is our Day School Director. Mrs. Harrison is very excited to be a part of the Educational Ministry Team at EEDS! A native of Norfolk, she is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Speech Communication. She came to EEDS after serving for 19 years as the Director and Pre-K four-year-old teacher at a local preschool. She is passionate that a child’s first school experience should be a positive one where the child feels loved, successful, engaged and that “school is a good place to be.”
Mrs. Harrison and her husband have two married daughters, three grandchildren, and 3 golden retriever grand-dogs. In her spare time, Mrs. Harrison enjoys gardening, traveling, cooking, and entertaining family and friends in her home. She is looking forward to partnering with you in the education of your preschooler.
is the Classroom Aide and Administrative |Assistant for EEDS. Mary moved to Virginia from Pennsylvania six years ago. She has been married to an active duty sailor for ten years and has two children, 9 and 7, and two rescue dogs. She holds two Associate Degrees from Butler County Community College. Mary is an active PTA member, avid crafter, and passionate reader but most of all enjoys spending time with her family.
teaches one of our M-F Four-Year-Old classes. Mrs. Atkinson is originally from Texas and has lived in Chesapeake, VA for the last twenty-six years. She studied at The University of Texas and Western Washington University where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has completed post-graduate work in the areas of speech, language development and reading. Mrs. Atkinson has experience teaching preschool through fourth grade. Most recently, she served for 14 years as the lead three-year-old teacher at a local preschool. This is her fourth year at EEDS.
Mrs. Atkinson has been married to her husband, Gary, for 40 years. They settled in the Hampton Roads area after he retired from his career as a naval aviator. They have two married daughters and four young grand-daughters. In addition, Mrs. Atkinson is a nationally rated gymnastics judge for USA Gymnastics. When not teaching or judging gymnastics, she enjoys spending time with her family in the Catskill Mountains.
teaches one of our M-F Four-Year-Old classes. Mrs. Eaken is an Ohio native where she earned her B.A. in communications from Mount Union College. She has also studied Elementary Education at Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned her Pre-K - 6th Teaching Credentials (with a Meritorious Teacher designation) and she also taught four-year-olds at a local preschool. This is her fourth year teaching at EEDS.
Mrs. Eaken has been married to her husband, Shawn, and living in Chesapeake for 17 years. She has three children ( two boys and one girl- ages 14, 9 & 7 ), two dogs and one cat. In her free time, she serves on her local PTA board, volunteers with her children's Scout troop/pack, enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
is teaching the Monday, Wednesday, Friday Pre-K Class. Although this is her first year at EEDS, Emily is an experienced preschool teacher.
teaches the Monday, Wednesday and Friday Three-Year-Old class. Her love for children is evident by her 27 years of involvement in preschool and childcare. She has had the privilege of teaching the children of children she taught during her early years in education. Mrs. Travaglio began as a Teacher's Aid at First Baptist Church in Norfolk and has held many preschool positions as a preschool teacher, the Church Resource Coordinator and as the Childcare Coordinator. She taught Two and Four-Year-Olds for seven years at Bayside Baptist Church's preschool. Her final year at Bayside she served as an Assistant for PreK. Originally from Butler, PA, she moved to Virginia with her husband. She has been blessed with two grown boys that still live locally.
is the co-teacher in the Monday-Friday Two-Year-Old class. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Cherie has over 17 years of experience in education and childcare. She is a Navy wife and mother of 4. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and camping with her family.