Farr teaches one of our classes of three-year-olds. Mrs. Farr has a degree in Psychology and more than six years working with children.  Her energy and enthusiasm for teaching is a blessing to her students. She places a strong emphasis on promoting a love of books and reading with the children .  She is married with two daughters. One daughter is a recent graduate of the Day School and the other is currently attending.



Beverly Duyos teaches one of our classes of four-year-olds.  This is her third year with the Day School. She has a CDA (Child Development Associate) in Early Childhood Education and has great success preparing her students for kindergarten. She has previously worked  at St. Matthew’s Preschool in Virginia Beach. Mrs. Duyos is married with two children and in her spare time she enjoys photography, crafts, reading and spending time with family.



Robin Rictor teaches one of our classes of four-year-olds. Mrs. Rictor is one class away from completing her CDA (Child Development Associate) in Early Childhood Education. She comes to us with a great deal of experience working with young children.  She has previously worked at Early Discoveries and Early Adventures in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake with at risk children. Mrs. Rictor is married with one child and two “fur babies”. In her spare time she enjoys photography, crafts, reading and spending time with family and friends.



Lauren Scutt  teaches one of our classes of three-year-olds. At her last position, Ms. Scutt was a teacher for children ages 2-5 years. She has a passion for teaching and says she has been working with children for as far back as she can remember. She grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and lives in Norfolk with her cat Minnie and dog Callie. Her hobbies include reading, singing and dancing.


Carmen Torres is our Resource Teacher and  Director’s Administrative Assistant who leads classes in Spanish and Computers. She is also one of our wonderful substitute teachers.  This is her fourth year at Emmanuel and before that she taught for 3 years at Tender Touch Day Care and Learning Center. Originally from Puerto Rico, she now lives in Norfolk.  She enjoys listening to music, dancing, travel and spending time with her two sons Angel and Yadier.



Shontae Evans is an Administrative Assistant in the Day School office as well as an aide to our teachers. Ms. Evans is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Education. She hopes to pursue a career as a school guidance counselor. She loves spending time with her family and playing with kitty cat named “Kitty”.